Softball: Badgers sweep UNI

Brock earns two wins; Gillette hits 10th home run of the season

The University of Wisconsin softball team took each game of a double header with Northern Iowa Wednesday evening at Goodman Diamond, improving to 22-20 overall this season.

Sophomore pitcher Eden Brock earned the win in each game, starting the opener, a 7-3 victory, and coming on in relief in UW's come-from-behind 4-3 win in game two.

The Badgers trailed 3-0 after two innings in the nightcap but senior catcher Boo Gillette bashed a two-run, one-out home run in the fourth inning to draw UW within one. The blast was her team-leading 10th round tripper of the season.

UW's Ricci Robben led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer to tie the game. Then, with two outs in the inning, short stop Kris Zacher singled to center, stole second and scored on center fielder Sam Polito's single down the first-base line.

UNI's The leadoff batter reached base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Brock (14-8) was able to put the game away, allowing just one hit in 2 2/3 innings. Starting pitcher senior Katie Layne pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three unearned runs while striking out seven.

In game one, Brock allowed one run and five hits in five inning of work, walking one and striking out six. Sophomore Megan Smith pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, and four hits.

The Badgers did most of their damage in the third inning. Already ahead 1-0, right fielder Natalie Phillips' two-out RBI single scored Gillette and jump started a four-run burst. Second baseman Athena Vasquez followed with a two-run double to center field and scored on Zacher's single to center to make it 5-0 UW.

Gillette and pinch runner Melissa Trainor crossed the plate in the fourth to give UW a commanding 7-1 edge.

The Badgers next play at Iowa at 6 p.m. Friday.

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