Softball posts winning record at tourney

Win over Iowa highlights weekend set

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The women's softball team earned a 4-1 record at the ASU Louisville Slugger Classic over the weekend and improved to 6-4 overall.


Wisconsin defeated No. 17 Iowa 6-3 Friday, allowing junior Katie Layne to pick up her first win of the season. In 19 meetings between the schools, it is only the Badgers' second win.


The Badgers scored two runs at the top of the first while facing junior Lisa Birocci, the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. Junior utility hitter Anastasia Miller brought in three runners, including two on a two-run homer, while junior outfielder Natalie Phillips had her first career home run.


Iowa out-hit Wisconsin 12-6 but Layne struck out four batters while Birocci had two strikeouts and Iowa senior Sarah Thomson had one.


Against host Arizona State, however, the Badgers did not have the same magic, as they fell 4-0 to the No. 22 team in the country.


Sophomore pitcher Desiree Serrano struck out 10 batters and only gave up two hits, shutting down Wisconsin's offense. For Wisconsin, freshman pitcher Eden Brock allowed eight hits and four runs in 6.1 innings.


The worst was over for the Badgers, as they came back in convincing fashion to defeat Utah State 7-1 and win two games against Illinois State 2-1 and 8-0 to close out the weekend.


Against Utah State Saturday, senior outfielder Diana Consolmagno had a grand slam that sailed over the fence and brought in freshman outfielder Sam Polito, freshman infielder Athena Vasquez and junior catcher Boo Gillette.


Freshman pitcher Megan Smith earned her first win and gave up seven hits and one run. She also walked three and struck out one.


Immediately following the Utah State trouncing, the Badgers faced Illinois State. The Badgers only had two hits but it was enough to get by the Redbirds. Gillette had an RBI double in the sixth inning that brought Polito home and gave UW the win. Freshman infielder Tara Hamilton had Wisconsin's other run in the bottom of the third.


Illinois State tied the game at one apiece in the top of the fifth, as sophomore utility hitter Tricia Gaither scored on junior second-baseman Kate Stake's RBI single.


Layne gave up one run on six hits and struck out eight in the win.


Sunday morning, Wisconsin again faced Illinois State, this time shutting down the Redbirds 8-0. The Badgers had six runs in the second inning, including a grand slam from Gillette, who also had an RBI in the first inning. Junior shortstop Kris Zacher had two RBIs, including Wisconsin's final run in the top of the third.


Brock had her first career shutout in which she gave up four hits and struck out four.

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