Badger Sports Roundup: the week in preview

A look at what is ahead in Wisconsin athletics

New Page 1

Softball: Wisconsin at Northern Iowa, Thursday, April 22 at 5 p.m. CDT and Wisconsin at Michigan, Sunday, April 25, double header beginning at 11 a.m.


The Badgers will break their case of the splits one way or another Thursday evening in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Wisconsin has split five straight series but will play Northern Iowa just once before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the ninth-ranked Wolverines.


Batting Leaders

Hits: Kris Zacher, 52 (.356 average)

RBI: Boo Gillette, 32

Runs: Zacher, 33

HR: Zacher, Gillette 4


Pitching Leaders

Wins: Katie Layne, 12-9

IP: Eden Brock, 120.2

ERA: Eden Brock, 1.68


Men's track: Wisconsin at Drake Relays, Friday-Saturday, April 23-24; Wisconsin at Oregon Invitational, Friday-Saturday, April 23-24; Wisconsin at Loras Open, Saturday, April 24.


The Badgers, the newly appointed No. 1 team in the nation in the United States Track Coaches Association Team Power Rankings, will split their squad in three directions this weekend.


Wisconsin's top sprinters, throwers and jumpers will head to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Relays, while the distance runners will travel to Eugene, Oregon for the Oregon Invitational. A small contingent will head to Dubuque for the Loras Open.


Women's track: Wisconsin at Loras Open, Saturday, April 24. Competition begins at 10 a.m.


Women's tennis: Wisconsin at Michigan State, Saturday, April 24 at 9 a.m.; Wisconsin at Michigan, Sunday, April 25 at 11 a.m.


The Badgers will look to maintain their winning ways as they close out the regular season with two matches in the state of Michigan. Wisconsin (12-9 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) has won five consecutive dual matches and has risen to a No. 52 national ranking. After facing the Spartans (8-11, 3-5) Saturday, the Badgers take on No. 27 Michigan (14-4, 5-3) Sunday.


Wisconsin will begin play in the Big Ten Championships in Evanston, Ill. next Thursday.


Team wins leaders

Singles: Katie McGaffigan (No. 1), 14-7

Doubles: McGaffigan/Lindsay Martin (No. 1), 13-8


Men's tennis: Wisconsin v. Michigan State, Saturday, April 24 at noon and Wisconsin v. Michigan, Sunday, April 25 at noon. Both matches take place at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.


The Badgers (7-12 overall, 2-6 Big Ten) close out their home slate and regular season this weekend before competing in the Big Ten Championships next week.


Team wins leaders

Singles: Alex Kasarov (No. 1), Scott Green (No. 2, 3 and 4), 9-10

Doubles: Kasarov/David Hippee (No. 1), 13-5


Women's golf: Wisconsin at Big Ten Championship in Columbus, Ohio, Friday-Sunday, April 23-25.


Ohio State hosts the conference invite at the OSU Scarlet Course. Competitors will play 36 holes Friday, followed by rounds of 18 Saturday and Sunday.


Senior Malinda Johnson is among the favorites to win the individual championship this weekend. She has been named Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times this season and is currently 12th in the nation in the Golfstat Cup scoring average ratings.


Wisconsin's team enters the tournament ranked No. 72 in the nation, the seventh-highest ranking in the Big Ten.


Men's and women's openweight crew and women's lightweight crew: 32nd Annual Midwest Rowing Championships, Saturday, April 24 in Madison.


Wisconsin's women's lightweights are ranked No. 3 in the nation, the men's openweights are tied for No. 5 and women's openweights are ranked No. 13.


Competitors race on an 1,850-meter course beginning at Wingra Park and finishing at Vilas Park. The staging area/start line and finish/spectator area are both located at Vilas Park. The first boats hit the water at 6:30 a.m., with the men's openweight eight final closing competition at 3:50 p.m.  

Badger Nation Top Stories