Badger Sports Roundup: The week in preview

A glance at upcoming events in Wisconsin athletics

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Women's golf: Malinda Johnson at NCAA Central Regional in Normal, Ill., Thursday, May 6 through Saturday, May 8

 

Senior golfer Malinda Johnson is one of three individuals not attached to a team that qualified to compete in the 54-hole NCAA Central Regional at the Illinois State University golf course. Twenty-one teams will also take part in the event.

 

The top eight teams and top two individuals not attached to a team will advance to the NCAA Championship May 18-21 in Auburn, Ala.

 

This will be Johnson's third consecutive regional appearance. She finished third at last year's event.

 

Johnson is on pace to break her own school-record single-season scoring mark, which she set last year with a 75.94. This year she is averaging 74.20 per round. Her 76.20 career average is also on target to establish a new school record.

 

Men's golf: Wisconsin at Big Ten Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday May 8 and Sunday, May 9

 

Coming off their best 18- and 54-hole scores of the spring season, the Badgers head to Ann Arbor to play the University of Michigan Golf Course. The 11-team field will play 36 holes Saturday and 18 holes Sunday.

 

Freshman Garrett Jones paces Wisconsin with a 74.7 scoring average. This will likely be the final tournament of the spring for the Badgers.

 

Men's and women's track: Wisconsin Twilight, Saturday, May 8 at the McClimon Memorial Track.

 

The Badgers host their only home meet of the outdoor season Saturday. Field events begin at 2 p.m. and running events begin at 4 p.m.

 

The meet is the final preparation before the men's and women's track teams head to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 14-16.

 

Softball: Wisconsin at Illinois-Chicago, Thursday, May 6 at 5 p.m.; Wisconsin v. Minnesota, Saturday May 8 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 at noon. at Goodman Diamond in Madison

 

Wisconsin (27-27 overall, 5-13 Big Ten) wraps up its season with three games in a four-day span. Only eight teams qualify for the Big Ten Tournament and the Badgers fell out of contention after losing their seventh consecutive conference game last Sunday.

 

Wisconsin lost its home opener to Illinois-Chicago (32-30 overall, 13-1 Horizon League) 4-3 in 10 innings April 6. The Flames are in first place in the Horizon League.

 

The Badgers are playing the Gophers (32-21 overall, 9-9 Big Ten) for the first time this season. Wisconsin leads the all-time series 9-7. The teams split their regular-season-ending series last year.

 

Batting Leaders

Hits: Kris Zacher, 59 (.345 average)

RBI: Boo Gillette, 34

Runs: Zacher, 34

HR: Gillette, 5

 

Pitching Leaders

Wins: Katie Layne, 12-12

IP: Eden Brock, 144.2

ERA: Eden Brock, 1.79

 

Women's lightweight crew: Wisconsin at Eastern Sprints on the Cooper River (Camden, N.J.), Sunday, May 9

 

The Eastern Sprints serves as the championship for the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges, Wisconsin's conference for women's lightweight rowing.

 

At last year's event, the Badger varsity lightweight four placed second while the varsity lightweight eight finished third.

 

In the eight-year history of the event, Wisconsin has claimed three first-place finishes in individual races and one overall crown. The Badgers won the four, the eight and the overall title in 2001. The team won the four the following year.


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