The Wisconsin softball team will return from Arizona with four impressive wins after finishing its weekend at the Sun Devil Classic with a 4-1 victory over Princeton. The Badgers (17-2) finished the tournament with a 4-1 record, including two ranked wins over No. 9 Texas and No. 15 Arizona State.
After both teams struggled to garner any offense through the first two innings of play, the Badgers broke through in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. After freshman Jolie Fish doubled for the first hit of the game, Ally Miklesh and Fish attempted a double steal, Miklesh running to second and Fish going for home plate. Miklesh was thrown out at second but the diversion allowed Fish to cross the plate for UW's first run.
The Badger bats came alive again in the fifth inning, allowing Wisconsin to go up 4-0. Fish was walked and Miklesh singled with a bunt for runners on first and second with no outs. Sophomore Taylor Johnson singled in the next at bat to score Fish.
With Johnson on first and Miklesh on second, the duo pulled off a double steal of second and third base. This proved costly when junior Caroline Hedgcock singled to right field, scoring both of the runners.
Sophomore Maddie Schwartz earned the win in the circle today, improving her record to 3-0. Schwartz earned a career-high four strikeouts with no walks, two hits and one run. Junior Kaitlyn Menz pitched the final inning and a half, striking out two batters in the final frame.
Batting clean-up: Four notes to know
• The Badgers outhit Princeton 6-3.
• Hedgcock led the Badgers at the Sun Devil Classic with six hits and nine RBI, including two home runs.
• The Wisconsin pitchers posted a 1.0 ERA on the weekend as the Badger batters averaged 4.53 earned runs per game.
• Johnson tallied a team-high two hits and five assists against Princeton this afternoon.
Next weekend the Badgers head to Clearwater, Florida for their last pre-conference tournament. The Badgers will play UMass, USF, Central Michigan, Furman and Villanova at the USF-Clearwater Parks and Recreation Showcase Tournament.