Posted- April 12th, 2013 9:59 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- It was one big inning the Wisconsin softball team couldn't overcome Friday evening as No. 22 Nebraska used three hits to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and take a 4-0 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The Badgers (28-7 overall, 6-4 Big Ten) and Huskers (29-6, 7-2)played scoreless ball through the first 4.5 innings, with the Huskers holding Wisconsin to just one hit through the first five.
Twice the Huskers threatened with runners in scoring position, but tight defense kept them from the plate.
Nebraska broke through in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a single, walk and fielder's choice to load the bases. A single by Taylor Edwards broke the stalemate, scoring the first run of the game.
A single by Hailey Decker plated another Husker run and an error by Whitney Massey at second base allowed two more runs to cross the plate.
The Badgers didn't back down in the top of the sixth. A two-out walk by Kendall Grimm was followed by a double by Stefanni LaJeunesse, putting the Badgers in scoring position before a ground out ended the inning.
Maria Van Abel led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, but the Badgers were unable to capitalize, falling to the Huskers, 4-0.
Meghan McIntosh suffered her third loss of the season, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits. McIntosh struck out five and walked three. Taylor-Paige Stewart recorded the final inning of work, allowing one hit and walking one batter.
Tatum Edwards earned the shutout win for Nebraska, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up three hits and walking four.
Wisconsin and Nebraska continue the Big Ten series with game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln.
(Copyright Associated Press)