Badger Sports Roundup, April 8

Men's tennis earns first Big Ten win; softball loses heartbreaker; Badgers in world hockey championships

Badgers shock No. 57 Minnesota

The unranked Wisconsin men's tennis team shocked No. 57 Minnesota 7-0 Friday, as the Badgers defeated the Gophers at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Wisconsin (7-10, 1-6 Big Ten) defeated Minnesota (4-10, 3-2 Big Ten) for the first time since March of 2001 and earned its first Big Ten win of the season.

At the top doubles spot, senior Alex Kasarov and his brother, sophomore Lachezar Kasarov, defeated D. J. Geatz and Adrian Debreyne 8-2, while juniors Jordan Raemisch and Steve Guntly easily took down Sion Wilkins and Mikey Kantar 8-2. Freshman Jeremy Sonkin and junior Mark Weinig defeated Pierre Dumas and Raoul Schwark 8-5 at the No. 3 spot to take the sweep.

Wisconsin dominated in singles as well; only freshman Felipe Bellido's match with Brian Lipinski went to three sets, which Bellido won 6-3, 4-6, 10-6.

Freshman Brian Ko, Alex Kasarov, Lachezar Kasarov, Weinig and Sonkin all defeated their opponents in two sets.

Wisconsin next faces No. 30 Rice at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Softball loses heartbreaker

Wisconsin took the No. 1 ranked Michigan softball team to the brink Friday but the Wolverines scored an unearned run in the top of the eight inning to win 3-2.

The Badgers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. After shortstop Kris Zacher reached on a two-out error, catcher Boo Gillette hit a two-run home run off Wolverine hurler Jennie Ritter.

Ritter, though, would blank UW from that point on, yielding four hits and zero walks while striking out nine in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Michigan tied the game in the top of third. Left fielder Rebekah Milian scored on a passed ball and shortstop Jessica Merchant plated center fielder Alessandra Giampaolo with an RBI single.

In the top of the eighth, a pair of one-out errors and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners for Michigan freshman first baseman Samantha Findlay. The Big Ten's RBI leader came through in the clutch, with a two-out RBI single to score second baseman Tiffany Haas from third with the eventual winning run.

Wolverine hurler Lorilyn Wilson, who retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth, did not yield a single base runner in 1 2/3 innings, collecting three strikeouts in improving her record to 16-2.

Badger sophomore Eden Brock pitched a complete game, allowing just six hits while striking out four. She took the loss, however, falling to 9-5 this season.

Former Badgers competing in IIHF title game

Molly Engstrom and Carla MacLeod, defenders who recently completed their senior seasons with the Wisconsin women's hockey team, will face off in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Hockey Championship April 9 in Linkoping, Sweden. Engstrom will compete with Team USA while MacLeod will suit up with Team Canada.

Engstrom notched a power-play goal against Sweden and an assist against China, which the United States defeated 8-2. MacLeod also recorded a power-play goal against Sweden and assists against Sweden and Russia. Both teams are undefeated heading into this game; Canada, however, has not given up a goal and has shut out its opponents 38-0.

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