IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Badgers hit a small road bump at Pearl Field Friday afternoon, suffering their first loss in 13 games with a 2-1 extra-inning defeat to Iowa, before rebounding for a big 8-0 win in the night cap to split the doubleheader. The three-game series will be decided on Saturday at noon.
Down early in the first game, a home run by Stefanni LaJeunesse in the fifth inning tied the score 1-1. Scoreless sixth and seventh innings forced the game into extra innings.
The Badgers (26-4 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) threatened in the eighth inning with a pair of hits. Stephanie Peace used an infield single to start a small UW rally. A double to center field by Whitney Massey forced a decisive Iowa (20-12, 1-4) defensive play and Peace was thrown out at the plate attempting to score.
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After a scoreless ninth inning, Wisconsin found itself with its back against the wall in the bottom of the ninth. A walk-off home run by Michelle Zoeller in the bottom of the inning gave the Hawkeyes their first Big Ten win of the season. It was the first walk-off home run allowed by the Badgers since the 2009 season.
Cassandra Darrah suffered her first loss in seven games, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out seven. Iowa's Kayla Massey earned her 10th win, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out two. Both teams left seven runners on base.
The Badgers didn't stay down for long, rebounding for a big run-rule victory in the nightcap.
Wisconsin opened play with a three-run second inning. UW's offense exploded in the fifth inning, scoring five runs with two outs and forced Iowa's starting pitcher Chelsea Lyons out of the game.
A double by Massey got the offense started and a two RBI single by Maria Van Abel capped off the scoring frenzy.
Meghan McIntosh earned the complete game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out six. Wisconsin posted eight runs on 10 hits. Seven Badgers tallied hits, including multiple hits from Massey, Michelle Muller, Kendall Grimm and Van Abel.
Wisconsin and Iowa will decide the series on Saturday with a single game at noon.