The University of North Dakota softball team dropped a pair of games to Wisconsin on Wednesday afternoon. The Badgers posted scores of 11-2 and 17-1 to sweep the doubleheader in Madison, Wis.
"It was two disappointing efforts to finish our trip today," head coach Eric Oakley said. "No aspect of the game worked with any other. In game one, we left the bases loaded twice, and the outcome of that game could have been much different. Knowing that, it was disappointing that we didn't come out with more fire in the second game.
"One bright spot on the day, however, was the play of Nicole Babrowski."
Babrowski led UND in the first game against the Badgers, getting two hits in two at-bats and scoring one run. Playing center field, she recorded a total of three putouts on the day.
Wisconsin opened the first game scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Badgers added four runs in the third and one run in the fourth, to make it 11-0 before North Dakota got on the board. A double by Caralyn Chewning and a UW error allowed UND to score two runs.
Unfortunately, the Badgers put an end to the late rally to take the first game 11-2. By the end of the game, UND had left a total of seven players on base, including three in both the first and third innings.
In game two Wisconsin opened up to a commanding 15-0 lead after the first two innings. The Badgers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Again, it took North Dakota until the fifth inning to get on the board.
Elizabeth Cudney got on base with a single, and was driven home by a Rachael Waynick double to right center. Cudney's run would be the lone score for UND, as Wisconsin closed the nightcap with a 17-1 win.
North Dakota returns to the diamond with a pair of games at Iowa State on Tuesday, April 15, before taking on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Wednesday, April 16.