The Wisconsin softball team held off a late Nebraska rally to take Sunday's rubber match 4-2 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Huskers (21-30, 9-14 Big Ten), who dropped the final two games of the series, now turn their attention to the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. NU will be the No. 8 seed and will open against Illinois.

On Sunday, the Badgers (38-11, 15-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning and took a 4-1 advantage when Lauren Foster led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left center.

But freshman Courtney Wallace, in one of her best relief outings of the season, held the Badgers scoreless the rest of the way. That gave NU's offense an opportunity to get back into the game.

Nebraska's best chances came in the sixth and seventh innings.

Madi Unzicker worked out of an 0-2 count to hit a solo homer, her seventh of the season and second of the series, to cut the Badger lead to 4-2 in the sixth. Lindsey Walljasper followed with a two-out single, Rylie Unzicker reached on an error, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Wallace drew a walk to load the bases, but Wisconsin's Kaitlyn Menz got out of the jam by getting Lexey Kneib to pop out for the third out.

The top of the order for NU threatened in the seventh. Tristen Edwards and Samantha Owen hit back-to-back one-out singles, but Mentz retired the next two Huskers via strikeout and popout to end the game and take the series.

Walljasper (11-12) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits. Wisconsin's Haley Hestekin (17-4) earned her second win in as many days.

Leadoff hitter Kayla Konwent had three hits for the Badgers.

Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle played a limited role as coach after she was hit in the lower leg by a ball fouled off by Edwards early in the game. Revelle was in the third-base coach's box at the time, and her left leg was in a walking boot after the game.


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