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Varsity - April 11, 2013

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INSIDE SOFTBALL BY ANNA POULTER-HENDRICKSON @BadgerSoftball SCHEDULE (28-6, 6-3) This Week Friday at #19/22 Nebraska 6 p.m. Saturday at #19/22 Nebraska 1 p.m. Sunday at #19/22 Nebraska Noon Next Week Apr. 16 Green Bay Apr.19 Ohio State Massey���s move behind the plate paying off Senior has caught three no-hitters this year A n All-Big Ten selection at second base a year ago, some might have questioned Whitney Massey���s move behind the plate this season. But for Massey, the move was a return to her roots. For the Badgers, it has paid off in the form of three no-hitters. ���I had to go back to my 48 �� VARSITY APR I L 11, 2013 catching roots,��� said Massey of the transition. ���I was a catcher before I came to college and I love catching. I���m more natural at it than any other position.��� Massey has had her hand in all three of the Badgers��� no-hitters this season. She caught Cassandra Darrah���s no-hitter on Feb. 22, mark- 3/5 p.m. 6 p.m. ing Wisconsin���s first no-hitter in 12 years. Massey was behind the plate for Meghan McIntosh���s first no-hitter on Feb. 10 against Eastern Kentucky and again on April 7 for McIntosh���s second against Minnesota. Part of Massey���s success can be attributed to the relationship she has built with the pitchers. ���I���ve established a relationship with them,��� said Massey. ���I���m roommates with Meghan, and that helps a lot. She���s very superstitious, so we have a certain ritual we do before we go out. Cass is the same way, she���s not as superstitious, but during warmups there���s a certain time when I come in to start warming her up.��� Massey puts the relationships she has built with the pitchers to work during the games. ���I know if someone likes more timeouts called, or if there are little jokes that I can say to relax them, stuff like that.��� The move behind the plate hasn���t slowed Massey down in the batter���s box. The reigning NCAA doubles leader, she leads the Badgers with 14. The lefty is batting .356 and is tied for the team lead with seven home runs. For Massey, it was a return home.

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