Badger Sports Roundup, April 30

Women's tennis loses in conference tournament; women's crew third at Big Tens; men's crew places second in Cochrane Cup; softball loses on the road

Men's rowing: Badgers second at Cochrane Cup

The Wisconsin men's rowing team placed second in the race for the Cochrane Cup Saturday in Hanover, N.H. Wisconsin's varsity eight boat, which finished in 5 minutes, 18.4 seconds, lost to Dartmouth, which claimed the cup with a time of 5:13.4.

Wisconsin was more successful in other races, defeating Dartmouth and MIT in the second varsity eight to win in 5:21.2. The novice eight won its race in 5:21.4.

Wisconsin competes at the Jablonic Cup against Boston University Sunday.

Women's rowing: Badgers take third at Big Tens

The No. 14 Wisconsin women's openweight teams placed third at the 2005 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Lake Lemon, Ind., Saturday. Indiana hosted the event, which Michigan State won. Wisconsin finished with 106 points, while the Spartans had 130 points, just edging out second-place Ohio State, which had 129. Wisconsin finished three points ahead of Michigan, the third-ranked team in the nation, which took fourth with 103 points.

Wisconsin's varsity eight boat placed fourth in the grand final, finishing in 6:31.52, while the Spartans won the race in 6:22.20. Wisconsin's second varsity eight boat placed third in its grand final race in 6:34.45. Ohio State finished in 6:28.52 to win that race. Wisconsin got first-place performances from its second varsity four and second novice eight boats, which finished in 7:31.89 and 7:08.10, respectively.

Wisconsin also placed second in the varsity four (7:25.16) and fourth in the novice eight (7:16.04) events.

Wisconsin next competes at the NCAA Central/Southern Regional May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Women's tennis: UW falls to Northwestern to end tourney run

The Wisconsin women's tennis team (15-8 overall) won the doubles point by way of upsetting the top doubles team in the country but fell 4-1 to No. 5 Northwestern (23-2) Saturday at the Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich.

The top Badger duo of senior Katie McGaffigan and sophomore Caitlin Burke upset Northwestern's Audra Cohen and Cristelle Grier — the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country — 8-6. Burke and McGaffigan were the first duo to defeat Cohen and Grier since Feb. 3. Wisconsin's other doubles win came at the second spot, where senior Lindsay Martin and sophomore Kaylan Caiati defeated Alexis Prousis and Kristi Roemer to win 9-7.

However, Northwestern quickly won four singles matches — all it needed to advance in the tournament. McGaffigan, Martin, Caiati and redshirt freshman Nicole Beck all lost their matches; McGaffigan fell to the nationally fifth-ranked Cohen 6-2, 6-0.

Burke faced No. 19 Grier in singles play and won the first set 7-5, but the match was abandoned during the second set because Northwestern had its four wins. At the time, Grier was leading Burke 5-1.

The Badgers will learn their NCAA tournament fate May 4 at 3:30 p.m., an event that will be televised by ESPNews.

Softball: Badgers error at Iowa

Ali Arnold shut down Wisconsin's offense and the Badgers' defense gave No. 19 Iowa plenty of opportunities as UW lost 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Iowa City.

Wisconsin falls to 23-21 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten; Iowa improves to 42-10 overall and 9-5 in the Big Ten.

Arnold (18-3) pitched a complete game two-hitter, allowing one unearned run and walking two while striking out nine.

UW pitcher Katie Layne (7-8) allowed just one earned run, scattering seven hits across a complete game of her own, but four Badger errors resulted in four unearned runs, providing the Hawkeyes with more than enough offense.

Iowa opened the game with a pair of singles in the top of first. A fielder's choice and an error made it second and third with one out, and right fielder Kylie Murray singled to center to bring both runners home, giving the Hawkeyes a 2-0 lead.

Arnold had a no-hitter through 3 2/3 innings, but UW cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first without the use of a hit. With one out, center fielder Sam Polito was hit by a pitch. She advanced to second base on a wild pitch and tagged up for third on first baseman Katie Hnatyk's foul out to right field. A throwing error on that play allowed Polito to score, making it 2-1 Iowa.

Iowa's first two batters in the top of the fourth — Murray and Lisa Birocci — reached on errors, then advanced to second and third via a sacrifice bunt. Layne coerced a line out for out No. 2, but center fielder Mindy Heidgerken followed with a two-RBI single to give the Hawkeyes a 4-1 edge.

Murray's RBI single in the fifth closed out the scoring.

Friday, UW scored six runs in the final two innings to come from behind and beat Iowa 6-3. There would not be a repeat performance Saturday.

Arnold made sure of that. UW third baseman Joey Daniels hit a two-out double in the fourth and Polito tallied a single in the sixth. Otherwise, UW's bats were silent. Catcher Boo Gillette went 0 for 3, snapping her 13-game hitting streak, the second-longest in school history.

UW remains on the road Sunday with a doubleheader at Illinois.

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