Softball fans in search of high-caliber pitching or defense should have stayed far away from Michigan State's Old College Field Sunday, where the Spartans split a doubleheader with visiting Wisconsin. The two teams combined for 31 runs, 41 hits and 10 errors.
After losing game one 7-5, Wisconsin rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win game two 11-8. Wisconsin junior catcher Boo Gillette set a school record with six RBI in game two and also set a school record with her 14th double of the season.
Badger freshman Eden Brock (10-7) pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief in game two for the win, allowing seven hits and two runs.
Michigan State senior left fielder/pitcher Jessica Beech (17-12) came on in relief in each game, holding Wisconsin to one run and three hits in 3 1/3 innings for the game one win. She took the loss in game two, though, getting rocked for eight runs in just 2 1/3 innings.
The Badgers finish the weekend 23-19 overall, 3-5 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 21-16, 3-5.
Wisconsin trailed 6-0 after just three innings in game two before staging a furious comeback. Gillette's 1-out 2-RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning drew the Badgers within 6-5 and she scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to tie the game. Senior Diana Consolmagno advance to second on the wild pitch and scored on freshman second baseman Tara Hamilton's single to left, giving Wisconsin an 11-6 lead.
Gillette provide the Badgers with insurance in the sixth, smashing a grand slam over the left field fence.
Michigan State benefited from an offensive outburst of its own in game one, chasing Wisconsin junior starter Katie Layne (11-9) in the bottom of the third inning. Layne allowed three singles, a walk and one run without recording an out in the frame, loading the bases for reliever Brock. Freshman designated player Dayna Feenstra greeted Brock with a bases clearing double to right center, putting the Spartans ahead 4-2. Two errors then allowed Michigan State to tack on three unearned runs.
Wisconsin returns to action at 6 p.m. CST Friday when it hosts the first game of a 2-game set against Indiana.