Badger Sports Roundup, May 7

Men's golf falls to eighth; softball wins in dramatic fashion

Men's golf: Badgers fall to eighth

Indiana's Jeff Overton shot a collegiate course record 65 for the second consecutive day Saturday at the men's golf Big Ten Championships at Wisconsin's University Ridge Golf Course, setting a University Ridge record of 130 over 36 holes.

With one round remaining, Indiana and Michigan State are currently tied atop the team standings at 558 after 36 holes, which is also a course record.

Wisconsin, though, sank from fifth to eighth after shooting a 293 Saturday. With a 585 (292-293), the Badgers are tied with Iowa (296-289).

Sophomore Garrett Jones and senior Kevin Tassistro are currently in a seven-way tie for 15th, each shooting a 145 over 36 holes. Sophomore Adam DeLawyer is in a 10-way tie for 22nd with a 146 (75-71). He shot one-under par Saturday, the only Badger to finish under par.

Senior Brian Brodell is in a tie for 41st with a 149 (73-76), while freshman Jeff Kaiser is in 55th with a 160 (80-80).

Softball: Hnatyk's slam leads UW victory

Freshman first baseman Katie Hnatyk's two-out grand slam capped a five-run seventh inning, as the UW softball team rallied for a 7-4 win over Minnesota Saturday.

The Badgers improved to 29-21 with the win and 10-9 in the Big Ten. The Gophers are now 25-26, 6-13.

With UW trailing 4-2 through six innings, senior left fielder Anastasia Miller and freshman designated player Ricci Robben got things started in the top of the seventh with a pair of singles. Senior right fielder Natalie Phillips then moved Miller and Robben into scoring position with a groundout.

Pinch hitter senior Meghann Reiss then reached on an error, scoring Miller while Robben advanced to third.

Minnesota chose to intentionally walk shortstop senior Kris Zacher, loading the bases for sophomore centerfielder Sam Polito, who grounded into a force out at the plate.

That brought up Hnatyk with the bases loaded and the Badgers down to their last out. The freshman, however, delivered, depositing a 2-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for her eighth home run of the season.

Sophomore pitcher Eden Brock (19-8) pitched a complete game for the Badgers, scattering nine hits and one walk while allowing just two earned runs.

Lyn Peyer (16-17) took the loss for Minnesota, pitching a complete game that included just three earned runs.

Hnatyk's blast guaranteed that UW would finish Big Ten play with at least a .500 record. It also gave the Badgers 20 points in the first annual Border Battle competition with Minnesota. UW leads that competition 215-205 within one game left to play: Sunday's softball clash between the Gophers and Badgers.

Saturday, Zacher opened the game's scoring with a home run in the top of the first, her eighth of the season. After Minnesota struck back with two runs in the bottom of the first, Robben tied the game at 2-2 with her seventh home run of the season, a fifth-inning solo round tripper.

The Gophers, though, answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and were in control before the Badgers' last-inning rally.

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