With a record of 28-24-1 overall and 11-11-1 in conference play, it was a successful season for the Wisconsin softball team.
Starting off the season strong, the Badgers won some key games against tough teams at the Kajikawa Classic and continued that trend throughout the season and into conference play.
They participated in some nail biters but ended up on top, which helped elevate them to one of the best conference seasons in program history. The Badgers ended up losing to Indiana (4-0) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, which brought their season to a close.
Infielder Kelsey Jenkins anchored the 2016 team, managing to draw 49 walks this season, which broke her record of 42 from the 2015 season. She had multiple hits in 16 straight games and ended the season with a .411 batting average. Jenkins recorded a season-high four hits against Minnesota and sent seven pitches over the fence this year, bringing her home run total to 13 in just the two years she’s played for the Badgers.
The Tucson, AZ native managed to snag the NFCA Great Lakes All-Region honors for the 2016 season, and has previously participated on the 2015 Canadian Junior Women’s National Team. In 2015, she was the first freshman in UW history to be named First-Team All-Big Ten.
With Jenkins coming into next year as a junior, the Badgers can look to her for her strong bat and continued leadership on a promising team.
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