The Wisconsin softball team opened Big Ten play at No. 15/16 Northwestern by getting outscored 26-3 Friday and Saturday in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats, working off the hot bat of right fielder Erin Dyer, who had a team-leading three hits and eight runs batted in, shut out the Badgers 16-0 Friday. The Badgers did not fare much better Saturday, falling to the Wildcats (22-8, 4-0) 10-3. Junior pitcher Eden Brock took both of the losses, despite playing less than one inning Friday. The Badgers gave up 20 hits over two days against Northwestern.
Wisconsin (12-13 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) won its first Big Ten game Sunday at Illinois, defeating the Illini 12-7 in the first game of a doubleheader, but lost the second contest 11-5. In the first game, UW redshirt freshman Alexis Garcia led the team with three hits, one of which was a home run, and added two runs batted in. Brock (9-7) got her first win in conference play, allowing 13 hits and six earned runs and striking out seven.
In the second game against the Illini (14-18,1-3), Wisconsin held a 5-4 lead heading into the fifth but the Illini scored five unanswered runs and added two in the seventh to put the game away. UW freshman pitcher Theresa Boruta pitched an inning of relief and gave up six runs (only one of which was earned) to take the loss. Garcia hit a three-run home run to left-centerfield as part of a four-run second inning.
Wisconsin faces Loyola in a doubleheader Wednesday in Chicago.
Women's track: Rundhaug qualifies for NCAAs
Badger junior Katrina Rundhaug earned an NCAA automatic qualifying mark as the Wisconsin women's track and field team competed at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend. Rundhaug placed sixth in the 10,000 meters in 33:19.45, the fourth-fastest run by a UW athlete. Senior Maggie Grabow finished 21st in the 10,000 in an NCAA provisional mark of 34:08.65. Junior Erica Schoeller finished ninth in the 800 meters in 2:09.33, an NCAA regional qualifying mark, while senior Brionne Yosten placed 22nd in the 5,000 meters in 16:29.45, also an NCAA regional qualifying time.
Men's track: Detmer qualifies in decathlon
Wisconsin junior Joe Detmer finished second in the decathlon with 7,319 points at the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Va., over the weekend, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Freshman Brennan Boettcher placed third with 6,620 points, sophomore Peter Dykstra took fourth with 6,359 points and senior Nathan Brown took fifth with 6,341 points.
Other top Badger finishers include: senior Zach McCollum (first in the high jump at 6 feet, 8 inches); senior Brent Boettcher (second in the high jump at 6-5 ¼ and sixth in the javelin at 168-7); junior Nathan Probst (second the 400-meter hurdles in 55.18 seconds); sophomore Luke Hoenecke (sixth in the 400 in 49.35 seconds and seventh in the 200 meters in 22.33); junior Mike Sracic (sixth in the discus at 134-6 and sixth in the hammer at 150-3); and senior Paul Check (fourth in the javelin at 169-5).
Women's tennis: Badgers split home contests
The Wisconsin women's tennis team broke its eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Penn State Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. But the Badgers (4-13 overall, 1-4 Big Ten) then fell to No. 26 Indiana 5-2 on Sunday at home.
With the match tied at 3-3 against Penn State (7-8, 2-4), sophomore Chelsea Nusslock defeated PSU's Andreea Niculescu 6-7 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5 at No. 2 singles to give the Badgers their first win in more than a month. Wisconsin won the doubles point and got wins from junior Kaylan Caiati and sophomore Nicole Beck but dropped matches at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots.
Against the Hoosiers (14-5, 4-1), the Badgers lost the doubles point; their sole wins came from sophomore Morgan Tuttle at No. 5 singles and Beck at the No. 3 spot. The latter defeated her opponent 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (8). The Indiana win gave Hoosier head coach Lin Loring, the winningest coach in the conference and the NCAA, his 300th conference win.
Men's tennis: Badgers fall to Indiana, Penn State
The Wisconsin men's tennis team lost a pair of Big Ten road contests, dropping a 4-3 decision at Indiana Friday afternoon and a 5-2 contest at Penn State Sunday afternoon. Against Indiana, the Badgers (8-8 overall, 1-4 Big Ten) claimed the doubles point and their top singles player, No. 113 Jeremy Sonkin, won his third straight conference match, defeating Indiana's Dmytro Istuganov 7-6 (3), 6-3. Sophomore Felipe Bellido defeated Michael McCarthy 6-2, 7-6 (6) of Indiana (13-7, 2-3) at the No. 5 singles spot for the Badgers' final point.
The Badgers won the doubles point against the No. 46 Nittany Lions (13-2, 3-2) with wins at the second and third doubles spots, but lost five of six singles points. Freshman Gian Hodgson defeated Brenden Lynch 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles for the Badgers' lone win.
Men's swimming: Two former Badgers win titles at spring championships
Former Badger swimmers Dale Rogers and Adam Mania won their respective events at the 2006 USA Swimming Spring Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
On Wednesday, Rogers won the 100-meter freestyle in 50.38 seconds, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Mania won the 100-meter backstroke Friday in 55.24, which qualified him for the Olympic trials as well. On Saturday, he earned another Olympic trials qualifying time, winning the 200-meter individual medley in 2:04.02.
Women's rowing: Boats race at Crew Classic, Iowa
The Wisconsin women's rowing team's top boats competed at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay over the weekend.
The women's openweight varsity eight boat, ranked No. 9 in the nation, placed sixth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup grand final in 7:05.81, a race won by No. 2 California (6:52.10). The Badgers' best finish came in the second varsity eight grand final, where Wisconsin finished fifth in 7:01.23. The lightweight varsity eight team placed eighth overall in the Women's Cal Cup final but second in the petite final in 6:52.91.
Four Badger boats raced on the Iowa River Saturday, competing against boats from Minnesota, Iowa and Creighton in Iowa City, Iowa. The Badgers won the second varsity four and novice eight events but fell in the varsity four and second novice eights. The Badgers' top boats are racing in the San Diego Crew Classic.
Former Badger rower helps Oxford win Boat Race
Former Wisconsin men's rower Paul Daniels rowed with Oxford's boat, which defeated Cambridge in the 152nd Boat Race Sunday on the Thames River in London.
Oxford beat out Cambridge for the fourth time in five years, finishing in 18 minutes, 26 seconds in the 4.25-mile race.
The race, one of the most popular televised sporting events in Great Britain, is the biggest boat race of the year and an estimated 500,000 spectators watch the race from the river bank annually.