LINCOLN, Nebraska (WXOW) -- The University of Wisconsin softball team finished up an impressive regular season with their first ever Big Ten Tournament Championship. The Badgers defeated rival Minnesota 9-3 on Sunday afternoon.
During the regular season, Wisconsin played 37 straight games on the road due to weather. They finished the regular season with a record of 39-11. This weekend they earned their 40th and 41st wins in the conference tournament, which gave them a chance to play for the Big Ten title for the first time in the program's history.
Cassandra Darrah took the mound for the Badgers against the Gophers on Sunday afternoon. Darrah gave up a two-run home run to Tyler Walker that put Minnesota out in front in the third inning.
Wisconsin answered in the bottom of the frame. Marissa Mersh sent an RBI double to the fence before the Badgers tied the game later in the inning.
An alumna of La Crosse Logan, Michelle Mueller gave Wisconsin the lead for good in the 4th. Mueller blasted a solo home run, her 7th of the year, to put the Badgers on top.
They went on to win Sunday's game 9-3 over the Gophers. The win marked UW's first Big Ten Tournament Championship in program history and also earned them an automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
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