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Softball goes 3-2 at Tulsa Invite; Garrett Jones places second; women's golf announces recruits

Softball: strong showing in Tulsa

Wisconsin missed an opportunity to win the Tulsa Invitational Sunday but came away from the tournament with a 3-2 record, running its overall mark to 6-5.

The Badgers won a pair of games Friday and split their Saturday games to head into a matchup with North Texas at 3-1 in Tulsa Invite action. The Mean Green, though, posted a 3-1 win over UW Sunday morning to finish the event 4-1.

North Texas hurler Kristina Fowler scattered nine hits while holding the Badgers to one earned run in a complete game. UW senior pitcher Katie Layne took the loss, giving up two runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Layne (1-1), however, picked up the win in the Badgers' tourney opener Friday, shutting out Louisiana-Monroe 2-0 in a complete game five-hitter.

Sophomore hurler Eden Brock won both of her starts over the weekend and has now won five consecutive decisions, running her overall record to 5-1. Brock gave up one run in a complete game five-hitter in the second game Friday, as UW beat Wichita State 3-1.

Brock also gave up one run in her outing Saturday, yielding seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-3 win over Tulsa. The hosts out-hit UW 9-4 in that game, but three of the Badgers' hits were home runs, including a two-run shot from senior first baseman Meghan Reiss.

Boo Gillette led UW's offense in the five-game weekend. The senior catcher had a hit in every game, going 7-for-14 at the plate with a pair of home runs — one each in wins over Tulsa and Wichita State.

UW lost to Oklahoma State 4-1 in its first game Saturday. Sophomore pitcher Megan Smith (0-3) took the loss, giving up three earned runs in a complete game.

Men's golf: Jones takes second at St. Croix Collegiate

Wisconsin sophomore Garrett Jones placed second at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic, shooting a 212 (72-70-70) over the weekend. Playing in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, the Badger men's golf team moved up three spots Sunday to finish 12th overall in the 17-team tournament, with a team score of 897 (307-294-296).

Junior John Elizondo of Texas-San Antonio finished with a 211 to win the individual medal. Xavier paced all teams with an 868 (284-286-298).

Jones' 212 was the second-lowest three-round score of his career; he shot a 204 at the Xavier Invitational last fall.

Senior Ryan Conn tied for 66th with a 230 (77-72-81), while senior Brian Brodell took 69th with a 231 (79-76-76).

Women's golf inks three

Wisconsin women's golf coach Todd Oehrlein signed three more golfers for the 2005-06 school year. In addition to Jeana Dahl, who signed with the Badgers last fall, Isabel Alvarez, Ann Marie Sztukowski and Kate Wierwill will don the cardinal and white next fall.

Alvarez, from Gijon, Spain, took sixth in the 2005 Spanish Regional Team Championship and won the 2003 Nuevo Portil National. She was also a semifinalist in the 2003 British Girls Championship.

Sztukowski, from Fond du Lac, Wis., placed fourth in the 2004 WIAA State High School championships with a 151 (78-73), earning all-state first-team honors in 2004. She earned all-conference all four years of high school.

Wisconsin grabbed a local athlete in Wierwill, who comes to Madison from Verona High School. Wierwill won the 2003 WIAA State High School championship, earning all-state and all-conference honors in 2003.

"We were able to work with Ann Marie and Kate at our golf camp last summer and we were impressed by their work habits and willingness to learn," Oehrlein said. "We feel they have the opportunity to develop into outstanding players. Isabel brings a wealth of international experience and success. We're really looking forward to working with all three players beginning in September."

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