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Badgers jump out to early lead vs. Purdue but rain spoils the fun

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Per UW Athletics) – Wisconsin’s first game of the series against Purdue was halted in the top of the fifth inning as the Badgers (25-7 overall, 4-5 Big Ten) had a 5-1 lead and will resume in the same spot on Saturday afternoon at Bittinger Stadium.

Purdue’s (16-27, 5-6) leadoff batter, Maya Hughes, got the Boilermakers on the board in the bottom of the first after reaching on an infield error and then consequentially scoring on a wild pitch.

But Wisconsin evened the game in the top of the second. With two outs on the board, Stephanie Lombardo got the bats swinging as she dropped a hit to left center. Two consecutive walks then loaded up the bases for Kelsey Jenkins, who also walked in as Lombardo came home to even up the game.

UW took control in the third inning after turning a textbook double play in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Brooke Wyderski led off the inning with a standup double which was followed up by a Purdue miscue that allowed Novak on. Freshman Jordan Little reached on a fielder’s choice that pushed Wyderski all the way through to home plate and gave UW the 2-1 edge.

The Badgers had two more cross the plate after Lombardo popped in another single which was seceded by a fielder’s choice that put Gabby Scherle at first base and scored Little, giving the Cardinal and White a 4-1 advantage.

The game was halted by lightning in the top of the fifth inning after Melanie Cross led off with a single and Brianna Flugaur came in to pinch run for her. The game resumed after an hour delay where Flugaur had enough time to steal second and then take third on a throwing error. A fielder’s choice gave Flugaur just enough time to cross home plate giving UW a 5-1 lead before the game was officially postponed until Saturday.

The game will resume on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT in the top of the fifth inning and the doubleheader will proceed as normal 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

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