Husker Softball Takes Two from Omaha
The Nebraska softball team (17-8) picked up the first win of a doubleheader against Omaha Wednesday afternoon. The Huskers claimed the 2-1 victory over the Mavericks (13-7).
Caitlynn Neal, Mya Felder and Katelyn Caneda all led the Big Red on offense, each tallying two hits while Ava Bredwell and Brooke Andrews added an RBI. Rachel Weber led the Omaha offense with two of the team's three hits.
Courtney Wallace picked up her 10th win in the circle, pitching the complete game. Wallace held the Mavericks to three hits while striking out four.
Kamryn Meyer (5-5) recorded the loss for Omaha. Meyer pitched 7.0 innings, giving up nine hits and two earned runs.
The Huskers looked to score right away as Neal recorded a one-out double. Neal advanced to third after a ground out, but she was stranded as NU was held scoreless through one.
Neal added her second hit of the day in the third inning with a two-out double to left field, but she was stranded in scoring position.
Omaha reached scoring position in the bottom of the third after two walks put runners on first and second with two outs, but NU worked out of the inning, holding the Mavericks scoreless.
Brooke Andrews got the Big Red on the board with a solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth. The Huskers took the early 1-0 lead.
The Mavericks responded with one in the bottom of the fourth. A single from Rachel Weber put a runner on for Omaha. Marra Cramer hit a triple down the left field line, scoring Weber, and tying the game at 1-1.
The Big Red regained the lead in the fifth with a string of singles. With one out, Neal hit a single up the middle. Felder followed with a single to right field, and Bredwell added a single to left field, driving in Neal. NU went ahead, 2-1.
Nebraska was able to hold Omaha, picking up the 2-1 victory.
The Nebraska softball team (18-8) claimed the run-rule victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Omaha on Wednesday night. The Huskers picked up the win after outscoring the Mavericks (13-8), 11-3, in six innings.
Mya Felder led the Big Red offense, finishing the night 3-for-4 with one home run and four RBI. Billie Andrews added three hits including a solo home run shot while Katelyn Caneda finished the three hits and two runs.
Sarah Harness earned the win in the circle for the Huskers, moving to 7-3 on the season. The junior pitched 3.2 innings, allowing no hits and one run while striking out five. Courtney Wallace added 2.1 innings of work, allowing four hits and two runs.
Sydney Nuismer (6-3) recorded the loss for the Mavericks. Nuismer pitched 5.1 innings, giving up 12 hits and 10 runs.
Billie Andrews put the Huskers ahead early with a leadoff home run in the first inning, putting Nebraska ahead, 1-0.
NU added four more in the third inning. Billie Andrews led the inning off with a single. Neal doubled to right center, putting runners at second and third. Felder smashed a ball to left field, recording a three-run home run as NU took the 4-0 lead.
Omaha had its first runner on base in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Olivia Aden was hit by a pitch. However, a ground out from the next batter stranded Aden, and the Mavericks remained scoreless.
The Huskers added another run in the fourth. Caneda reached first after a leadoff walk. With two outs, Caneda advanced to second after a ground out from Gray. Billie Andrews reached on an Omaha throwing error as Caneda scored, giving NU the 5-0 advantage.
The Mavericks added a run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, a walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases. A fielder's choice brought in a run as the runner at second was out. Another walk loaded the bases, but Wallace entered to record a strikeout to get the Huskers out of the inning. NU went into the fifth inning ahead, 5-1.
Omaha threatened in the fifth. With two outs and a runner at first, Rachel Weber doubled down the left field line, putting runners in scoring position. A walk loaded the bases, but NU worked out of the inning with a fielder's choice.
The Huskers tallied six runs on seven hits in the sixth. Caneda led off with a double. The freshman scored after Squier doubled to right field. Dakota Carter entered as a pinch hitter, recording her first career hit with a single to right field. Billie Andrews hit a single to the pitcher, loading the bases. Neal hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Squier. Felder added a single, scoring another. With one out, Brooke Andrews hit a single up the middle, scoring two. Caneda added her second hit of the inning with a single up the middle, scoring Andrews and giving the Big Red the 11-1 lead.
The Mavericks added three in the bottom of the sixth off of two hits and a walk, but it was not enough as Nebraska claimed the run-rule win, 11-3.
The Huskers return to action Sunday, March 19 against Kansas City in Lawrence, Kan. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. (CT)