Badgers can't fight past Illini

Layne's strong pitching performance goes for naught in 2-0 loss

The Wisconsin softball team gave up just two runs in a pitching showdown against Illinois, but it was enough for the Illini (35-17-1 overall, 10-5 Big Ten), who pulled out a 2-0 win Friday night at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

Wisconsin junior pitcher Katie Layne allowed just two hits and retired 12 straight batters in the first through fifth innings.

Illinois senior Amanda Fortune, though, was even more dominant. She allowed five hits and struck out four, improving to 22-9 with the shutout. Fortune has not given up an earned run in a Big Ten game in 29 innings, a streak that began April 16.

Layne came unraveled in the sixth. She issued her only two walks of game in the inning, giving Illinois runners at first and second with two outs. She then threw two wild pitches, allowing Illini sophomore center fielder Rachelle Coriddi to come home and sophomore first baseman Jenna Hall to move up to third. Senior shortstop Lindsey Hamma then hit a single to right, scoring Hall.

Wisconsin (27-24, 5-10) and Illinois will meet Saturday at noon at Goodman Diamond in the second game of the series.

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