The 14th-seeded Nebraska softball team fought through three weather delays and a tough 13th-ranked Stanford squad to win its first regional championship since 2002 with a 10-5 victory over the Cardinal in the NCAA Lincoln Regional championship game on Sunday at Bowlin Stadium.
With the win, Nebraska (43-13) advanced to the first Super Regional in school history. The Huskers will face No. 3 seed Oregon on the road in the Eugene Super Regional (dates and times TBA).
The game started late following a 32-minute rain delay. Stanford led 3-1 after one inning, before weather delayed the start of the second inning for more than an hour. The Huskers came back to score five runs in a rain-delayed fifth inning and four times in the sixth to pull away from the Cardinal (39-21).
Junior right-hander Tatum Edwards (29-8) went the distance to earn the win for the third straight game, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits.
Gabby Banda was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, and she drew her 40th walk of the season, tying the school record. Brooke Thomason was 2-for-2 in her final game at Bowlin Stadium, with three RBIs. Courtney Breault also drove in three and along with Tatum and Taylor Edwards – who combined for two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored, the first six hitters in the Husker lineup combined to go 7-for-14 with six runs scored and nine RBIs.