Softball: UW hosts Iowa in Big Ten home opener

Senior pitcher Cassandra Darrah has a 2.64 ERA in just over 100 innings pitched this season.

Senior pitcher Cassandra Darrah has a 2.64 ERA in just over 100 innings pitched this season.

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Wisconsin (1-2 Big Ten, 15-12 overall) is preparing for their first Big Ten series at home when they will take on Iowa (2-1, 7-14) Friday.

The Hawkeyes are coming off their first Big Ten series. They took the weekend series against Illinois, winning the first two games and dropping the finale.

Entering her final season, senior pitcher Kayla Massey pulled out the win for Iowa. Massey, along with infielder Megan Blank and catcher Holly Hoffman, carried the Hawkeyes in hitting, outlasting the Fighting Illini in extra innings 4-3 last Friday.

Wisconsin lost two of the three games in its Big Ten series opener to No. 23 Northwestern (2-1, 17-6). Senior pitcher Cassandra Darrah held the Wildcats to five runs in their only win of the series.

The defense was not the only game-changing aspect. Wisconsin’s offense also added to the win due to nine of the Badgers accumulating 10 hits. The Badgers collectively had the most hits in the final game, enabling them to come out ahead.

Even with the loss to the Wildcats, freshman utility player Sara Novak was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week thanks to her first two home runs of the season, and hitting .500 overall. The Shorewood, Ill. native pitches as well as acts as a utility player for the Badgers in her rookie season.

The Badgers have defeated the Hawkeyes in three of their last four matchups.

The Friday game will be at 4 p.m., and the Saturday and Sunday games will begin at 12 p.m.

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