By most counts, Saturday's performance was a career outing for Wisconsin freshman pitcher Eden Brock. She struck out a career-high seven Illinois batters, walked none and pitched nine scoreless innings in the longest out of her career.
For the second day in a row, however, the Badgers (27-25 overall, 5-11 Big Ten) could not overcome an even stronger pitching performance from the Illini, falling 1-0 in 10 innings. Wisconsin lost to Illinois 2-0 Friday.
Brock took her shutout into the top of the 10th before Illinois engineered the game's only run. Senior catcher Janna Sartini opened the inning with a double and advanced to third as the Illini loaded the bases on a pair of infield singles. Senior third baseman Erin Jones' then drove in Sartini with a sacrifice fly to center field to end the game.
Illinois senior Sherri Taylor (10-8) pitched all 10 innings, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out seven. The Illini improved to 36-17-1 overall and 11-5 in the Big Ten.
Brock (11-11) scattered 13 hits in 9 1/3 innings, benefiting from stellar Wisconsin defense to get out of a number of jams. Junior catcher Boo Gillette threw out three potential base stealers and the Badgers recorded their single-season record 18th double play.
Wisconsin hosts Iowa Sunday in a doubleheader beginning at noon.