Badger Sports Roundup

Johnson coach of the year; Piper 12th at Worlds; softball earns sweep

Johnson named AHCA Coach of the Year

Wisconsin women's hockey coach Mark Johnson has been named the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year after leading the Badgers to their first-ever national championship last month.

Johnson, who has a career record of 111-27-10 in four seasons, including a 2005-06 record of 36-4-1, a school record. He led the Badgers to their first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and tournament championships.

Junior defenseman Bobbi Jo Slusar and junior forward Sara Bauer were named to the ACHA first-team.

The coach of the year is selected by AHCA members. Johnson will receive his award at the annual coach of the year banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, Fla., April 29.

Women's swimming: Piper 12th at Worlds

Former Badger swimmer Carly Piper placed 12th in the 800-meter freestyle at the World Swimming Championships Thursday at Qi Zhong Stadium. Piper finished in 8 minutes, 35.91 seconds, good for third place in the second heat. Russia's Anastasia Ivanenko won in 8:11.99, setting a championships record.

Softball: Badgers sweep Ramblers

The Wisconsin softball team swept Loyola 6-5 and 12-0 Wednesday in a doubleheader at Loyola Softball Park in Chicago.

In the first game, Loyola (8-25 overall) made three errors in the seventh inning, allowing the Badgers to score two runs. A line drive by junior left fielder Stephanie Chinn that was misplayed by Loyola allowed juniors centerfielder Sam Polito and third baseman Athena Vasquez to score the game-winning runs.

Junior pitcher Eden Brock (10-7) was credited with the win and finished with seven strikeouts, seven hits and three walks.

Sophomore right fielder Katie Hnatyk led the Badgers with three runs batted in and added two hits, one of which was a home run.

Wisconsin (14-13) dominated in the second game, capping the night off with a 12-0 win in five innings. Nine different Badgers got at least one hit.

Freshman pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven (2-4) struck out eight and gave up only one hit while Loyola's Katie Schupbach (0-3) gave up 12 hits, 12 earned runs and three walks while striking out no one in 3 1/3 innings.

Wisconsin scored five runs in the first inning and added two each in the second and third innings before scoring three in the fourth. Vasquez, sophomore shortstop Lynn Anderson and freshman pinch hitter Valyncia Raphael each hit home runs; Raphael's blast to left field hit an apartment building.

The Badgers host the Gophers Sunday in a doubleheader.

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