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Wisconsin Badgers news, 5/19: UW softball ends outstanding season

Though Wisconsin's season ended with a NCAA tournament loss Sunday, the Badgers finished with the second-most wins in program history.

Megan McCormick

Ed. note: I'll be filling in for Rex most of this week, as the newly minted grad celebrates his newfound grueling, soul-crushing responsibilities freedom. Today's Badger Bits are obviously a more mid-morning edition; I'll get back to Rex's normal up-when-you-are pattern beginning Tuesday.

Wisconsin softball ended its season Sunday with a 6-0 loss to top-seeded Oregon in the NCAA tournament. There's still cause for celebration, though: the Badgers finished with the second-most wins (36) in program history. Wisconsin also won two NCAA tournament games for just the second time, matching 2013's run.

More great news: UW's men's track & field team picked up its 44th conference title Sunday. Junior Zach Ziemek also won his second straight Big Ten decathlon title.

Wisconsin's women's rowing team finished third at the conference championships Sunday in Indianapolis, marking its fifth consecutive top-three Big Ten finish. The second novice eight crew also won its third straight conference title.

A bit old, but cool nonetheless: Vitto Brown covered Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" with UW's male a cappella group, Fundamentally Sound.

Football talk: Fox Sports Wisconsin is running down the 25 most important Badgers for 2014. First up is cornerback Devin Gaulden.

This is also from last week, but FS Wisconsin checked in with the voice of UW, Matt Lepay, to see how he's enjoying calling Milwaukee Brewers games for the network.

If you watched "Game of Thrones" Sunday night, Matt Ufford has his latest review on SB Nation.

SB Nation's Bill Connelly is rolling through his season previews, and he's already got a few Big Ten teams under his belt (find 'em all here). The latest is Maryland, of which Connelly says "healthy Terps are dangerous Terps."

Four-star defensive tackle and Wisconsin target Kahlil McKenzie had a good showing at the Elite 11 Camp in Oakland, California, Friday. Two impressive Vines from SB Nation's Wescott Eberts: