Badger Sports Roundup: the week in preview

A look at what is ahead in Wisconsin athletics

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Softball: Wisconsin at Loyola-Chicago, Wednesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. CDT; Wisconsin v. Illinois, Friday, April 30 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 at noon; Wisconsin v. Iowa, Sunday, May 2, doubleheader beginning at noon. All home games at Goodman Diamond.


The Badgers (26-23 overall, 5-9 Big Ten) rematch Loyola (19-26 overall, 8-7 Horizon) Wednesday after sweeping a double header at home April 7.


In the second-to-last weekend of the regular season the Badgers play a pair of series against two of the Big Ten's best teams. Wisconsin split with Iowa (33-18, 11-3) at the Hawkeye Classic March 27-28 in non-conference play. Illinois (32-17-1, 9-5) holds an 8-1 edge in its all-time series with the Badgers.


Batting Leaders

Hits: Kris Zacher, 54 (.348 average)

RBI: Boo Gillette, 32

Runs: Zacher, 33

HR: Zacher, Gillette, Anastasia Miller, 4


Pitching Leaders

Wins: Katie Layne, 12-10

IP: Eden Brock, 122.2

ERA: Eden Brock, 1.77


Women's tennis: Wisconsin at Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2.


The Badgers won their sixth consecutive match Saturday at Michigan State but then fell 7-0 at Michigan Sunday. Wisconsin will have to hope for a quick reversal in fortunes.


The regular-season closing loss dropped the Badgers (13-10 overall, 6-4 Big Ten) into a fourth-place tie with the Wolverines (15-5, 6-4) in the Big Ten standings. By way of the tie breaker, Michigan heads into this week's Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face fifth-seeded Wisconsin, Friday at 10 a.m. in a conference quarterfinal. Three preliminary round match-ups take place Thursday.


Team wins/record leaders

Singles: Katie McGaffigan (No. 1), 14-9; Caitlin Burke (No. 3-6), 8-1.

Doubles: McGaffigan/Lindsay Martin (No. 1), 13-8; Burke, Teresa Gonzaga (No. 2), 9-0.


Men's tennis: Wisconsin at Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2.


Tenth-seeded Wisconsin (7-14 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) will face No. 7 Penn State (10-8, 4-6) in a preliminary round match-up Thursday at 10 a.m. If the Badgers win, they will face No. 2 Ohio State (20-3, 9-1) at 10 a.m. Friday in a quarterfinal.


Team wins leaders

Singles: Ward Bortz (No. 4-5), Scott Green (No. 2-4) and Alex Kasarov (No. 1), 9-12

Doubles: Kasarov/David Hippee (No. 1), 13-7


Women's crew: Wisconsin at Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa., Saturday, May 1.


The No. 13 Badgers are seeded third in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight and second varsity four. Wisconsin drew a No. 2 seed in the second novice eight and the fifth seed in the varsity four.


The Badgers finished fifth overall in the event last year, winning Big Ten titles in the novice eight and second novice eight.


Men's crew: Wisconsin at Cochrane Cup in Boston, Saturday, May 1 and Wisconsin at Jablonic Cup in Boston, Sunday, May 2.


No. 5 Wisconsin faces No. 11 Dartmouth and MIT for the Cochrane Cup, then takes on Boston for the Jablonic Cup. Wisconsin has won 26 of 43 Cochrane Cup races and has won the Jablonic Cup eight consecutive times.


Women's lightweight crew: Wisconsin at Georgetown, Saturday, May 1.


The No. 3 Badgers will rematch fourth-ranked Georgetown after finishing ahead of the Hoyas in the Knecht Cup earlier this spring. 


Men's track: Wisconsin at Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday, April 30 at 6 p.m. and Wisconsin at Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, May 1 at 3 p.m.


The Badger men's track team will again split up this weekend. Distance runners will participate in the Cardinal Invitational, while the rest of the team heads to Iowa for the Musco Twilight.


Women's track: Wisconsin at Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, May 1.


The Badgers take on Drake, Illinois State, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, UW-La Crosse and host Iowa. Field events begin at 3 p.m., running events at 3:30 p.m.


Men's golf: Wisconsin at Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday, May 1.


The Badgers compete in their final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships May 7-9. Freshman Garrett Jones leads the team with a 74.8 scoring average.

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