Jennifer Krueger was 4-for-4 at the plate in the first game of Wisconsin’s doubleheader Thursday.[/media-credit]Wisconsin entered Thursday’s doubleheader against Loyola on a two-game losing streak, having lost four of its last five games. The Badgers got their win in the first game, 9-4, but split the doubleheader after being shutout 4-0 in the second game.For first-year head coach Yvette Healy, it was not just any opponent she was facing on a cold Thursday night. Healy spent 11 years coaching Loyola prior to coming to Madison, but this game was more about the skill of the opponent, not the storyline.“When you’re facing a team at the top of their conference, you know you’re going to get a battle like that,” Healy said. “Of course it was an emotional game, but I think it was more emotional for them [Loyola] than it was for me.”In the first game, it was neck-and-neck for the first four-and-a-half-innings. Heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Badgers trailed 4-2, but the deficit didn’t last long. Infielder Stephanie Peace hit a triple to left-center to bring home the first of five runs in the inning for Wisconsin.Karla Powell hit a solo shot – her seventh – in the third inning and was intentionally walked by Loyola in the fifth inning, which proved to be a vital mistake. The next batter, Shannel Blackshear, connected on a two-run homer to make the score 7-4.The Badgers would go on to shut out Loyola for the remaining three innings and added two more runs in the sixth inning to record their 16th win of the season.In the second game of the doubleheader, Wisconsin was unable to take advantage of early opportunities, leaving runners in scoring position. The Badgers left bases loaded for the first two innings in a row, something that has been a problem for Wisconsin all season long, as it left a total of 18 runners on base in a doubleheader against Penn State.“We’ve been leaving a lot of runners on base lately,” Krueger said. “We just need someone to step up and be big in that situation.”“I think sometimes it’s a mental thing,” Healy said. “They just have to be looser. I can see this team maybe pressing and getting a little tense. We’re all trying to lighten the mood and let them be excited about it but not stressed about it.”Pitcher Cassandra Darrah, who has exceeded expectations with her 10-3 record as a freshman, entered the top of the fifth inning with a no-hitter. However, it was Loyola’s turn to build a late scoring run. In the fifth and sixth innings combined, Darrah gave up two home runs, a solo shot by Lauren Zaworski and a three run homer by Jenna Grimm.Outfielder Jennifer Krueger, however, continued to be a bright spot for this Badger team. She finished the double-header 6-for-6 with three runs and three stolen bases. She extended her stealing streak to a school-record 11 games.“If you’re fast, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense,” Krueger said.Krueger is becoming accustomed to streaks, as she also compiled a 19-game hit streak earlier in the year.“I’m just really confident this year,” Krueger said. “I know if I put the ball in play that I’ll beat it out and get on base.”“It was a phenomenal offensive day for her,” Healy said. “It’s great to see a local Wisconsin talent like her do so well. She is doing her job, and now we just have to find ways to start hitting her in.”The Badgers were unable to put together another run as they were shut out 4-0. While Darrah gave up two home runs in the game, it was the lack of scoring that proved most significant.“We just need work on getting key hits,” Darrah said. “We leave too many people on base, so that’s our main goal going forward.”After getting off to their best start since 2007, the Badgers hope the second game will be a minor speed bump moving forward.“We should have had two wins there,” Krueger said. “We just know that we can play with anyone, any day, so we just have to keep working hard and have fun.”
Syracuse split its doubleheader on Friday against UNLV and Yale in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational in Houston, Texas. For the third time this season, SU lost its first game of the day and won its second.In its first game, the Orange (6-4) fell to UNLV (9-3), 3-0, despite matching the Rebels in hits, 3-3. Starting in the circle for SU was Alexa Romero, who was named ACC co-pitcher of the week three days ago after pitching a perfect game and six scoreless innings against Sacramento State and Cal Poly, respectively.The sophomore held the Rebels hitless for the first three innings before Janine Petmecky, UNLV’s starting pitcher, doubled down the right field line to drive in Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez. After tallying a hit in each of the first two innings, Syracuse managed just one baserunner over the next three innings. In the top of the sixth, two hit by pitches and a walk allowed the Orange to load the bases, but freshman Miranda Hearn flew out to center, ending the inning.In the bottom of the sixth, two walks and a single filled the bases for UNLV with one out. Mia Trejo doubled to center, driving in two runs and extending her team’s lead to three. SU mustered a two-out walk in the seventh, but Petmecky remained steady and forced Toni Martin to pop out to second base, ending the game.In a complete game performance, Petmecky struck out seven and allowed three hits, while Romero struck out five in four and two-thirds innings. In relief, Hearn pitched one and one-third inning, allowing two runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse bounced back in its second game of the day by defeating Yale (0-1), 8-2, behind a two-hit, four-RBI performance from Bryce Holmgren. A dominant performance from SU’s offense saw eight different players register a hit, and five different players drive in at least one run. The Orange took care of business with runners on base, leaving just five on base compared to the Bulldogs’ six.Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Andrea Bombace reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Neli Casares-Maher. The Bulldogs evened the score in the third off an RBI-double by Annie Tarte. In the bottom of the inning, Holmgren recorded her first hit and RBI of the game, driving in Sammy Fernandez.AnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle for SU, lasting five innings, striking out two and allowing one run on two hits. In relief, Baylee Douglass pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a run.The Orange’s bats got busy in the fifth, starting with a leadoff solo home run from Martin. Three batters later, Holmgren belted a double to left-center, driving in two more runs. RBI from Gabby Teran and Hannah Dossett rounded out a five-run inning for Syracuse. Both teams tacked on a run in the sixth inning to make the score 8-2.SU will resume play in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational tomorrow afternoon with games against The University of Texas at San Antonio and Houston at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Comments Published on February 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
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