The University of Wisconsin Softball team put up a valiant effort on the final day of NCAA Tournament Regional play, beating Oklahoma, 2-1, in game six to force a game seven against the Sooners. OU took the final game of the day, 2-0, in a thrilling end to one of the best seasons in Wisconsin Softball history.
In Game One of the day, Oklahoma hit a lead off home run, but an all-out team effort led to the biggest upset in recent history when Wisconsin stunned the top-seeded Sooners, 2-1.
UW broke through in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Sophomore Taylor Johnson led the inning off with a walk and then Lauren Foster was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with one out.
Caroline Hedgcock put down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Johnson. With runners on the corners and still one out, Jolie Fish laid down another sacrifice bunt that scored Foster and gave Wisconsin the 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Kaitlyn Menz earned the win after pitching a complete game. The junior only allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.
UW had only taken down a top ranked team one other time in program history and ended OU’s 41-game winning streak and their 49-game home winning streak.
In the second game of the day, the Badgers played Oklahoma tough again for the third time in the regional, but were unable to string together hits to get any runs.
Menz pitched another complete game with spectacular numbers against the most potent offense in the country. She struck out three Sooners, allowed four hits and one walk to cap off an amazing weekend on the mound in the NCAA Tournament.
Ultimately, the Sooners scored one in the third inning and one in the fourth inning to win game seven, 2-0.