Softball finishes weekend 3-2

Freshman Ricci Robben sets home run record in final game at Palm Spring Classic

The Wisconsin softball team wrapped up its stay at the Palm Spring Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Sunday afternoon with a 9-5 win over Utah. Freshman outfielder Ricci Robben powered the Badgers' win with two home runs, setting a UW single-game record. Robben also tied a school record with six runs batted in with her pair of three-run blasts.

Senior outfielder Anastasia Miller also went yard, ripping a two-run home run in the fifth inning that set another school record with UW's third round tripper in a game.

Sophomore pitcher Eden Brock gave up five runs, three earned, in picking up her third win of the weekend. Brock (3-1 this season) was a perfect 3-0 in the Palm Springs Classic, yielding just four earned runs in 18 innings spread over three starts.

Brock pitched a complete-game 3-hit shutout in 1-0 win over No. 23 Long Beach State Friday, and pitched another complete-game 3-hitter in a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon.

The Badgers, though, sandwiched their three victories around a pair of losses.

Senior pitcher Katie Layne took a hard-luck loss in a 8-7 defeat at the hands of No. 18 Oregon State Friday night. Layne lasted just three innings, but all five runs OSU scored in those frames were unearned.

Trailing 5-0, UW rallied to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth and eventually sent the game into extra innings. The Badgers took a 7-5 lead in the top of the eighth, but Adrienne Alo hit a one-out, three-run walk-off home run off UW sophomore pitcher Megan Smith in the bottom of eighth.

Smith gave up two runs in a tough 2-0 loss to No. 3 UCLA Saturday evening. Bruins hurler Anjelica Selden allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out 14 Badgers in a complete-game shutout.

In the five-game weekend, Robben led the Badgers with nine runs batted in, going 5-for-16 at the plate with three home runs and four runs scored. Miller led UW with eights hits and tied Robben with a team-best four runs scored. Miller hit a torrid .615 (8-for-13) with two home runs and four runs batted in.

Wisconsin (3-3 overall) will head to Tulsa, Okla., for the Tulsa Invitational next weekend.

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