August 30, 2014

Nebraska softball wins Columbia regional by beating Mizzou twice

The Huskers (44-16) hit seven home runs on the day to down the Tigers (43-18), 11-4, in game one to force a winner-take-all game two, which Nebraska took 8-1 to win the NCAA Columbia Regional at University Field in Columbia, Mo.

Game 6 – Nebraska 11, Mizzou 4
Nebraska hit four home runs in an 11-4 win over Mizzou Sunday afternoon to force the second and deciding game.

The Huskers jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage thanks to a two-run home run from Decker in the bottom of the first. The home run knocked in Alicia Armstong after Armstrong led the inning off with a single up the middle.

Nebraska’s Decker struck again in the bottom of the third with her second two-run home run of the game, putting the Huskers back on top, 4-3. NU added five more runs in the frame after a walk with the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly to right field and a three-run home run by DP Austen Urness for a 9-3 Nebraska advantage.

After Taylor Edwards hit a home run to left for an eight-run Nebraska lead, the Tigers staved off the defeat with a run in the top of the fifth. In the inning, singles from Crane and Fagan put runners on first and second for Randazzo, who doubled in Crane for an 11-4 Nebraska lead.
Game 7 – Nebraska 9, Mizzou 1
For the second game in a row, Nebraska’s Hailey Decker blasted a two-run home run in the first inning as the Huskers took a 2-0 edge in the top of the first. The bomb was the first of four on the day by Decker, who entered the day with 10 on the season.

After the home run, Tiger pitcher Casey Stangel sat down 10 Huskers in a row before Nebraska struck again in the top of the fourth with three runs. A walk and an error put two Cornhuskers on for Kiki Stokes, who hit a three-run home run to right center for a 5-0 Nebraska advantage.

The Huskers added three runs in the top of the seventh on Decker’s fourth homer of the day and a RBI double from Taylor Edwards.