After 18-game win streak, Huskers fall to Badgers, 3-2
The Nebraska softball team fell to Wisconsin in game one of a doubleheader. (Photo courtesy: Jordan Senstock/Nebraska Communications)
MADISON, Wis. (Nebraska Athletics) – The Nebraska softball team (33-10, 13-1 Big Ten) fell to Wisconsin (24-11, 9-4 Big Ten) in game one of a doubleheader. Despite out-hitting the Badgers, a timely hit in the bottom of the seventh secured the 3-2 victory for Wisconsin.
Olivia Ferrell (17-5) started in the circle for the Huskers, pitching the complete game. The senior held UW to four hits while striking out one.
In the circle for Wisconsin was Maddie Schwartz who moved to 19-5 on the year. The senior pitched the complete game, giving up five hits and striking out one.
Sydney Gray led the Huskers on offense, going 2-for-3 while Billie Andrews and Mya Felder each added an RBI.
NU was the first to score with one run in the top of the third inning. Caitlynn Neal led off with a walk. With one out, Brooke Andrews reached first on a fielder’s choice while Neal was out at second. A double to right center for Billie Andrews scored Brooke Andrews to take an early 1-0 lead.
UW responded with base runners in the bottom of the third. With one out, two walks and a double loaded the bases. However, the Huskers were able to hold the Badgers scoreless after two pop ups ended the inning.
Wisconsin took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with two runs. A single and a wild pitch put a runner in scoring position at second. A single bunt advanced the runner to third, followed by a fielder’s choice, scoring one. Another fielder’s choice bunt, scored the second run of the inning for the Badgers to take a 2-1 lead.
Nebraska tied it up in the top of the sixth. With one out, Cam Ybarra walked followed by a single to left center from Sydney Gray. Felder singled to right field, scoring Ybarra to tie the game, 2-2.
The Badgers took the win in the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff walk put a runner on first followed by two stolen bases for a runner on third. A walk added another base runner while a walk-off single to left field led Wisconsin to the 3-2 victory.
The Huskers return to action in approximately 30 minutes for game two against the Buckeyes. Fans can listen to the action live on the Huskers Radio Network or Huskers.com with the call from Nate Rohr. The game will also be streamed live on BTN+ (subscription required).