Badger Sports Roundup, April 3

Softball finishes weekend 3-1; women's tennis winning streak ends; men's tennis loses; women's golf places seventh

Softball splits Sunday, goes 3-1 on weekend

The Wisconsin softball team split a double header with Penn State Sunday, coming from behind to win 6-5 in game one before losing 7-1.

The Sunday afternoon loss snapped the Badgers' four-game winning streak, which included three straight comeback wins to open the Big Ten season.

In its first games of the Big Ten season and first games at home this season, UW went 3-1 over the weekend and now stands 12-12 overall this year.

After Kris Zacher's sixth-inning solo home run gave the UW a 2-1 win over Ohio State Friday afternoon, the Badgers trailed the Buckeyes 3-0 early in Saturday's contest. UW, though, scored four runs in the fourth inning on home runs by freshman Katie Hnatyk, senior catcher Boo Gillette and freshman right fielder Ricci Robben. It was the first time in school history the Badgers had three round trippers in one inning.

The Badgers took a 7-3 lead in the sixth on freshman third baseman Joey Daniels' 3-run triple, but OSU stormed back with four runs in the bottom of the inning, sending the game to extra innings.

Robben scored Zacher with an RBI double in the top of the eighth and left fielder Anastasia Miller plated Gillette with a sacrifice fly to provide the 9-7 margin. Sophomore Eden Brock (9-4) picked up the win in relief.

Miller capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh in the first game Sunday with a two-out, two-RBI single as UW came all the way back from a 4-0 deficit to beat PSU 6-5. Senior Katie Layne picked up the win in relief of Brock to improve to 2-3 this season.

There would be no comeback in the late game Sunday, however, as the Nittany Lions jumped on the Badgers from the start, with four runs in the bottom of the first and single tallies in the second, third and sixth. PSU pitcher Ashley Esparza (5-5) allowed just two hits, one walk and one earned run in a complete game, 7-1 win. Megan Smith (1-5), who allowed six runs, but just three earned runs, in two innings, took the loss for UW.

Women's tennis falls 5-2 to Indiana

The No. 35 Wisconsin women's tennis team lost its first dual since Feb. 25 to No. 36 Indiana Sunday in Bloomington, falling 5-2 to the Hoosiers (10-8 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) to snap a 7-match winning streak.

Wisconsin (11-5, 3-2) dropped the doubles point 2-1, with the duo of freshman Chelsea Nusslock and redshirt freshman Nicole Beck defeating Cecile Perton and Dora Vastag 8-5.

Wisconsin struggled in singles, with only Beck and sophomore Kaylan Caiati defeating their respective opponents. At No. 4, Caiati smothered Dominika Walterova 6-1, 6-1 for her eighth straight singles win and Beck defeated Brianna Williams 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at the No. 5 spot.

Vastag defeated Wisconsin sophomore and No. 100 Caitlin Burke 6-4, 6-3 at the top spot, while senior and No. 93 Katie McGaffigan fell to Sarah Batty 6-2, 7-5. Katie's younger sister, Laura McGaffigan, defeated Wisconsin senior Lindsay Martin 6-4, 6-2. Nusslock fell to Perton 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 6 spot.

Wisconsin faces Minnesota next Saturday and Iowa Sunday in Madison.

Badger men fall 5-2 to Indiana

The Wisconsin men's tennis team suffered the same fate as the women's team as it fell 5-2 to No. 54 Indiana Sunday in Madison. Although Alex and Lachezar Kasarov upset the No. 56 doubles team of John Stone and Ryan Recht, the Badgers could not get that elusive conference win and fell to 0-6 in the Big Ten and 6-10 overall.

Wisconsin won the doubles point 2-1 after freshman Jeremy Sonkin and junior Mark Weinig defeated freshmen Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin 9-7 at the No. 3 spot.

Indiana (9-8, 2-2), however, won five of six singles matches to secure the match. Sonkin defeated Recht 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot for Wisconsin's only singles win. Alex Kasarov, Lachezar Kasarov, Felipe Bellido, Brian Ko and Weinig all lost their singles matches.

Vavrek places 15th at World Championship Trials

Wisconsin freshman swimmer Jackie Vavrek, along with three former Badger swimmers, competed at the World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday.

After taking ninth in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle, Vavrek finished 15th in the final in 26.71 seconds.

Matt Marshall, Bethany Pendleton and Dale Rodgers, all former Badgers, also competed at the World Championship Trials. Marshall swam the 100-meter fly and the 50 freestyle, finishing 15th in the 50 free in 23.46. He finished 15th in the preliminaries of the 100 fly in 55.19 but did not compete in the finals. Rodgers also swam in the 50 free and placed 13th in the finals in 23.54. Pendleton finished 15th in the finals of the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 56.30 seconds.

Women's golf finishes seventh at invite

The Wisconsin women's golf team finished seventh at the 19-team Indiana Invitational Sunday, tying with Illinois and Iowa with a 642 (324-318).

The Badgers, who were in fifth place after Saturday's round of 18 (the second round Saturday was canceled because of rain), fell to seventh after Minnesota improved by 34 strokes from Saturday to Sunday and finished with a 634 (334-300). Minnesota finished third while Notre Dame won the event with a 620 (312-308).

Junior Jackie Obermueller shot a 160 (81-79) to end up tied for 21st, the highest finish for a Badger. Sophomore Jill Ries placed 37th with a 163 (83-80), while junior Lindsay McMillan tied for 47th with a 164 (80-84). Freshman Katie Elliott (85-82) and sophomore Nicki Morse (80-87) tied for 57th with a 167.

Wisconsin next competes at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational April 9-10 at Purdue.

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