Kimberlee Souza’s home run in the bottom of the eighth inning capped off a late rally by the Washington Huskies as they defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-3, in the first game of the Women’s College World Series, in Oklahoma City. Souza’s game winner came against Emily Lockman, who came on in relief of Tatum Edwards and took the loss.
The Huskers held a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but Washington tied the game on a triple from Victoria Hayward. She scored on a bunt attempt by Hooch Fagaly. Washington grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a two run homer from Kaitlin Inglesby, who also pitched five innings and held the Huskers to one run.
The Huskies finished with just three hits, but they were all big. Tatum Edwards struggled with control in the circle, issuing seven walks in her four innings of work.
Nebraska struck in the top of the first when Gabbi Banda and Taylor Edwards were each hit by pitches and moved up on a wild pitch from Inglesby. Banda scored on Brooke Thomason’s sac fly. Taylor singled to lead off the fourth and tied the game when she scored on an error. The Huskers grabbed the lead, 3-2, when Tatum scored on a wild pitch.
Nebraska will face Florida on Saturday noon.