Badger Sports Roundup

News from rowing, softball, golf, tennis, volleyball and women's basketball

Rowing: Badgers dominate at Midwest Rowing Championships

The Wisconsin men's, openweight women's and lightweight women's rowing teams combined to win all 13 events they entered at the 34th annual Midwest Rowing Championships on Madison's Lake Wingra Saturday.

The Badgers raced against teams from Northern Michigan, Winona State, Lawrence University and Iowa State, as well as several club teams.

Racing with little wind and some sunshine, the Badger women's lightweight rowing team defeated the UW openweight third varsity eight boat to win the openweight varsity eight event. The lightweights won in 6 minutes, 17.3 seconds, ahead of the UW openweights' 6:24.8. The Badgers' top two varsity boats did not enter in that competition.

The Badger men placed six boats in the open eight finals, and swept the top six spots. Northern Michigan placed seventh, the only other boat to compete. Wisconsin's top varsity eight boat won the race in 5:28.7, the fastest time of the day.

Softball: Badgers face Indiana, Purdue

The Wisconsin softball team finished with a 1-3 record over the weekend, getting swept by Indiana and splitting a Sunday doubleheader against Purdue.

The Badgers' lone win over the weekend came in the opener against Purdue, as redshirt freshman infielder Alexis Garcia had two big hits that brought in a combined three runs. The Badgers won that game 6-2 but lost the nightcap 4-3, in West Lafayette, Ind.

In the first game of the Purdue doubleheader, UW freshman left fielder Valyncia Raphael was a perfect 3-for-3, the first time she has had three hits in a game in her career. Nine Badgers combined for 12 hits in their win.

In game two against the Boilermakers, the Badgers put up a seventh-inning rally, as freshman second baseman Theresa Boruta hit a two-run homer, but fell to Purdue 4-3.

On Friday, the Badgers (19-19 overall, 4-8 Big Ten) got behind early, falling to the Hoosiers 3-1 in Bloomington, Ind. In the second game, Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Indiana had a six-run fifth inning and went on to defeat Wisconsin 9-1.

Badger junior pitcher Eden Brock finished the weekend 1-3. In the 9-1 loss to Indiana she gave up six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

Women's golf: McMillan hits hole-in-one, Badgers finish 12th

Senior Lindsay McMillan carded a hole-in-one Saturday and the Badger women's golf team finished 12th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational at the Golf Club of Dublin in Dublin, Ohio, Saturday and Sunday.

McMillan hit a hole-in-one on the par 3 168-yard eighth hole with a 5-iron, helping the Badgers to its lowest 18-hole score (299) of the season. The Badgers finished 12th in the 15-team tournament with a score of 918 (306-299-313), while Auburn won the tournament with a 15-under 849. Auburn's Maria Martinez claimed individual medalist honors with a 9-under 207.

Sophomore Katie Elliott carded the lowest score for Wisconsin, tying for 29th with a 225 (77-72-76). Senior Jackie Obermueller tied for 53rd with a 231, while McMillan and freshman Jeana Dahl tied for 58th at 232. Junior Melissa Martin tied for 66th with a 238 to round out UW's scoring.

Men's golf: Jones finishes fourth at Fossum Invite

Junior men's golfer Garrett Jones shot a 1-under 215 (73-74-68) to finish fourth overall, the best finish for a Badger this spring, at the Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.

The Badgers finished ninth overall with an 897 (308-294-295); Indiana won the 12-team tournament with a 6-over 870. Denver's Charlie Soule won the individual title with a 9-under 207.

Other UW scores included: freshman Pat Duffy (36th with a 227), sophomore Jeff Kaiser (tied for 46th with a 229), junior Adam Steinhofer (tied for 55th at 231), and freshman Tyler Obermueller (62nd with a 236).

Women's tennis: Badgers win on wings of Burke

The Wisconsin women's tennis team got its first win in three weeks with help from junior Caitlin Burke, who returned after being out with an injury for eight weeks. The Badgers (5-17 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) defeated Ohio State (13-11, 3-6) 5-2 Saturday in Madison, concluding their regular season on a high note.

The Badgers swept the doubles matches to claim the doubles point, and proceeded to win four of six singles matches. No. 32 Burke defeated Caitlin O'Keefe 7-5, 6-0. Freshman Elizabeth Carpenter, sophomore Chelsea Nusslock and sophomore Morgan Tuttle also recorded wins.

Men's tennis: Badgers fall to No. 7 OSU

Sophomore Nolan Polley upset Ohio State's No. 38 Bryan Koniecko but the unranked Badgers (10-11 overall, 3-7 Big Ten) fell 6-1 to OSU Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, to conclude the regular season.

Ohio State (22-1, 10-0), the Big Ten champion, swept the Badgers in doubles and won five of six singles matches. Only Polley defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-3.

Women's basketball: Badgers hand out team awards

Sophomore guard Jolene Anderson was named the Wisconsin women's basketball team's most valuable player Sunday at a banquet at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison. Anderson averaged team-bests in scoring (17.3 points per game), rebounds (7.0 per game) and steals (2.1 per game), finishing the season with exactly 1,000 career points. She became the fastest UW player, male or female, to reach that mark.

Sophomore center Danielle Ward was named the most improved player, finishing as the team's third-leading scorer with 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She hit 48.4 percent of her shots and started 10 games.

Other award recipients included: freshman guard Christine Spencer (Team Unity), senior forward Annie Nelson (T.J. Flarup media award and Captains' Award); senior forward Kjersten Bakke (Captains' Award and community service award); senior guard Ashley Josephson (Captains' Award); and senior forward Jordan Wilson (Captains' Award).

Five Badgers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, giving UW 80 such honorees in the 20 years of the award — the most of any conference school. Nelson, Wilson, Bakke and sophomore guard Janese Banks all earned academic honors, as did former Badger guard Shari' Welton, who left the team after the season ended.

Volleyball: Badgers compete at Great Lakes Invite

The Wisconsin volleyball team concluded its spring season, finishing 2-2 at the Great Lakes Center NCAA Invitational on Saturday. The Badgers won matches against Bowling Green and Arizona but lost to South Carolina and Purdue in the playoffs.

The Badgers were missing three players: outside hitter Audra Jeffers (sore back), setter Jackie Simpson (broken hand) and middle blocker Maria Carlini (illness).

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