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Wisconsin tops Purdue in series finale

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Per UW Athletics) – The Wisconsin softball team clinched its third series win of the season, topping Purdue 3-1 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Bittinger Stadium.

The Badgers (27-8 overall, 6-6 B1G) started with a bang after Kelsey Jenkins blasted a solo home run over the center field wall in the leadoff spot. The last time Wisconsin had a leadoff home run was when Stephanie Peace went yard in 2014 against Albany.

The Badgers carried the 1-0 lead through a quiet second inning but tore up the field with two runs off of two hits in the top of the third frame. 

With one out, Jenkins drew the walk to put one runner on for senior Chloe Miller. Miller knocked a rocket to right center, advancing Jenkins all the way to third. The Bettendorf, Iowa, native stole second to put two runners in scoring position for junior Brooke Wyderski, who took full advantage. Wyderski ripped a two-RBI shot to left field, giving the Cardinal and White a 3-0 edge.

The squads had a defensive battle through the next three innings, both going scoreless. 

Purdue squeaked in a run in the bottom of the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough as UW clinched the 3-1 final.

Freshman Kaitlyn Menz threw a complete game and picked up her 18th win of the season. She dealt out two strikeouts but only allowed six hits and one run.

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