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College Softball: Badgers Lose to NIU in Extra Innings

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Despite coming from behind and tying the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wisconsin softball team couldn't hold off a late surge and fell to Northern Illinois, 6-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Goodman Diamond.

Wisconsin (29-14 overall, 8-11 Big Ten) trailed 3-0 behind the Huskies (29-13, 13-8 MAC) heading into the bottom of the fourth inning until sophomore Kelly Welsh singled through the left side to score freshman Jordan Little, who reached base on her own single through the left, to cut the Husky lead to 3-1.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Badgers put up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to even things out, 3-3. Wisconsin put two runners on when junior Kelsey Jenkins reached base on a fielder's choice and then advanced as senior Chloe Miller was hit by a pitch. Fellow senior Sara Novak stepped up and slammed a two-RBI double to left field that nearly cleared the fence, scoring both Jenkins and Miller.

Novak shined in her final appearance at Goodman Diamond, going 4-for-4 at the plate and batting in two runs.

Northern Illinois rebounded late to take a 6-3 advantage in the seventh, scoring three runs on a pair of singles in the top of the frame.

The Badgers chipped away at the lead in the final half inning as sophomore Gabby Scherle scored a run after back-to-back hits from Welsh and Jenkins.

Wisconsin loaded up the bases when Miller and Jenkins both reached to load up the bases, but the rally fell short when the Huskies secured the final out to win, 6-4.

Northern Illinois struck first in the top of the fourth inning, putting up three runs on two Wisconsin errors.
The Badgers hit the road for their final Big Ten series, traveling to Maryland for a three-game series. Friday's first pitch is set for 5 p.m. (CT).

(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)

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