August 27, 2014

NU captures third All-American honor at NCAA track and field championships

Patrick Raedler is the third Husker at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships to grab All-American honors after he finished 8th in the long jump. Raedler became a three-time All-American with a jump of 24 feet, 4 and a quarter inches as his fifth jump moved him from ninth to eighth.

The Huskers also earned a berth in the finals as the men’s 4×400-meter relay advancing to Saturday’s final round. Anne Martin closed the first day of heptathlon competition in 15th place. Will Lohman finished 18th in the men’s hammer throw. Sean Pille finished seventh in the third heat of the men’s 110-meter hurdles, and missed advancing to the finals.

Two Nebraska coaches named top assistants by USTFCCCA

Nebraska assistant coaches Carrie Lane and Billy Maxwell were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday as they were selected as the Midwest Region Women’s and Men’s Assistant Coaches of the Year. Lane, in her third year as throws coach at Nebraska, has led the Huskers to four NCAA finals bids. In his 19th season with the Huskers, Maxwell coached the NU men’s sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams to eight bids for the NCAA finals, The Huskers begin competition at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore today.  21 Huskers have qualified.

Nebraska women’s basketball adds another for the 2015 recruiting class

Connie Yori’s Nebraska women’s basketball team added two players from Kansas for the 2015 recruiting class in the past week. Lanie Page, the sister of incoming freshman Kaylee Page, has committed to the Huskers. The Page sisters are from Wamego, KS., where they’re coached by their father, Jim.

Lanie Page, a 6-foot-3 wing, joins Leavenworth, KS., native Rachel Blackburn in the Huskers’ 2015 class. Blackburn, a 6-3 power forward, announced last week she is committed to play at Nebraska. The Page sisters play together with Blackburn on their Kansas AAU team.  Page and Blackburn give coach Connie Yori four players in the 2015 recruiting class, along with in-state players Jessica Shepard of Fremont and Maddie Simon of Lincoln Pius X.

Nebraska baseball gets past Binghamton to stay alive at NCAA regionals

Trailing by one run and two outs away from the end of the 2014 season, Nebraska’s offense rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning on its way to a 8-6 win over the Binghamton Bearcats in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The No. 19 Huskers are now 41-20 on the year, and will continue NCAA Tournament play tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. against the loser of tonight’s game between Cal State Fullerton and Oklahoma State.

The Huskers have now won 16 games this season when they have been behind or tied after the sixth inning, as the Bearcats took a 6-5 lead after plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The win also marked the 11th time this year the Huskers have won after taking the lead in their final at-bat of the game.

Nebraska’s first five hitters combined to go 12-for-23 with seven RBIs and six runs scored, including three-hit performances from both Ryan Boldt and Blake Headley.

Edwards twins named softball All-Americans

It was icing on the cake for Nebraska softball senior twins, Tatum and Taylor Edwards as they capped off their softball careers at Nebraska by each earning All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Taylor was named a first-team All-America catcher, while Tatum was a third-team pitcher/utility selection.

Tatum went 24-13 with a 1.78 ERA, and hit .294 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs. Tatum ends her career 4th all-tim at NU with 46 homers and 5th all-time with 158 RBIs. Taylor hit .346 this year with 18 homers, 43 RBIs. Taylor ended her Husker career with 17 school records, including Nebraska career records for home runs (54).