The 11th-ranked Nebraska softball team hosts its first Big 12 home games of the season this weekend, when the Huskers welcome fifth-ranked Texas to Bowlin Stadium for a matchup between the league’s two highest ranked teams.
The Huskers’ first home Big 12 series of the year is a big one. The Longhorns are the only team unbeaten in league play, as Texas is 5-0 in conference action after scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over 20th-ranked Texas A&M on Wednesday.
While Texas sits atop the Big 12 standings, Nebraska is in third place. At 3-1, the Huskers and Missouri (5-1) are the only teams with one loss in league play.
Nebraska is in for a tough challenge this weekend against a Texas squad that has won 16 straight games and is the defending Big 12 champion. The Longhorns own the fourth-best winning percentage nationally and are a very balanced squad.
The Texas offense ranks fifth nationally in batting average, ninth in slugging percentage, 12th in scoring, 14th in stolen bases per game and 15th in home runs per game.
Defensively, Texas boasts the top fielding percentage in the country while ranking third nationally in ERA. Both of the Longhorns’ primary pitchers rank in the top 12 nationally in ERA.
The Huskers are no slouch either. At 30-4, Nebraska is off to the best start in school history and ranks eighth nationally in winning percentage.
The Huskers are averaging 6.4 runs per game and own the nation’s 12th-best batting average and 21st-ranked slugging percentage, while ranking 17th in scoring and 23rd in home runs per game.
Nebraska has won its last three games and nine of its last 10. The Huskers have also excelled against ranked teams this season. NU is 5-2 against ranked opponents, including a 3-2 mark against the top 10 and a 1-1 mark against the top five.
Junior right-hander Ashley Hagemann ranks second nationally with 22 wins this season. She is the reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and has allowed one earned run or less in each of her three Big 12 starts this season.
Offensively, freshman Taylor Edwards leads all freshmen nationally with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs, while batting .422.
info courtesy of huskers.com