Badger Sports Roundup, April 6

Men's track ranked 11th in Trackwire 25 poll

The Wisconsin men's track team is ranked No. 11 in the first Trackwire 25 poll, which predicts teams' finishes in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Wisconsin is predicted to score 24 points at the outdoor meet, while NCAA Indoor Champion Arkansas is predicted to win outdoors with 85 points.

Among Badger individuals, sophomore Chris Solinsky is predicted to take second in the 5,000 meters, while senior Matt Tegenkamp is ranked fifth in the same event. Junior Simon Bairu is predicted to score points for Wisconsin with a sixth-place finish in the 10,000 meters.

Sophomore Demi Omole (ranked fourth in the 100-meter dash) and junior Alonzo Moore (ranked fourth in the triple jump) are also predicted to score for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin competes at the Gatorade Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend.

Badger softball falls to UIC

The Wisconsin softball team (12-13 overall) lost a 5-4 heartbreaker to the University of Illinois-Chicago (26-16) Wednesday in Chicago after catcher Liz Jacoby hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth to give UIC the win.

Wisconsin had a season-high 12 hits in the game but stranded 11 runners on base. Sophomore Eden Brock gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits in four innings. Senior Katie Layne came in to relieve her and gave up two runs and two hits.

Five different Badgers recorded two hits apiece and four Badgers notched runs: first baseman Katie Hnatyk, third baseman Joey Daniels, left fielder Anastasia Miller and right fielder Natalie Phillips.

Wisconsin hosts top-ranked Michigan and Northwestern this weekend at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

Women's soccer inks nine

Nine students will join the Wisconsin women's soccer team for the 2005 season, head coach Dean Duerst announced.

"This is a versatile class that will provide us with great depth," Duerst said. "We have multiple players of every position except for goalkeeper. All of these players come with a definite level of Division I athleticism and a high level of club experiences."

The Badgers signed four forwards: Sandy Jorgensen of Woodbury, Minn., who will also compete with the track team; Jenna Johnson of Palos Heights, Ill.; Erin Main, of Centennial, Colo., and Emily Walsh, of Waunakee. The Badgers also signed midfielder Gina Aguglia of Naperville, Ill., defender Rachel Saperstein of Garrett Park, Md., defender/midfielder Megan Strohm of Madison, midfielder/forward Elise Weber of Elk Grove, Ill., and defender Allison Graham of Westmont, Ill.

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