July 31, 2014

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).

Nebraska Track and Field set for NCAA regionals today

The Nebraska track and field team will arrive at the NCAA West Preliminary Round at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, AR today and practice at the track on Wednesday as they begin to compete for bids to the NCAA Championships during the three-day meet starting on Thursday. The national meet will be hosted in Eugene, Oregon, at Hayward Field on Wednesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 14.  To advance to the NCAA Championships, athletes and relay teams will need to secure a top-12 finish in their event.

The decathlon and heptathlon are the only events not competed at the regional meet. Nebraska’s Anne Martin (heptathlon) has already secured her spot at the national meet.

The Huskers will have 16 women and 21 men entered in competition, including the 4×400-meter relay and the 4×100-meter relay for each. Of the 37 Huskers competing over the weekend, five are scheduled to compete in two or more events.

The meet is scheduled for a noon (CT) start on Thursday, with the women’s javelin opening the meet, while the first track event will be the first round of the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the men’s hammer starts the day at 10 a.m., and the first round of the men’s 110-meter hurdles opens the track at 5 p.m. The final day will begin with the women’s hammer at 10 a.m., while the women’s 4×100-meter relay quarterfinal will be the first track event at 6 p.m. and the men’s 4×400-meter relay will conclude the meet at 9:45 p.m.

Husker basketball coach Tim Miles ticketed in auto accident

Police ticketed NU men’s basketball coach Tim Miles for negligent driving after he was involved in a three-vehicle accident. Miles said he was changing the radio station when he rear ended another vehicle…that car hit the pickup in front of them. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Miles had some soreness, but it didn’t stop him from playing in a Coaches vs. Cancer golf outing in Vegas on Monday.

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.