Wisconsin snaps skid

Badger softball breaks four-game losing streak with seventh-inning rally

Wisconsin broke a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago (32-21 overall) Thursday in Chicago. The Badgers, who had not scored a run since a 3-0 win over Loyola April 28, picked up two runs in a seventh-inning rally for the win.

The Badgers (28-27) were down by one heading into the seventh inning but junior shortstop Kris Zacher and junior catcher Boo Gillette helped change that. Zacher had a single and advanced to third on Gillette's single, putting Badgers at the corners with no outs. Senior left fielder Diana Consolmagno then hit a sacrifice fly to the center field wall, bringing Zacher home with the tying run. Junior designated player Anastasia Miller and sophomore second baseman Emily Friedman followed with singles to load the bases. Sophomore first baseman Kaitlin Reiss hit a grounder to third that could have been a double-play ball. Gillette, though, took a hard slide into home, forcing UIC freshman catcher Elizabeth Jacoby to make an errant throw to first. Miller took advantage of the error, scoring the game-winner on that play.

Miller had one hit and a career-high three runs in the win, while freshman center fielder Samantha Polito and Zacher had three hits and a run apiece. Friedman also had three hits in the win.

Freshman pitcher Eden Brock preserved the win for Wisconsin, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up just three hits. Junior Katie Layne started for the Badgers and gave up six hits and four runs in 2.1 innings.

UIC sophomore Brittany McIntyre pitched five innings and allowed seven hits and two runs while reliever senior Alison Aguilar gave up seven hits and three runs in two innings.

Wisconsin faces Minnesota Saturday at Goodman Diamond.

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