Husker softball takes down No. 21 Missouri, Wichita State
Nebraska improved to 2-2 on the weekend at the Mizzou Tournament with a Sunday sweep.
Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletic Communications
Nebraska Knocks Off No. 21/23 Mizzou, 10-2
Columbia, Mo. — After dropping the first two games of the weekend, the Nebraska softball team responded in a big way on Sunday morning, knocking off No. 21/23 Missouri in a 10-2 victory. The Huskers picked up the win in a dramatic fashion, finishing the Tigers in just five innings due to the mercy rule. The victory marks NU’s first win of the season over a ranked foe.
Lindsey Walljasper pitched 4.0 innings and improved to 4-3 on the season. Walljasper allowed just two runs on three hits and had six strikeouts. At the plate, Walljasper had two hits with three RBIs and a homer. She also drew two walks to reach base four times – each time she went to bat. Ferrell pitched 1.0 inning of relief and didn’t allow a hit. She recorded one strikeout.
As a team, the Husker offense was explosive throughout the game, recording 12 hits and scoring in all but one inning. NU had seven extra-base hits. Ferrell went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI. The three hits were a career high. She also drew a walk to reach base all four times she appeared. Tristen Edwards and Rylie Unzicker each had two hits and two runs. Edwards had a double and a homer, while Unzicker had two doubles.
Mizzou’s Jordan Weber received her first loss of the season (4-1). She pitched 2.0 innings and gave up three runs on three hits.
Edwards got the Huskers started with a leadoff home run in the first to give NU a 1-0 lead. Ferrell hit a one-out double to get another runner in scoring position. Walljasper drew a walk to put another runner on and a deep fly ball allowed Ferrell to tag and reach third.
The Huskers took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third after taking advantage of a rocky Mizzou defense. Ferrell drew a walk and Bree Boruff pinch ran for her. Walljasper was also walked and Carson Fischer pinch ran for her. Both runners advanced on a passed ball to get in scoring position. Ybarra hit a sac fly that scored Boruff. Owen reached on a fielder’s choice and Fisher reached third on a Tiger error. Another sac fly from Ally Riley plated Fischer. Then Glatter doubled to bring in Owen.
The Tigers cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning after a two-run homer.
Nebraska didn’t let up in the fourth and added two runs. Unzicker doubled and Ferrell singled to put two runners on with one out. Back-to-back singles from Walljasper and Owen scored two.
In the fifth, the Big Red plated four more – all with two outs. Edwards and Unzicker doubled to score one. Ferrell singled to score another and Walljasper hit a two-run homer. In the bottom of the inning, Mizzou loaded the bases with no outs after two walks and a single, but the NU defense held strong. The Huskers got the force out at home and another out after a pop up. Ferrell ended the game with a strikeout.
The Huskers play Wichita State immediately following this game.
– Tristen Edwards went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. The homer marked her 38th career home run. She needs three to move into a tie for fifth place on Nebraska’s career home runs chart. The two extra-base hits move her into a tie for sixth on Nebraska’s career extra-base hits chart with 78.
– Olivia Ferrell finished with a career-best three hits against the Tigers.
– Nebraska picked up its first win of the season against a ranked foe.
Huskers Get Comeback Win Over Shockers
Columbia, Mo. — Nebraska trailed 7-3 after three innings but scored five unanswered runs to pull off the 8-7 come-from-behind victory against Wichita State on Sunday afternoon in its final game of the Mizzou Tournament. With the win, the Huskers finish the day 2-0 after defeating No. 21/23 Mizzou earlier in the day by a score of 10-2.
Olivia Ferrell started and pitched 3.0 innings. She gave up seven runs on six hits. Courtney Wallace (2-2) pitched 4.0 innings of relief and earned the win. She was impressive in the circle, giving up just two hits. Wallace also had one strikeout.
On offense, Nebraska finished with nine hits which included three homers – one from Tristen Edwards, Rylie Unzicker and Ferrell. Peyton Glatter finished the day 2-for-3. Lindsey Walljasper, Samantha Owen, Ally Riley and Cam Ybarra also had one hit.
Wichita State’s Erin McDonald (2-4) pitched 6.0 innings of relief. She gave up five runs – two earned – on five hits and had one strikeout.
The Huskers took an early lead in the first scoring two runs. Edwards was hit by a pitch and Unzicker homered to put NU up 2-0. In the bottom of the inning, WSU responded by scoring three runs off three hits.
Nebraska tied the game at 3-3 in the second. Riley singled and Bree Boruff pinch ran for her. Glatter singled and Brooke Andrews was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then Edwards hit a sac fly to pate Boruff.
The Shockers took a 7-3 lead in the third after scoring four runs off three hits including a home run.
Nebraska bounced back by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth aided by a pair of WSU errors. With two outs, Edwards reached on an error and made it all the way to third on the play. On the next play, Unzicker reached second on another error and Edwards scored. Then Ferrell homered to plate two and cut the lead to 7-6.
The Huskers took the lead in the sixth. Andrews drew a walk and Edwards homered to give the Huskers an 8-7 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Shockers hit a leadoff double and the runner reach third on a sac bunt. With the tying run on third, Ybarra made a great catch to get the second out and keep the runner at third. Wallace closed the inning with a 10-pitch at-bat that ended in a strikeout.
In the seventh, Wallace retired the Shockers in order.
– Rylie Unzicker went 1-for-4 against WSU with two runs, two RBIs and a home run. Unzicker finished the weekend 7-for-15 (.466) with five runs, six RBIs, three doubles and a homer.
– Olivia Ferrell hit her second home run of the season against the Shockers.
– Tristen Edwards went 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs. The homer marked her 39th career home run. She needs two to move into a tie for fifth place on Nebraska’s career home runs chart. The extra-base hit moves her into sixth on Nebraska’s career extra-base hits chart with 79.