Badger Sports Roundup, May 9

Lightweight crew earns three silver medals at Eastern Sprints; men's golf 11th at Big Ten meet; softball season ends with 1-0 loss

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Lightweights earn silvers at Eastern Sprints


The Wisconsin women's lightweight crew team earned three silver medals at the Eastern Sprints Sunday in Camden N.J., including several upset wins over top teams. The sprints serve as the championships for the Eastern Association of Women's Collegiate Rowing, the Badgers' conference for lightweight rowing.


The No. 4 Badgers beat out No. 2 Princeton and No. 3 Georgetown in the Grand Final varsity lightweight eight to finish in 6:41.47, just behind No. 1 Radcliffe, which finished in 6:38.60.


"It was nice to see these women smiling on the awards dock," coach Mary Schofner said. "I was pleased with their race and felt they had a very strong performance."


The Badgers also placed second at the varsity four in 7:38.90, finishing behind Princeton, which clocked in at 7:36.40. The lightweight novice eight team came in second in 7:14.99, behind Purdue but ahead of No. 3 Georgetown.  The Boilermakers won the event in 7:04.40.


"Three silvers in the three events we were in shows the depth of our program. This was a pretty strong showing for Wisconsin at the Eastern Sprints, which is a very big competition for lightweight and openweight rowing," Schofner said.


Men's golf has weak showing at Big Tens


The Wisconsin men's golf team hit the bottom at the Big Ten Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday. The Badgers shot a 298 in the final 18 holes, finishing with a total of 897 in 54 holes over the weekend. Ohio State finished with an 842, including a 284 in the final round, to win its conference-high 23rd championship. OSU senior Kevin Hall shot a 68 in the last round and finished with a final score of 199 (14-under par), setting a new Big Ten record.


For Wisconsin, junior Kevin Tassistro continued to lead the Badgers, shooting a 73 in the final round for a total of 219 over the two days. He tied for 28th place while freshman Garrett Jones tied for 39th and finished with a 223 overall after shooting a 73 in Sunday's round. Juniors Ryan Conn and Dylan Esterling each finished with a 230 and tied for 52nd.


Wisconsin ended its season with the conclusion of the championship. The Badgers have no seniors and will return every player next year.


Badgers end season with loss


The Wisconsin softball team concluded its season with a 1-0 loss to Minnesota at Goodman Diamond Sunday.  The Badgers did not qualify for the Big Ten Tournament after finishing 6-14 in the conference, ending their season.


Minnesota (33-22 overall, 10-10 Big Ten) got its run when freshman third baseman Tonya Mitchell hit an infield single to score freshman designated player Katie Meyer.


Wisconsin (29-28 overall) could not get the hits it needed at the right moment, leaving the bases loaded twice and stranding seven runners overall.


In the pitcher's circle, Wisconsin freshman Eden Brock (12-13) gave up five hits and struck out three in a complete game. Minnesota senior Piper Martin (21-12) struck out eight Badgers, walked five and allowed only one hit in a complete-game shutout.


Senior left fielder Diana Consolmagno finished her career at Wisconsin after having played the third-most games in school history.

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