Badger Sports Roundup

Softball splits with Bison; hockey No. 1 in final poll; lightweight rowing and golf results

Softball: Badgers split with Bison

The Wisconsin women's softball team took advantage of an error by North Dakota State to win the first game in a doubleheader 3-2 Monday at the Goodman Softball Complex in Madison. But the Badgers dropped the second game 5-1.

In game one, with the teams tied at 2-2 entering the seventh inning, sophomore Katie Hnatyk hit a pop ball that was mishandled by NDSU pitcher Amber Garrett, scoring teammate junior Samantha Polito to give the Badgers (16-15 overall) the winning run. Badger junior pitcher Eden Brock (12-7) allowed four hits and one earned run, while striking out five. The Badgers and Bison (14-25) combined for five errors in the first game.

In the second game, though, Brock allowed three Bison runs on four singles and a double as NDSU ran away with a 5-1 win. Hnatyk hit a solo home run in the fourth for the team's lone score of the game.

Badger freshman Lean Vanevenhoven (2-6) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk and struck out two in five innings to take the loss in the second game.

In other softball news, Hnatyk was named to the Canadian Senior Women's National Team, Softball Canada announced Monday. Hnatyk, who leads the Badgers with six home runs and 25 runs batted in this season, is the first UW softball player to ever be named to a national team.

Men's hockey: Badgers No.1 in final poll

The 2006 national champion Wisconsin men's hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the final USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The Badgers (30-10-3) spent the most time of any team at the top spot, holding the No. 1 ranking for nine weeks, including a stretch of seven straight weeks between Nov. 28 and Jan. 16.

Lightweight rowing finishes third at Knecht Cup

The No. 1 Wisconsin women's lightweight eight finished third at the Knecht Cup Sunday on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

Radcliffe won the race in an unofficial time of 7:08 and Princeton finished second in 7:12. The Badgers took third in 7:17. UW entered two lightweight four boats, with the A boat taking fourth and the B boat finishing 10th. UW's novice eight boat finished second behind Princeton.

Men's golf: Badgers take seventh at Boilermaker Invite

The Wisconsin men's golf team placed seventh at the Boilermaker Invite Saturday and Sunday, led by sophomore Jeff Kaiser, who posted a 223 (72-76-75) to tie for 11th. The Badgers, playing on Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind., finished with a team score of 911 (300-312-299). Junior Garrett Jones and freshman Pat Duffy tied with 229s to finish 22nd, and freshman Tyler Obermueller tied for 25th with a 230.

Indiana won the team title with an 882, and Hoosier Jorge Campillo claimed medalist honors with a 4-under 212.

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