The 14th-ranked Nebraska softball team wraps up a six-game homestand this weekend when the Huskers welcome Texas Tech to Bowlin Stadium for a two-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday.
Both Nebraska and Texas Tech are looking to climb the Big 12 standings this weekend after superb non-conference records. The Huskers went 30-3 against non-conference competition this season, but with a 4-6 record in league play, Nebraska enters the weekend in seventh place in the conference standings.
Texas Tech posted a 35-1 record outside of league play, but the Red Raiders are just 4-10 in the conference season and enter the weekend just behind Nebraska in eighth place in a talented Big 12 Conference that features seven ranked teams.
This weekend’s series matches some of the top offensive newcomers in the Big 12 Conference this season. For Nebraska, freshman Taylor Edwards appears to be the frontrunner for Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Year honors. Edwards, one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player-of-the-Year award, is batting .392 this season with 16 homers and 58 RBIs.
She leads the league in slugging percentage, is tied for the Big 12 lead in RBIs and ranks second in the conference in home runs and total bases, sixth in average and eighth in walks.
For Texas Tech, a pair of transfers have made an immediate impact. Cydney Allen, who spent last season at Salt Lake C.C., ranks second in the league with a .398 batting average, while also ranking sixth in home runs and fifth in RBIs.
Sandy James, a transfer from Angelo State, is tied with Taylor Edwards for the Big 12 RBI lead, while she ranks just behind Edwards in a tie for third in the conference with 15 home runs this season.
The Red Raiders have been off since being swept in a two-game series against No. 3 Texas last weekend. While Tech has lost four straight, the Huskers have won three of their last four.
After splitting a two-game series with eighth-ranked Missouri last weekend, Nebraska swept a doubleheader from South Dakota State on Wednesday. The Husker pitching staff allowed only one run and just three hits in the two wins, while Taylor Edwards homered and had three RBIs in the sweep.
Today’s game will start at 1 at Bowlin Stadium, while tomorrow’s first pitch is set for high noon.