The Nebraska softball team opens up a short four-game homestand with a three-game series against Illinois on Friday and Saturday at Bowlin Stadium. In a change from the original schedule, Friday’s doubleheader will now start at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s finale will begin at 11 a.m.
Nebraska enters Friday’s doubleheader with a 21-14 overall record and a 4-2 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers have won 10 of their last 12 games, but saw their season-high nine-game winning streak snapped when they lost both games of a doubleheader at Minnesota last weekend. Despite the disappointing doubleheader, Nebraska is still off to its best start in conference play since 2006. The Huskers are currently in fourth place in the Big Ten standings, trailing only one-loss Michigan and Ohio State (5-1) and undefeated Purdue (6-0).
NU has excelled at home this season, as the Huskers are a perfect 7-0 at Bowlin Stadium. The Huskers’ seven-game win streak to open their home schedule marks the third-best start since Bowlin Stadium opened in 2002, trailing only a 13-0 start in 2006 and a 9-0 start in 2009. Overall, Nebraska has won 10 consecutive home games dating back to last season. Nebraska’s current 10-game home winning streak is also its longest since winning 11 straight home games during the 2007 season.
Following this weekend’s series, Nebraska concludes its homestand on Wednesday against Creighton.