It was a year of overachievement for the Wisconsin softball team (11-11-1 Big Ten, 28-24-1 overall), as they won at least one game against every conference opponent they played in the regular season. The team also qualified for the Big Ten tournament, which was a major season-long goal according to head coach Yvette Healy.
The Badgers were led by their three all-region honorees, Kelsey Jenkins, Taylor-Paige Stewart, and Chloe Miller. Jenkins led the Badgers with a .411 overall batting average and a .423 mark in conference play. She also set the single-season record for walks with 49 and led the team in eight other statistical categories.
Stewart, a pitcher, led the Badgers with a 2.61 ERA and a 2.27 in-conference ERA. Miller led the team with a program single-season record of 51 RBI as well as 13 multiple-RBI games.
Jenkins and Stewart were also honored by the Big Ten - Jenkins on the first team and Stewart on the second team.
The Badgers also had five wins over ranked opponents this past season, which is the second-highest total in school history.
Perhaps the best moment of the season came on April 1. It was no April Fool’s joke when the Badgers downed the No. 24 Ohio State Buckeyes in heroic fashion after a walk-off home run by freshman Melanie Cross with the Badgers trailing 5-3.
“I think the whole team was believing the whole game,” Healy said after the April 1 game. “We knew going in that we were the underdogs. We just told them to play loose and have fun, you never know what could happen.”