Badger Sports Roundup, April 17

Men's rowing defends W Cup; women's tennis still streaking; softball blanks Hoosiers; men's tennis falls; women's crew splits

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Men's rowing defends W Cup title

After going the first 10 years of the competition without winning the W Cup, the fifth-ranked Wisconsin men's rowing team won its second-straight title, upsetting No. 2 Washington on Seattle's Montlake Cut Saturday morning.


The Badgers' varsity eight boat defeated Washington's boat by two-and-a-half seconds, finishing in 5:55.0 in the 2,000-meter race. 

"It was very surprising," head coach Chris Clark said. "Our execution looked like execution you'd see in a team in six weeks, not the second race of the season."


Wisconsin will host the Midwest Rowing Championship on Lake Wingra April 24.


Badger tennis takes down Buckeyes


The women's tennis team continued its hot streak, defeating Ohio State 7-0 Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison for its fourth consecutive dual match victory.


Wisconsin (11-9 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) crushed Ohio State (8-11, 3-4) in singles, defeating the Buckeyes in straight sets in all six matches.


"It was a good match," Badger head coach Patti Henderson said. "It's the first time all year that we've played a ranked team and won in straight sets across the board in singles. So that was good."


Wisconsin fought for the doubles point, as the No. 1 pair of juniors Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan fell to OSU seniors Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Colville 8-1. 


Freshman Caitlin Burke and senior Teresa Gonzaga won their match against junior Emily DeCamilla and junior Lindsey Adams while the duo of freshman Kaylan Caiati and senior Shana McElroy defeated freshman Kristin Messmer and senior Jackie Leskovar, giving Wisconsin the doubles point.

"For (Caiati and McElroy) to win when (Wisconsin's) No. 1 had a very off day was a great thing for the team to be able to witness," Henderson said. "I think that was huge for us. To start off and get the doubles point, the way we got the doubles point."


The Badgers will say goodbye to their departing seniors in their final home match, against Penn State Sunday at 11 a.m.


Gonzales, Badgers shut down Indiana


Sophomore pitcher Sara Gonzales made sure one early run was enough for Wisconsin to win Saturday afternoon.


Gonzales tossed the first complete-game shutout of her career, allowing just seven base runners in a 1-0 win over Indiana (24-24 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) in the second of a 2-game series at Goodman Diamond.


Wisconsin (24-20, 4-6) engineered a run in the top of the first inning. With one out freshman third baseman Athena Vasquez reached based on an infield hit and advanced to second on junior shortstop Kris Zacher's single to right. Junior catcher Boo Gillette hit into a fielder's choice to move Vasquez to third and senior left fielder Diana Consolmagno beat out a grounder to third for a base hit, allowing Vasquez to score.


It was all the offense the Badgers would provide, as Indiana sophomore Mariangee Bogado (13-14) pitched five innings, allowing just six hits and the one run, but took the loss.


Gonzales (2-2), in her seventh start of the season, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three.


The Hoosiers had the tying run at second with two away in the bottom of the sixth when Bogado lined a shot into the right-center field gap, but junior right fielder Natalie Phillips made a beautiful running catch to end the inning.


Gonzales retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, but Indiana made things interesting with an infield single and a walk. However, Gonzales got freshman third baseman Rachel Terry to fly out to Phillips in right to preserve the win.


Wisconsin is back in action at Goodman Diamond Sunday when it hosts Purdue in a doubleheader beginning at noon.


Openweights face top competition in Big Ten


The openweight women's crew team defeated Iowa and Indiana but could not get by No. 1 Ohio State on Lake Lemon in Indiana Saturday.


Wisconsin won six races against Iowa and Indiana in the morning, including the varsity eight race, which the Badgers won in 6:35.0. Wisconsin also took top-place finishes from the second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight teams.


In the afternoon, Wisconsin faced Iowa and Ohio State, where Bucky fell to OSU's undefeated varsity eight team, earning a second-place time of 6:39.32.


Minnesota also competed in the races but did not face Wisconsin.


"The crews performed very strongly," Interim Director of Women's Crew Sue Ela said. "We learned a lot about where we are at in the season here—obviously we have a way to go. We raced very well in the final race, the varsity eight against Ohio State."


Men's tennis falls to Nittany Lions


Penn State swept the doubles matches en route to a 5-2 win over Wisconsin Saturday in Happy Valley.


Wisconsin kept it close though, as its doubles pairs at the two and three spots fell to Penn State 9-8. The Nittany Lions duo of senior Roddy Cantey and sophomore Malcom Scatliffe upset the No. 33 duo of junior Alex Kasarov and senior David Hippee 8-6.


Wisconsin picked up singles wins from seniors Scott Green and Hippee but Scatliffe got the best of Kasarov at the No. 1 spot, defeating him 6-4 and 6-2.


Wisconsin will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio State Sunday at noon.


—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report

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