The Wisconsin softball team completed the series sweep over Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium, topping the Huskers 11-2 in six innings for its first Nebraska sweep in school history.
Wisconsin (25-19 overall, 9-8 B1G) welcomed starting pitcher Kaitlyn Menz back to the circle after a week on the sidelines. Menz struck out six batters and allowed a single hit in her four innings of work, helping UW outhit Nebraska (30-20, 8-11), 13-6.
Senior Kelsey Jenkins put the Badgers on the board with a three-run homer to left field in the top of the second inning. She scored Jordan Little who was walked to start the inning and Kelly Welsh who reached on a single. The scoring didn’t stop there, as freshman Taylor Johnson got on base via a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on a Melanie Cross single to put runners on the corners with two outs. Johnson crossed the plate for UW’s fourth run of the inning when she and Cross caught the Huskers off guard with a double steal of second and home.
Wisconsin added a pair of runs in the third inning to go up 6-0. Stephanie Lombardo singled to right field on the first pitch of the inning and was replaced on the basepath by pinch runner Heather Rudnicki. Rudnicki moved to second on a wild pitch and slid safely across home plate when Gabby Scherle singled to right field. Welsh was walked and Jenkins reached on a fielder’s choice for runners on first and second with two outs for Wyderski. She scored Welsh off her second single of the day.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Nebraska cut UW’s lead back to four runs when four hits helped score a pair of runners.
The Badgers earned those two runs back and more in the sixth inning starting with a Jenkins single down the left field line. A stolen base and passed ball helped her advance to third with only one out. Johnson drew a walk and stole second to help UW score two runs on an infield single by freshman Lauren Foster. Brianna Flugaur, who was pinch running for Foster, tallied Wisconsin’s third stolen base of the inning and was sent home when pinch hitter Samantha Arents singled up the middle. Jordan Little drew a walk in the next at-bat allowing Arents and Little to score when Sherle hit her 2nd double of the season to center field. A clean bottom of the sixth ended the game giving Wisconsin its first series sweep over the Huskers.
(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)