Badger Sports Roundup, May 3

Softball sweeps Valparaiso; football Oct. 22 game time set; NSCA honors Meuer, Hanson

Softball: Badgers repel Crusaders

Senior right fielder Natalie Phillips hit her first two home runs of the season and senior left fielder Anastasia Miller broke Wisconsin's single-season RBI record as the Badgers trounced visiting Valparaiso 11-1 in five innings and 10-2 in six innings for a doubleheader sweep.

Miller had three RBI in each game, giving her 35 for the year, besting the 34 that senior catcher Boo Gillette notched last season.

The Badgers, who have now won 14 of their last 16 games, improved to 27-21 overall. The Crusaders fell to 11-40-1.

Phillips' two homer power surge was part of a five home run outburst for UW in game two of the doubleheader. Also going deep were Miller, sophomore third baseman Athena Vasquez and senior shortstop Kris Zacher, who had three RBI in that game.

Senior Katie Layne (9-8) pitched five strong innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs.

In game one, the Badgers needed just three innings to score 11 runs. Freshman infielder Joey Daniels went 1 for 2 with four RBI and a run scored, Zacher went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and sophomore center fielder Sam Polito was 3 for 4 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Eden Brock pitched a five-inning complete game to improve to 17-8 this season. She allowed four hits and one earned run with six strikeouts and no walks.

Football: UW/Purdue set for ABC

ABC will televise the Wisconsin football team's homecoming game with Purdue Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Last season, the Badgers beat the Boilermakers 20-17 after Scott Starks returned a fumble for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

NSCA honors Meuer, Hanson

Former Wisconsin soccer players Molly Meuer and Eric Hanson have been named National Strength and Conditioning Association All-Americans for their accomplishments in and dedication to strength training and conditioning.

Both Meuer and Hanson, who completed their Badger careers last fall, were nominated by UW assistant strength and conditioning coach Jim Snider in December.

Meuer, a co-captain, helped the Badgers reach the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. The midfielder/defender started all 23 matches and totaled 10 points off four goals and two assists.

"Molly is one of the most determined and hard-nosed athletes I have ever worked with in all realms of sport," said Snider, who is an NSCA member. "She has a contagious attitude and a dedication to strength and conditioning that brings the people around her to a higher level of training."

Hanson started all 19 contests in goal and posted a 1.57 goals-against average. He also had 81 saves and one shutout.

"Eric is an extremely driven and hard-working individual and a proven leader by example," Snider said.

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