Badger Sports Roundup

Women's, men's tennis split weekend matches; track results; softball loses pair; golf places ninth

Women's tennis splits weekend

The Wisconsin women's tennis team (13-7 overall, 5-4 Big Ten) fell 4-3 to Illinois Saturday in Madison but defeated Purdue 4-3 Sunday in its final home match of the season at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Sunday, Wisconsin sophomore No. 83 Caitlin Burke, playing at No. 2 singles, defeated opponent Stephanie Wooten 6-4, 7-6 (1) to clinch the win over the Boilermakers (7-12, 4-4).

"It feels good to get a 4-3 win," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said after the win. "We had a few 4-3 matches that we lost a couple weeks ago, but it feels good to close out Nielsen in 2005 with a win where everybody contributed."

Against Purdue, Wisconsin claimed the doubles point 2-1 and earned singles wins from senior Lindsay Martin, who played in her last home match, and sophomore Kaylan Caiati, who has won 11 of her last 12 matches.

Senior and No. 91 Katie McGaffigan, freshman Chelsea Nusslock and junior Lexi Goldin all lost their singles matches.

Wisconsin fell to No. 54 Illinois (11-9, 5-3) 4-3 Saturday. Wisconsin's only wins came from Burke, Caiati and Nusslock.

Men's tennis beats Purdue, falls to Illinois

The Wisconsin men's tennis team (8-11, 2-6) earned its second conference win with a 4-3 defeat of Purdue (3-14, 0-8) Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue swept the doubles point but Wisconsin picked up key wins from freshman Jeremy Sonkin, freshman Brian Ko, freshman Felipe Bellido and junior Mark Weinig.

At the top singles spot, No. 77 Paul Rose defeated Wisconsin senior Alex Kasarov 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Sunday, No. 4 Illinois was too much for the Badgers, who fell 6-1 to the Illini (17-3, 7-0) in Champaign. In singles play, Kasarov faced one of the best in the country in No. 5 Ryler DeHeart and took him to three sets but DeHeart prevailed, 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-7. Wisconsin's lone singles point came from Bellido, who defeated Monte Tucker 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 10-8.

The Badgers return to Madison for an April 22 match against No. 30 Ohio State.

Men's golf ninth at Boilermaker Invite

The Wisconsin men's golf team placed ninth at the Boilermaker Invite Saturday and Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., shooting a 895 total (301-295-299). There were 12 teams at the Invitational, including Missouri, which won the team competition with an 861 (289-287-285).

Senior Kevin Tassistro led the Badgers with a 221 (77-69-75), finishing in a 16th place tie. Freshman Jeff Kaiser finished with a 224 (78-71-75), good for a tie for 29th. Sophomore Garrett Jones shot a 228 (79-75-74) for 43rd place, senior Ryan Conn took 54th with a 230 (73-80-77) and senior Brian Brodell tied for 56th place with a 234 (73-86-75).

Men's track competes at Mt. SAC

The Wisconsin men's track team competed at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., Saturday, earning five NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying marks.

Sophomore Chris Solinsky finished third in the 1,500 meters in 3:43.78, while senior Josh Spiker took 25th in 3:47.20 and junior Ben Gregory took 28th in 3:48.08.

Junior Simon Bairu earned an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 13:43.72 in the invitational 5,000 meters while placing 12th. Sophomore Codie See finished seventh in the open 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:07.17 to qualify for the NCAA regionals. Junior Bobby Lockhart placed 18th in the invitational steeplechase in 9:16.43.

Women's track competes at three meets

The Wisconsin women's track team competed at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the Long Beach State Invitational, over the weekend and posted one NCAA regional qualifying mark

Distance runners headed to Tennessee, where the 6,000-meter relay team of Amanda Ganser, Katrina Rundhaug, Linsey Blaisdell and ‘A Havahla Haynes won the event in 18:28.05 on Friday. On Saturday, the Wisconsin distance medley relay placed sixth in 11:46.87. Blaisdell also placed eighth in the invitational 5,000 meters in 17:14.54, while senior Michelle Lilienthal took 12th in 17:37.47.

At the Mt. SAC Relays Friday, the Badgers placed well in the jumps, with junior Melissa Talbot placing third in the long jump at 19 feet, 3 ¼ inches. In the pole vault, senior Andrea Lopez and sophomore Julia Heinrich tied for fifth at 11-11 ¾.

Freshman Kayla Schultz took 10th in the discus at a best throw of 140 feet even. On Sunday, Shuntia Lucas earned an NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying mark in the 200 meters, finishing eighth in 23.83 seconds, a season-best time for her. Lucas also took 13th in the 100 meters in 12.07 seconds. Also on Sunday, Bellford placed third in the triple jump at 40-7 ¾.

Finally, Wisconsin competed at the Long Beach State Invitational Saturday, where Lucas took third in the 200 in 24.02. Lopez and Heinrich tied for third in the pole vault at 11-5 ¾ and junior Lindsey Heinzmann tied for eighth at 10-11 ¾. Schultz took sixth in the shot put at 42-4 ¾ and ninth in the discus at 137-4.

Softball loses weekend pair

The UW softball team ran its Big Ten losing streak to seven consecutive games with a pair of defeats at the hands of Michigan State over the weekend. All seven losses in the span have taken place at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

The Badgers lost to the Spartans 4-2 Friday night and 6-0 Saturday to fall to 13-19 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Sophomore pitcher Eden Brock started each game and took a pair of losses, dropping her record to 10-8 overall.

Brock was touched up for four runs (three earned) and six hits in just 2 1/3 innings Friday. She yielded three runs (all earned) and five hits in three innings Saturday.

Friday, MSU's Lesley Noel allowed only two Badger baserunners in the first four innings, before Anastasia Miller followed Joey Daniels fifth-inning single with her sixth home run of the season. UW loaded the bases in the sixth but Noel settled down to improve to 4-3.

Saturday, Rachel Turney (9-12) was too much for the stymied Badgers. Turney pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and no walks, while striking out four.

UW returns to Goodman Diamond Monday for a doubleheader with North Dakota State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Richter named Crazylegs Classic Grand Marshal

Pat Richter, former University of Wisconsin Athletics Director, has been named the grand marshal of the Crazylegs Classic, which will be held in downtown Madison April 30.

"It is a pleasure for the Crazylegs Classic to honor Pat Richter as this year's grand marshal," said Tom Grantham, the chair of the event, in a press release. "As a hometown hero, Pat has excelled at every level in his storied career. Most recently under Pat's leadership, UW athletic programs have emerged to levels of national recognition and unprecedented success. This is our way of paying tribute to Pat and his outstanding accomplishments."

The Crazylegs Classic includes an eight-kilometer run and a two-mile walk and is a nationally-known race. It was named the top short-distance race in the United States by USA Track & Field and was one of the country's "Top 100 Events" by Runners World magazine. The event has raised more than $2.5 million for Wisconsin athletics.

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