Badger softball team extinguishes Flames with 2-hit victory

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoCHICAGO — At 6 p.m., traffic in Chi-town was, as usual, totally jammed and gridlocked, due to an accident on the Edens Expressway.Meanwhile, only a few blocks away, another Eden was the cause for the citizens of Chicago’s grief: pitcher Eden Brock was amid her best game of the season, tossing a two-hit, complete game shutout, silencing the bats of the University of Illinois-Chicago and lifting the University of Wisconsin softball team to a 2-0 victory.”She had total control and never got rattled,” said UW head coach Chandelle Schulte after the game. “Eden had it. There was no doubt about it.””This is one of my best games,” Brock said. “A shutout is always good and so is a low pitch count.”Pitching against a gorgeous picturesque backdrop of the Chicago skyline, Brock took advantage of an overaggressive Flames squad that was more than happy to chase Brock’s dropball early and often, leading to a plethora of weak ground balls.”[The Flames] made it easy for me,” Brock said. “They were very aggressive at the plate, and they swung early in the count, so we were throwing them dropballs and they were just driving them into the ground. It worked really well.”A superb defense was also key for the Badgers (18-16, 3-5), as the team didn’t bobble a ball the entire evening and made almost every play appear little more than routine, though some of the grounders were hit sharply.Third baseman Athena Vazquez and shortstop Lynn Anderson both stood out defensively, making several diving or reaching stabs on hot shots and being on target on all their throws to first.”Our defense was awesome today,” said senior Kaitlin Reiss, who drove in one of UW’s two runs. “I think this is the cleanest game we’ve played all year. Everybody just played great.”Offensively, all the action was early, as Wisconsin picked up both of its runs early playing small ball. Wisconsin managed five hits off of Flames starter Brittany McIntyre, who was lifted after only two-and-one-third innings, after giving up RBI singles to Reiss and Anderson in the second and third innings.”The funny thing is we didn’t hit the ball hard when we picked up those five hits,” Schulte said. “We just hit timely.”After Wisconsin picked up its second run, the Flames went to the bullpen and inserted Sarah Clynes, who went on to mystify the Badger offense for the remainder of the game, pitching four-and-two-thirds innings worth of no-hit ball while walking only two.”Its tough to come in and, after facing a 63-64 mile-per-hour fastball, have someone come in and throw 56, maybe 57,” Schulte said. “It’s like facing a knuckleballer in baseball. It takes a couple innings to adjust to.”However, the Badgers would need no more offense as Brock was simply golden, only allowing one runner to reach second base the entire evening, and that was only after a sacrifice.The closest Illinois-Chicago came to putting together any offense was when pinch hitter Elizabeth Jacoby got a hold of a Brock pitch and took it within inches of clearing the Flames Field fence in right-center, but centerfielder Sam Polito was there for the putout.”It was just that kind of game,” Reiss said. “It was just her night. She just pitched fantastically.”Brock would go on to retire the final 11 Flames in order. In the end, her line was sparkling: seven innings, two hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout.Schulte was pleased with the win but had hoped for a stronger overall performance.”I wanted to see a win, but I wish we would’ve made more adjustments when [Clynes] came in,” Schulte said. “I also thought we were a little lethargic.”However, the victory, despite a lack of energy, is a clear sign of improvement to Schulte.”Earlier in the year, we wouldn’t have been able to win with the intensity we had today, so that’s a good sign that they’re improving,” Schulte said. “But we need to get focused for this weekend.”last_img read more

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