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Badgers softball tops Iowa 8-1, claims first home victory of the season

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s softball team notched their first home win of the season in dominating fashion, dispatching the Iowa Hawkeyes, 8-1, at Goodman Diamond on Friday night.

After a scoreless first inning, the Badgers (24-6 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) capitalized on a huge second inning, scoring three runs over the Hawkeyes (8-22, 2-5) in the process.

UW opened up the scoring after Taylor Berry doubled to right center, allowing Jordan Little to run home to put the team up 1-0.

Stephanie Lombardo scored the second run of the inning after Kelsey Jenkins walked with bases loaded and Berry was able to score the third run thanks to a Chloe Miller grounder to first base.

In the third inning, the Cardinal and Red extended their lead to 4-0 when McKenna Heim made it to home on a Hawkeye error in the infield.

Iowa got its lone score of the game at the top of the fourth when a hit by Angel Schmiederer to the left field scored Kaitlyn Mullarkey to put the Black and Gold on the scoreboard, but UW responded at the bottom of the inning with a home run by Melanie Cross that scored both her and Novak to put Wisconsin up 6-1.

With two outs at the start of the sixth inning, Iowa had a prime opportunity to reduce its five-run deficit with the bases loaded and pinch hitter, Taylor Libby up to bat, but Miller made a clutch catch to send to notch the third out.

At the bottom of the sixth, Miller showed why she’s the nation’s top hitter, slamming a home run that scored both her and Welsh to extend the Badgers’ lead to 8-1.

The Badgers return to Goodman Diamond tomorrow at 1 p.m. (CT) to take on the Hawkeyes in the second game of the series.

Notes to Know:
-Wisconsin outhit the Hawkeyes 9-2.
-Chloe Miller led the Badgers with three RBI, including a two-RBI homer in the sixth inning. With her run scored, Miller moved into third all-time in career runs with 130.
-Melanie Cross hit her fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning, batting in two runs.
-Taylor Berry's RBI double was her second hit of the season and second double of her career.
-Kaitlyn Menz pitched all seven innings, throwing five strikeouts and allowing just one run.

Details from the Dugout:
"Over this past week our coaches put us in drills that put us in pressure situations and I feel like during the game today we all contributed down through the lineup."

"(Menz) is so dependable. She's awesome, she doesn't act like a freshman. She is doing so well this year and I couldn't be happier for her."

"We're watching that (the Nebraska series), learning from it, and getting better."

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