Badger Sports Roundup, April 13

Gorowsky joins men's hockey recruiting class; Reinke receives sportsmanship award; UW fourth in Director's Cup standings; softball snaps skid, adds two recruits; women's soccer names captains

Men's hockey adds to 2005 recruiting class

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will welcome forward Tom Gorowsky to the program for the 2005-06 school year. In a press release Wednesday, head coach Mike Eaves announced that the 6-foot-1, 192-pound forward has been accepted into school. Gorowsky joins forward Jack Skille, defenseman Garrett Suter and goaltender Shane Connelly, who have already signed letters of intent for Wisconsin, in the '05-06 class.

Gorowsky, of Lino Lakes, Minn., comes to the Badgers from the United States Hockey League's Sioux Falls Stampede, where he had a team-high 35 assists and seven power-play goals and finished with 18 goals and 53 points in 54 games. The 2004 Minnesota Mr. Hockey was named to the All-USHL Rookie team and the USHL All-Star team. Gorowsky's uncle, Dan Gorowsky, played at Wisconsin from 1977-1981 and was on the 1981 national championship team.

"Tom knows the game very well, he's a terrific competitor and he has good skills," Eaves said. "He'll bring those things to the table for the Badgers and he should be a great addition for us."

Reinke earns Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honors

Wisconsin senior wrestler Brady Reinke was named the Badgers' Big Ten Sportsmanship candidate for the sport. One wrestler from each conference school was nominated for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, which goes to one male and one female student-athlete from each school.

Student-athletes nominated for the award displayed good sportsmanship and ethical behavior but also had good academic standing and good citizenship outside of their sport.

Reinke placed third in the 184-pound weight class at the Big Ten Championships and competed at the NCAA Championships. He finished his senior year with an 18-3 overall record. He is also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Wisconsin fourth in latest Director's Cup Race standings

The Wisconsin athletics department is currently fourth in the recent National Athletic Director's Association Director's Cup standings, which were released April 7. Wisconsin has 528.75 points, behind Stanford (699.75), Michigan (689.25) and Texas (543.25). The point totals, though, do not include men's hockey and men's and women's basketball; standings that reflect those sports are due for release April 28.

Wisconsin's highest finish was 12th place in 1993-94.

Softball snaps skid

The Badger softball team ended a six-game losing streak in emphatic fashion Wednesday, mopping up host Valparaiso 9-0.

Eden Brock and Katie Layne combined to pitch a one-hit shutout, while the Badgers pounded out nine hits, though seven of their runs were the result of five Crusader errors.

Shortstop Kris Zacher led UW's offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and three runs batted in. She had an RBI single in the first and the third and an RBI double in the fourth.

Centerfielder Samantha Polito went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and right fielder Natalie Phillips was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Badgers busted the game open with a five-run third inning, though all five runs were unearned. UW added three runs in the fourth.

Brock (10-6) earned the win, allowing just one hit and no walks in three innings. Layne pitched the last two innings in relief and allowed one walk and no hits.

Andrea Zappia (0-7) took the loss for Valparaiso, giving up seven hits and seven runs in three-plus innings, though only two were earned.

Wisconsin improves to 13-17 overall with the win, while the Crusaders fall to 3-28.

Softball inks two more for next season

The Wisconsin softball team will add Randi Kreiter (Deerfield, Ill.) and Heather Ruchim (Buffalo Grove, Ill.,) to its incoming freshman class, head coach Karen Gallagher announced in statement Wednesday. Kreiter and Ruchim join signees Theresa Boruta (Chicago), Stephanie Doyle (Hinsdale, Ill.), Valyncia Raphael (La Habra, Calif.) and Leah Vanevenhoven (Kaukauna, Wis.).

Kreiter, a catcher who bats and throws left-handed, was named Deerfield High School's most valuable player her junior year, during which she had a .400 batting average with 23 runs batted in. She was an all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior.

"Randi is a great find," Gallagher said. "She was recruited and looked at by other Big Ten schools, but I think she felt a certain passion toward the University of Wisconsin. She's got power and has really sound fundamentals. She's a good catcher and could also play a corner position for us. We're really looking forward to having her."

Ruchim is an infielder that bats left and throws right who was an all-area and all-conference pick as a sophomore and junior. She also earned honorable mention all-state as a junior at Stevenson High School. Ruchim also plays hockey and attended a USA Hockey developmental camp in 2003.

"Heather is a hard worker with a great work ethic," said Gallagher. "I really love what she is going to bring to our program. She is a very versatile athlete who can play a number of infield positions. She was very passionate about becoming a Badger."

Soccer names team captains

The Wisconsin women's soccer team has named its captains for the 2005 campaign. Seniors midfielder Marisa Brown, midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth, defender Jessica Ring and midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen will head the 2005 Badgers, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last fall.

"They are four dominant and consistent players who have a lot of game experience," head coach Dean Duerst said in a statement released Wednesday. "They are great role models, they're very approachable and they have demonstrated success both on and off the field."

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