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Trio of Badger softball players honored by Big Ten

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MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Mary Massei was named as a first-team All-Big Ten selection, while fellow senior Michelle Mueller and sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart were named to the conference’s second team, the Big Ten announced Wednesday.

For Massei, it marks the second straight year that she has been a first-team All-Big Ten selection and the third time she’s been honored by the conference, as she was a second-team All-Big Ten player in 2011 as a freshman.

A native of Chino Hills, California, Massei led the Badgers with a .387 batting average and 63 hits. In Big Ten action, Massei also hit .387 with 29 hits and collected a team-best 15 RBI. Massei has rewrote the Wisconsin record books during her four years, as the outfielder has the highest career batting average (.373), the best on-base percentage (.432), the most hits (243), the most runs (139), the most doubles (52) and the most triples (14). Massei’s 124 RBI ranks second in program history, while her 22 home runs are tied for third.

Mueller, a native of La Crosse, has enjoyed a career year for the Cardinal and White, tying school records in home runs with 11 and RBI with 49. Earlier this year, the Badgers’ third baseman became the first player in program history to be named the NFCA Player of the Week and the USA Softball Player of the Week after the slugger hit four home runs and collected 18 RBI during a five-game stretch. Mueller also became only the fourth player in NCAA history to hit three consecutive home runs, while setting a school record with eight RBI in a single game in UW’s 10-3 win over Illinois on April 11.

In her second year in the circle for Wisconsin, Stewart has been spectacular for Wisconsin, sporting a 14-5 regular season record and a 7-1 conference ledger. The Calabasas, California, native has 118 strikeouts while giving up 121 hits in 138 innings of work while opponents held a .231 batting average against her.

In addition, Ashley Van Zeeland was selected as the Badgers’ Sportsmanship Award honoree. The junior started 47 games for Wisconsin this season and had a .252 batting average while making starts at first, second, third and shortstop.

The Badgers enter the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Illinois, as the No. 4 seed and will face the winner of Northwestern and Michigan State on Friday in a 7 p.m. contest on BTN

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