Freshman Karla Powell hit a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Jen Krueger from third as the Badgers beat Minnesota, 2-1, in game two of Wednesday's double-header. The Badgers dropped game one, 4-0, but with the win in game two ended their 11-game losing streak.
Pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven threw two gems striking out a career-high 12 in game one, then had another complete game, striking out eight Gophers in the night cap. Powell's game-winning RBI was one of six hits for the Badgers in the game two win.
Minnesota (23-26, 6-8 Big Ten) won the first game of the night, 4-0, after scoring two runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth inning when center fielder, Dannie Skrove, drove in two runs on a single. Minnesota's Briana Hassett earned the shutout win and brought her record to 22-18.
In the second game of the night, Minnesota got on the board early when Sammie Howard homered in the first inning of Vanevenhoven. Wisconsin (13-33, 2-10 Big Ten) answered back in the second inning when Valyncia Raphael, who reached on a triple to center field, later scored on an error.
The score remained tied, 1-1, until the bottom of the seventh inning when Powell hit a ball towards first base. Minnesota's first baseman, Malisa Barnes couldn't get a glove on it, but Howard, at second base, grabbed the roller and then it was a race to first base between her and Powell. Powell slid into first just ahead of Howard and was called safe as Krueger passed home plate.
Vanevenhoven brought her record to 5-11 with the win, giving up only one run on three hits. Krueger recorded her 17th stolen base on the season in game two, putting her only two away from Wisconsin's single-season record of 19.
UW is back in action Sat.-Sun., April 25-26 as its host Michigan at Goodman Diamond. Game time is set for 2 p.m. CT both days.