MADISON, Wisc. — The University of Iowa softball team (15-17, 1-7 Big Ten) dropped the second game of a three-game series against the Wisconsin Badgers (29-5, 6-2 Big Ten), 9-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Goodman Softball Complex.
Senior Mallory Kilian picked up her 14th RBI of the season in the fourth inning. She went 1-for-3 on the day.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“We’re seeing some good spots. Our relays were better today, but it’s a process right now. DoniRae did a great job in the circle. She worked hard for a few innings and we are looking toward some of the younger pitchers to come in and win some games for us. We need to get better and better each day and we have errors we need to clean up and we need less errors and more hits on the board.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Wisconsin gained the advantage early off of a two-run home run in the bottom of the first off of junior DoniRae Mayhew. However, Mayhew began to settle in and stymie the Badger offense over the next two innings.
After two scoreless innings, Iowa got on the board in the fourth inning. Freshman Hallie Ketcham led off the inning with a single and was brought in off an RBI triple from senior Mallory Kilian.
It was Kilian’s third triple of the year and Iowa’s league-leading 13th of the season.
After Iowa’s half of the fourth, the Hawkeyes trailed 2-1.
However, Wisconsin responded in the fourth inning with five runs. After loading the bases, a Badger grand slam opened up the game, making the score 6-1 and a fielder’s choice allowed a fifth run to cross the plate.
The Badgers ended the game in the sixth off an RBI single, enforcing the run-rule by a score of 9-1.
- Iowa hit its Big Ten-leading 13th triple of the season in the fourth inning.
- Senior Mallory Kilian tied for the team lead with her third triple of the year.
The Hawkeyes conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. (CT). The game will air live on the Big Ten Network with live audio provided on Hawkeye All-Access.