Posted By: Sports
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
Lawrence, Kan. --- The Nebraska softball team (12-7) won its first game of the Jayhawk Invitational Friday morning after it defeated Green Bay 7-0. It marked the Huskers' first of two games this morning, as they are set to play Northern Iowa at 11:30 a.m.
Olivia Ferrell improved to 6-1 on the season, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing just six hits. Regan Mergele also pitched one inning of relief. She gave up no hits and got one strikeout.
Green Bay's Elizabeth Pautz dropped to 0-4 on the year, pitching a complete game and giving up five earned runs and seven walks.
On offense, Tristen Edwards led the team with two hits and one run. Alyvia Simmons also had one hit and two RBIs. Kaylan Jablonski, Laurra Barrow, Gina Metzler and Bri Cassidy also had hits for the Huskers.
The Huskers got right to work in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs off one hit and one Phoenix error. Simmons, Edwards and Jablonski all got on base with a walk, a single and another walk, to load the bases. With one out, Taylor Otte dribbled a ball down the left field line and reached on a fielder's choice that got the lead runner out at home. The catcher attempted to get Otte out at first as well, but a throwing error allowed Edwards and Jablonski to score and Otte advanced all the way to third. Barrow was walked to put runners on the corners. With Metzler at the plate, Barrow attempted to steal second. She got caught in a rundown for the third out, but stalled long enough to allow Otte to score.
The Huskers extended their lead to 4-0 in the third. Jablonski got on base with a one-out single and Unzicker was walked to put runners on first and second. Both runners advanced one base on a groundout to first and Jablonski scored on a wild pitch to give NU one more run.
In the fourth inning, the Big Red scored two more runs. Metzler and Kneib both drew walks to put runners on first and second with one out. Boruff pinch ran for Kneib and Simmons doubled to center field to score both runners.
In the bottom of the fifth, a two-out double from Barrow brought Metzler - the winning run due to the mercy rule - to the plate. Metzler doubled to score Barrow and put the winning run in scoring position, but a fly out to centerfield kept Green Bay's hope alive.
In the sixth, Edwards hit a two-out double to again put the winning run in scoring position, but a foul fly ended the inning.
Nebraska plays UNI at approximately 11:30 a.m. A live radio broadcast is available on Huskers.com, courtesy of the IMG Husker Sports Network.