December 26, 2014

UNO softball upsets 19th ranked Nebraska

In a matchup of two of the nation’s top senior pitchers, a three-run homer powered UNO to a 3-2 victory over the 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team on Tuesday at Bowlin Stadium.

Following a pair of infield singles, Campbell Ditto lined a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the third inning to put the Mavericks on the board. Ditto’s home run was the only ball UNO hit out of the infield all game.

Nebraska was held scoreless until the seventh inning, when senior Taylor Edwards blasted a two-out, two-run homer to left. Sophomore Hailey Decker followed Edwards’ home run with a single before senior Tatum Edwards reached on an error to put the tying run on second and the winning run on first. But the Huskers’ rally came up one-run short, as sophomore Alicia Armstrong was thrown out on a bang-bang play to end the game.

UNO ace Dana Elsasser, who entered the game with the fourth-best career ERA of any active Division I pitcher, threw a six-hitter to earn her first victory over Nebraska in six career starts. Elsasser improved to 18-6 this spring.  Tatum Edwards, who lost for just the second time in 23 career starts at home, fired a four-hitter with three of the hits being infield singles. She added five strikeouts in a complete-game effort, while falling to 14-9 on the season.