Posted By: Sports
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
Lawrence, Kan. --- The Nebraska softball team (14-7) was down to its last strike in the bottom of the seventh inning, and found a way to score three runs with two outs, to steal a 3-2 win from Tulsa (14-9) on Saturday in its first of two games today.
Kaylan Jablonski improved to 7-5 on the year, pitching four scoreless innings. She gave up just three hits and one walk. Olivia Ferrell also pitched three innings. She gave up two runs on four hits and also had one strikeout.
Tulsa's Emily Watson dropped to 7-4, pitching 6.2 innings and giving up three runs on five hits.
On offense, Tristen Edwards had two hits for the Huskers, including one home run. Jablonski, Madi Unzicker and Taylor Otte also had one hit for the Huskers. Otte's hit was a walk-off single in the seventh.
Tristen Edwards hit a solo homerun to put the Huskers up first, but the Huskers could only muster one more additional hit before their three-hit inning in the seventh.
Tulsa tied things up in the top of third. A one-out single put a runner on and a ground out to first moved her to second. A walk put runners on first and second and a single scored one run for the Golden Hurricane. A stolen base put runners on the corners. Tulsa attempted a double steal, but the Husker defense was ready for it. Bri Cassidy threw the ball to second, which Laura Barrow moved in to pick off early. Barrow threw the ball back to Cassidy who had a close play at the plate. The runner wasoriginally called out, but after three overturned calls, the ruling was that she was safe due to obstruction. Tulsa took a 2-1 lead.
Nebraska put runners on first and second with two one-out walks in the bottom of the third. A ground out moved them both over, but Tulsa got out of the inning with another groundout to keep its lead.
A similar situation happened in the bottom of the fourth. Two walks put runners on with one out, but the Golden Hurricane defense retired the next two batters and for the second straight inning, Nebraska left two runners on base.
The Golden Hurricane got runners on first and second with one out after a base hit and a fielder's choice. Another fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two outs, but the Husker defense got out of the jam with a groundout to second.
A leadoff single from Madi Unzicker set up a good opportunity for the Huskers and put the tying run on base. Rylie Unzicker pinch ran at first, but back-to-back strikeouts kept her at first. She stole second and Metzler was walked to put the winning run on base. A popup ended the inning and Nebraska was not able to make anything come of the leadoff single.
In the top of the seventh, Tulsa had an opportunity to extend their lead, but the NU defense stood strong. A leadoff single put a runner on. A fielder's choice got the lead runner on, but put another runner on first. A single put runners on first and second. Another fielder's choice got the lead runner out at third and Metzler made a great catch in left field to get the third out.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Huskers started their comeback with a two-out single from Edwards. Jablonski followed suit, finding a gap on the right side to get the winning run on base. Bree Boruff pinch ran for Jablonski. Madi Unzicker was walked to load the bases for the Huskers and put Taylor Otte at the plate. Otte was down 0-2 in the count, but made contact with the next pitch. The ball went toward the right side and stayed in the infield, but Otte used her speed to beat the Tulsa infielder. Meanwhile Edwards had scored the tying run. Boruff had rounded third and took off for home. Tulsa attempted to throw her out at home, but Boruff was too quick to be caught. She was safe at home, ending the game and giving the Huskers the win.
Nebraska will face Kansas later this afternoon at approximately 2:20 p.m.