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Varsity - April 17, 2022

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60 // VARSITY April 17, 2014 Heating up: Badgers keep rolling through April Wisconsin has won seven in a row at home A fter a mid-season slump that saw the Badgers score a total of 12 runs in five games, the Wis- consin offense has come to life during a seven-game homes- tand, outscoring its opponents 58-20. Leading the charge for Wisconsin has been Michelle Mueller, who made program history this week by becoming the first player to win NFCA Player of the Week and USA Softball Player of the Week honors. During the homes- tand, Mueller hit six homers, recorded 22 RBI and posted a slugging percentage of 1.476. "I'm just really comfortable at the plate," Mueller said. "I've been working on a lot of men- tal things: breathing, just get- ting a focus point. It gives me confidence when the girls say, 'We just want to pass it on to you.' And to have runners on base with the opponent al- ready a little bit worried about other players like Mary (Massei) and Steph (Peace), it really just makes you comfort- able and confident in yourself." Mary Massei is another Badger that's been on a tear, as the senior outfielder tallied 11 hits during the homestand and scored a team-high nine runs. She knocked in the game-winning run in the Badgers' 9-8 comeback win against Green Bay on Wednesday. "I was just really thinking, 'This is what I'm here for,'" Massei said. "We work hard every single day and we lift each other up. When you step into the box you just need to have that mindset that you're go- ing to get it done." The Badgers have won some close games lately, taking three of their past five contests by one run. They believe the close calls will help build confidence for the squad. "Games like that where it gets close at the end you just have to keep fighting no matter who we play," Massei said. "At the end of the day we might be young, we might be down a couple of runs, but we believe that, no matter what, we're never out of it," Mueller said. "I think that's the mentality that we're trying to instill in everyone." SCHEDULE (24-15, 6-5) THIS WEEK Wednesday Green Bay W, 9-8 Wednesday Green Bay W, 5-2 UP NEXT Friday at Penn State 5 p.m. Saturday at Penn State Noon Saturday at Penn State 2 p.m. INSIDE SOFTBALL BY CHRISTIAN BLATNER @BADGERSOFTBALL

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