Husker softball sweeps Michigan in double header

Nebraska softball kicked off Big Ten play by sweeping No. 19 Michigan in a double header in Ann Arbor on Friday. 
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Nebraska Athletics/KLKN) – Nebraska softball kicked off Big Ten play by sweeping No. 19 Michigan in a double header in Ann Arbor on Friday.

 

GAME ONE:

The Nebraska softball team claimed its conference opener with a 3-2 victory over the Michigan Wolverines (18-8, 0-1 Big Ten). The Huskers moved to 20-9 and 1-0 in the Big Ten with the first victory for NU in Ann Arbor. Freshman Ava Bredwell led the Huskers on offense with a two-run homer in the third inning, putting the Big Red on the board first. In the circle, Olivia Ferrell (11-4) recorded the win after tossing 5.1 innings, holding the Wolverines to four hits while striking out five. Courtney Wallace earned her second save of the season, pitching 1.2 innings and holding Michigan to one hit.Alex Storako (13-2) took the loss for Michigan, which fell to 18-8 on the season. She allowed three runs (two earned) in 7.0 innings. The Huskers grabbed the lead in the top of the third inning. With one out, Abbie Squier hit a single up the middle. Ava Bredwell followed with a two-run homer over the left field fence to go ahead 2-0. The Wolverines tried to respond in the bottom of the third. A two out single and a stolen base, but a runner in scoring position, but Ferrell was able to strike out the batter and strand the runner. Nebraska added another in the top of the fourth. A string of singles from Sydney GrayMya Felder and Courtney Wallace loaded the bases. With two outs, Abbie Squier was walked, bringing in a run, making it a 3-0 game. Michigan added a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning. A lead off walk and a ground out put a runner in scoring position. Melina Livingston hit a single, scoring the runner to cut NU’s lead to 3-1. The Wolverines added another in the bottom of the sixth. Michigan led off with a single followed by a hit by pitch. A fielder’s choice recorded the first out, advancing a runner to third. A fielding error by Billie Andrews scored a runner. Courtney Wallace came in to pitch and was able to record the final two outs to finish the inning. The Huskers headed into the seventh up, 3-2. After three NU batters were retired in the top of the seventh, Michigan looked to take the lead in its final chance of the game. With one out, Taylor Bump hit a single to the shortstop. Keke Throll grounded into a double play for the Huskers to claim the 3-2 win. The Huskers will face the Wolverines for game two at 5:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be broadcasted live on FS1. It will also be available on the Huskers Radio Network and Huskers.com with the call by Nate Rohr. Game Notes

  • Olivia Ferrell reached 102 strikeouts on the season with five during the first game against Michigan.
  • Ava Bredwell smashed her second career homer in the top of the third inning.
  • This win marked the first time Nebraska has claimed a victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor.
  • The last time Nebraska beat a ranked team was against No. 24 Michigan when the Huskers beat the Gophers 6-4 on April 18, 2021.

 

GAME TWO:

The Nebraska softball team erased a four-point deficit in game two of Friday’s doubleheader with No. 19 Michigan, rallying for a 7-4 victory to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Wolverines. The Huskers trailed 4-0 after the top of the first inning, but Nebraska was able to come within one after adding two runs in the top of the third inning and then took the lead for good with a three-run homer from Sydney Gray in the top of the fifth. The Huskers had eight hits in the game including a multi-hit performance from junior Mya Felder. Felder was 2-for-4 while Billie AndrewsCam Ybarra and Sydney Gray all added home runs. In the circle, senior right-hander Courtney Wallace threw 109 pitchers in earning the win for Nebraska. Wallace (10-4) allowed 6 hits in 7.0 innings, and struck out four batters. Lauren Derkowski (0-3) took the loss for Michigan, allowing two runs in 2.0 innings. Michigan scored four runs in the bottom of the first. With one out, a single and a walk put a runner in scoring position. A string of three singles scored three each. A ground out added another run, making it 4-0 heading into the top of the second. The Huskers responded with one in the top of the second. Mya Felder led off with a single followed by singles from Abbie Squier and Ava BredwellCaitlynn Neal reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Felder to make it 4-1. In the top of the third, back-to-back homers from Billie Andrews and Cam Ybarra put the Huskers within one. NU headed into the bottom of the fourth down, 4-3. Nebraska took the lead in the top of the fifth. Billie Andrews and Cam Ybarra both were walked. Sydney Gray smashed a three-run homer over the right center field fence, making it a 7-4 game. The Big Red was able to hold off the Wolverines, claiming the second game of the day, 7-4. Game Notes

  • Billie Andrews notched her 17th homer of the season in the top of the third.
  • Cam Ybarra hit her fifth home run of the year in the top of the third.
  • Billie Andrews and Ybarra went back-to-back with homers in the top of the third. The last time the Huskers went had back-to-back home runs was against Boston University on March 12, 2022.
  • Sydney Gray smashed her eighth homer with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth.
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