Husker softball set for home opener on Friday

The Nebraska softball team will play at Bowlin Stadium for the first time in nearly two years this weekend when the Huskers welcome the Penn State Nittany Lions to Lincoln for a four-game series.
Tristen Edwards

LINCOLN, Neb. (Husker Athletics) — The Nebraska softball team will play at Bowlin Stadium for the first time in nearly two years this weekend when the Huskers welcome the Penn State Nittany Lions to Lincoln for a four-game series. The teams will play a single game Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday at Noon and the series finale on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Per the revised Big Ten Conference attendance policy announced on Wednesday, fans will be allowed attend this weekend’s games with a limited number of tickets available each day. Social distancing protocols will be in effect and all fans must wear a face covering.

Big Ten Network+ subscribers can watch all four games live this weekend. A free radio broadcast will also be available on Huskers.com, courtesy of the Husker Sports Network and the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Nebraska brings a 6-6 record into its home opener. The Huskers split doubleheaders with Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State in Florida as part of a Big Ten-only event the final week in February. Nebraska then lost a three-game series against No. 23 Michigan (1-2) in its second trip to Florida before winning a three-game series against Purdue (2-1).

Beginning with this weekend, Nebraska will play each of the remaining eight Big Ten teams in four-game series on campus sites over the next eight weekends.

Quick Hitters

  • Friday will mark Nebraska’s first home game in 698 days. The last time the Huskers played at Bowlin Stadium was against Maryland on April 28, 2019.
  • This weekend will mark Nebraska’s first four-game conference series since the Huskers played a quartet of four-game conference series in the final year of Big Eight softball in 1995.
  • Nebraska has allowed two runs or less in 7 of its 12 games. Last year, NU allowed two runs or less in only 6 of its 23 games.
  • Nebraska started four freshmen in its last game against Purdue on March 14, and those four freshmen combined to go 9-for-12, producing nine of NU’s 11 hits
  • The Huskers have totaled  34 hits and 11 extra-base hits in their past four games. In the season’s first eight games, NU totaled only 30 hits and nine extra-base hits.
  • Nebraska ranks fifth nationally in double players per game this season (0.75).
  • The Huskers’ .976 fielding percentage is currently on pace to break the school record of .973 set in 2006.
  • Tristen Edwards leads the Big Ten with three home runs this season. Her three home runs are more than the team total of nine other Big Ten schools.
  • Kaylin Kinney leads the Big Ten and ranks 15th nationally with two saves.
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