Badgers drop close game to Hawkeyes, 4-3

Jenkins goes yard to make it close game in 5th
Badgers drop close game to Hawkeyes, 4-3

The Wisconsin women’s softball team was edged by the Iowa Hawkeyes, 4-3, in a game that came down to the wire at Goodman Diamond on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawkeyes capitalized on a big fifth inning to pick up the second game against the Badgers (24-7 overall, 3-5 Big Ten). Iowa (9-22, 3-5) outhit Wisconsin 10-4.

The Hawkeyes got things going right away as Angela Schmiederer singled to bring in Lea Thompson. Stephanie Lombardo’s single served as the equalizer, however, as her hard hit up the left side brought home Brianna Flugaur to put the Badgers on the board in the second inning.

At the top of the fifth, the Hawkeyes took a three-run lead as Allie Wood singled to bring in Thompson for her second run of the game. With runners on first and second, Schmiederer flied out to center field but was able to bring in Kaitlyn Mullarkey. Wood made her way home after Taylor Libby reached on an error, but the Badgers halted the Hawkeyes after Kirsten Stevens struck out Claire Fritsch looking.

After a hot start to the fifth frame by Iowa, Wisconsin retaliated with a two-run inning of their own. Gabby Scherle started on a high note by singling on a bunt and stealing second. With two outs, Kelsey Jenkins rose to the occasion and fired off a two-run home run to cut Iowa’s lead to 4-3.

Following a scoreless sixth inning, Kaitlyn Menz subbed in and struck out three Hawkeyes right away to start the seventh but the Badgers couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Badgers will close out the series against Iowa at Goodman Diamond on Sunday at 1pm.