Varsity - The Official Digital Magazine of Wisconsin Athletics

Varsity - April 18, 2013

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INSIDE SOFTBALL BY ANNA POULTER-HENDRICKSON @BadgerSoftball SCHEDULE (30-9, 7-5) This Week Friday Saturday Sunday Wednesday Next Week April 26 April 27 April 28 Badgers putting pieces in place for postseason UW looking to take program to next level W ith the team off to a program-best 30-9 start, everyone is looking for instant gratification. But as head coach Yvette Healy put it, "you've got to be able to crawl before you can walk." Wisconsin has earned wins over ranked opponents, now the next step is putting all of the pieces in place and 60 » VARSITY APR I L 18, 2013 taking back-to-back games against a ranked team. UW went on the road last week and posted a win over then-No. 22-ranked Nebraska, but was unable to claim the series. It is a learning process that Healy is focused on improving. "You've got to learn how to win one before you Ohio State 6 p.m. Ohio State 1 p.m. Ohio State 1 p.m. Northwestern 3/5 p.m. at Indiana at Indiana at Indiana 5 p.m. Noon Noon learn how to win the series," she said. "That's what we're doing." For UW, the ability to put together back-to-back wins against ranked opponents is going to play a large role in its postseason success. The Big Ten tournament is single elimination with the winner automatically qualifing for the NCAA tournament. The process continues in NCAA regionals ― a four-team, doubleelimination tournament ― with the winning team advancing to Super Regionals. UW is laying the foundation for success in the postseason now, but it is a process the team ― and fans ― can't get too worked up about. "Everybody is anxious," said Healy. "They want to be the top 25 team now. We're hovering. We're a top 30 team, and that's a huge improvement." All three of the seasons Healy has put together at UW have been huge improvements. With its win over Green Bay on Tuesday, UW has now recorded 30-plus wins in each of Healy's three seasons, a feat never before achieved. Wisconsin has mastered the crawl and is now poised to sprint.

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