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Nebraska sweeps No. 21 Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) – Defensive struggles plagued the No. 21 Wisconsin softball team (23-6 overall, 2-4 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon at Goodman Diamond as it dropped its third game of the weekend to Nebraska (11-20, 3-3), 9-4.

Things went Wisconsin’s way in the bottom of the first. After junior Kelsey Jenkins drew a walk on the first at bat of the afternoon, Brooke Wyderski stepped up and hit a double deep into center field, allowing Jenkins to score the first run of the afternoon. The Badgers took a 1-0 lead after one inning.

The Huskers countered hard in the top of the second. Kaylan Jablonski hit a double down the line followed by Alexis Perry reaching second on an error by center fielder Kelly Welsh. Taylor Otte then hit a line drive into right allowing Jablonski to reach home. Wisconsin’s struggles continued when Laura Barrow hit a single through the right side resulting in Perry scoring a run to give Nebraska a 2-1 lead. Otte also was able to score as the Badgers were unable to connect during a series of throws, resulting in an error. Nebraska was able to score once more thanks to a Rindy Bryant single and had a 4-1 lead after two.

Nebraska struck again in the third, as its first three batters got on base due to two walks and a single. Otte got another Husker home on a sacrifice fly to center field. Pinch hitter Austen Urness delivered a two-RBI single to center as Nebraska extended its lead to 7-1 after the top of the third.

The Badgers clawed back in the bottom of the fourth. Welsh reached on a leadoff single to center before Brianna Flugaur got on base thanks to a fielder’s choice. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases with Wyderski up to bat. The junior singled to left field knocking in a much-needed Wisconsin run. During the next at bat, Novak singled up the middle as two more Badgers rounded home, ultimately leading to a 7-4 Nebraska advantage through four innings.

Once again Nebraska countered, knocking in a run thanks to doubles from Barrow and Lexey Kneib. With the bases loaded, pitcher Kaitlyn Menz walked the batter and the Huskers solidified a 9-4 win.

Notes to Know:
- The Badgers drew three leadoff walks in the game. UW also set a new season high drawing 11 walks. 
- Kelsey Jenkins tied her career high for walks with four.
- Chloe Miller is now tied for third all-time in career runs with 129.
- Brooke Wyderski and Sara Novak each recorded two RBI.
- Wyderski continued a four-game hitting streak and has had hits in 10 of the last 11 games.

- 467 fans were in attendance at Goodman Diamond on Sunday afternoon.

Details from the Dugout:

 

On the main message to the team:

"We just have to get back to work. It was a rough weekend, Nebraska played well and we've got a lot to work on, but at least it's still early in the season. That was my main message, the season's not over. We know we've got to get back to the drawing board a little bit."

On Nebraska's defense:
"There were a lot of balls put in play today, we had a ton of runners on base. We talked about wanting the matchup to have the bottom of the lineup turn it over, get on base and get our big hitters a chance with the game on the line. We had those opportunities, so that's a good standpoint that we got the matchup we wanted but we didn't come through and execute, but at least we had that matchup."

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