April 17, 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.

Back-to-back walk-off wins leads Husker baseball to a series win over Ohio State

The Nebraska baseball team got above the .500 mark in Big Ten play at 4-2 and 19-13 overall, as the Huskers completed their Big Ten-opening homestand on Sunday with its second straight victory.

Tanner Lubach drove in the winning run on Sunday after Michael Pritchard picked up a walk-off single on Saturday. NU defeated Ohio State by a score of 2-1 to complete the series sweep.

The Husker will be back in action on Tuesday when they make their first trip of the season to TD Ameritrade Park for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Creighton Bluejays, with the game scheduled for a statewide broadcast on NET. The Huskers will be home the following night against the Kansas State Wildcats at 5 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for March 4, but was postponed due to weather.

Tatum Edwards does a little bit of everything as NU softball tops Creighton

The 20th-ranked Nebraska softball picked up a 5-2 victory over Creighton, Wednesday evening at Bowlin Stadium. Tatum Edward drove in a pair or runs, while junior Kylee Muir scored a career-high three runs. Tatum also earned the victory, striking out nine and allowing only four hits in 6.0 innings. Sophomore right-hander Emily Lockman came on in the seventh and earned her first career save.

The Bluejays lost for the fourth straight game, falling to 19-14 on the year. Lincoln native Becca Changstrom (11-8) took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) in a complete-game effort.

Nebraska continues Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Illinois. The Bluejays return to BIG EAST Conference play this weekend with a three-game home series against Villanova beginning with a doubleheader slated for 12:00 p.m. CT Saturday.

Huskers lose early lead and fall to Razorbacks

The Nebraska baseball team (15-13, 1-2 Big Ten) fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks (18-10, 4-5 SEC) 4-3, after being held to just two hits. Tanner Lubach and Steven Reveles were the only Huskers to record a hit on the night, but the Huskers drew eight walks, including a career-high three by Austin Darby.

Steven Reveles singled in a run and another scored on a error to put NU up 2-0 in the second, but the Razorbacks tied the game on a two run double by Tyler Spoon in the bottom of the third. Later in the inning, back to back sacrifice flies extended the lead to 4-2.

A walk, sac bunt and wild pitch moved a runner in scoring position in the fifth for the Huskers who scored their final run on a fielder’s choice.

The teams wrap up the series at 1:35, Wednesday afternoon.

Hooper gets AP honor, will compete in Final Four’s slam dunk and three-point contest

Jordan Hooper was named second-team All-America award from The Associated Press, while sophomore Rachel Theriot added honorable-mention accolades for the Huskers. Hooper, the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, finished her Nebraska career as the school’s career three-point leader with 295, which tied for fourth in Big Ten history.

Hooper will compete in the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point contests on Thursday, April 3 in Dallas as part of the buildup to the NCAA Final Four in North Texas. Hooper will then head to Nashville on Friday to attend the NCAA Women’s Final Four festivities. As one of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy, Hooper will be on hand for the announcement of the WBCA All-America Team.