It was a close battle all the way until the final out, but the No. 25 Wisconsin softball team was able to defeat host Penn State Saturday afternoon, 3-2. The Badgers (26-5 overall, 3-2 B1G) now lead PSU (17-16, 2-3) 2-0 in the weekend series.
With the game tied at two runs apiece going into the seventh inning, leadoff batter Lauren Foster smacked a double down the right field line to start the inning off right. Pinch runner Sydney Lawson would advance to third via a Kelly Welsh bunt just in time for freshman Ally Miklesh's infield single. Miklesh scored Lawson for the go-ahead RBI.
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, the Wisconsin offense came to life when junior Kayla Konwent hit the ball over the scoreboard in left field to knot the game at 1-1. Two hitters later, senior Stephanie Lombardo went yard to left field to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Sophomore Haley Hestekin pitched a complete game with five strikeouts and two walks.
Batting clean-up: Four notes to know
• Konwent's home run marks her 10th of the season. She also finished the day with a game-high three hits, all of which were extra-base hits.
• Sophomore Taylor Johnson singled in the third inning and now holds a 15-game hitting streak.
• The Badgers outhit the Nittany Lions, 8-3.
• Wisconsin will go for its first conference series sweep of the season tomorrow. UW clinched its first conference series with today's win.
Tomorrow Wisconsin and Penn State will conclude their conference series with an 11 a.m. (CT) game that will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.