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Wisconsin’s season ends with NCAA Tournament loss to Oklahoma

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UW’s excellent season comes to a close.

Oklahoma’s pitching and excellent defense stymied Wisconsin in a 2-0 loss and ended the Badgers post-season journey that included a thrilling walk-off win and a historic upset.

Kaitlyn Menz, fresh off of a 112-pitch effort in Wisconsin’s win over the Sooners, held Oklahoma to only two runs in seven innings. Overall, she threw 14 innings Sunday on 195 pitches and held one of the best offenses in the country to only three total runs.

Wisconsin had a few opportunities in the game, but none came to fruition.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Taylor Johnson worked a lead-off walk. Caroline Hedgcock then smashed a liner, but it went right into the first-baseman’s glove leading to a double-play.

Wisconsin’s season was among the best in its history, as it was the first team in the country to reach 30 wins, set a program record for the third-straight NCAA tournament appearance, and ended Oklahoma’s 41-game winning streak.

Next season, the Badgers return key contributors Menz, Big Ten Player-of-the-year Kayla Konwent, Hedgcock, and Johnson, among others.

The future is bright, and expectations should be higher than ever in 2020 as the Badgers will push to host an NCAA Regional.