Series recap- Nebraska softball battles No. 24 Wisconsin

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Game Three- Badgers Bust Huskers, 4-2

Madison, Wis. – The Nebraska softball team (21-30, 9-14 Big Ten) fell to Wisconsin (38-11, 15-8 Big Ten) on Sunday in the regular-season finale by a score of 4-2. Nebraska had plenty of chances to score though, recording six hits, five walks and getting two free bases on a pair of Badger errors, but the Huskers couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities, leaving nine runners on base. 

Lindsey Walljasper went 2-for-3 on the day. Madi Unzicker had a solo home run and Courtney Wallace, Tristen Edwards and Samantha Owen also had one hit each. 

Walljasper dropped to 11-12 on the season. She started and pitched 2.0 innings. She gave up four runs on six hits. She had one walk and three strikeouts. Wallace pitched 4.0 scoreless innings of relief. She had two walks and three strikeouts.

Wisconsin’s Haley Hestekin improved to 17-4 on the season. She pitched 4.0 innings and gave up one run on two hits. She also had three walks and two strikeouts. Kaitlyn Menz earned her third save of the season, pitching 3.0 innings of relief. She gave up one run on four hits. Menz also had two walks and four strikeouts. 

The Badgers took a 3-0 lead in the second after four hits. 

The Huskers got on the board in the third scoring one run. Wallace singled and Simmons drew a walk to put two runners on. Then, Edwards reached on an error that allowed Wallace to score. In the bottom of the inning, a solo homer for Wisconsin put the Badgers up 4-1. 

In the top of the sixth, Nebraska got something brewing with two outs. Madi Unzicker cut the lead to 4-2 after hitting a solo home run. Walljasper singled and Sarah Yocom pinch ran for her. Then Rylie Unzicker reached on an error to put two runners on. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Wallace drew a walk to load the bases, but a pop up left three Huskers stranded. Wisconsin threatened in the bottom of the inning getting two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Nebraska got out of the inning without allowing any runs after a line out to Lexey Kneib at second base. 

The Big Red attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh. Edwards and Owen hit back-to-back singles to put the tying run on base with one out. Anni Raley pinch ran for Owen, but they would stay there as Wisconsin retired the next two batters to seal the victory. 

Nebraska has booked its ticket to the Big Ten Tournament and will play on Thursday. However opponent and game time will not be announced until Sunday night. 

 

Game Two- Badgers Even Series with 5-4 Win Over Huskers

The Nebraska softball team (21-29, 9-13 Big Ten) scored four runs in the first two innings, but the offense went silent through the final five, as Wisconsin (37-11, 14-8 Big Ten) snatched a 5-4  on Saturday. With the win, the Badgers even the series, as Nebraska won game one on Friday night. 

Nebraska out-hit Wisconsin 8-7. Rylie Unzicker led the Huskers going 2-for-3 with one run and a double. Tristen Edwards, Peyton Glatter, Samantha Owen, Madi Unzicker, Courtney Wallace and Bri Cassidy also had one hit. 

Courtney Wallace (4-6) pitched 1.0 inning of relief and gave up two runs on three hits.  Olivia Ferrell started in the circle for Nebraska and pitched 3.2 innings. She gave up three runs on three hits. Ferrell also had three strikeouts and three walks. Regan Mergele pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. She gave up one hit and had one strikeout and two walks. 

Wisconsin’s Haley Hestekin pitched a complete 7.0 innings. She gave up four hits and eight runs. She had no walks and no strikeouts. 

Nebraska took a 1-0 lead in the first. Simmons reached on an error and advanced to second. On a fly ball, Simmons reached third. Then Glatter drew a walk to put runners on the corners and a Madi Unzicker doubled to score one run. In the bottom of the inning, Nebraska got in trouble, loading the bases with no outs after three straight walks. However, the Huskers got out of the inning with minimal damage, allowing just one run on a ground out tot he pitcher. 

Nebraska extended its lead in the second, scoring three runs. Rylie Unzicker and Cassidy both singled. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. A sac fly from Simmons scored Rylie Unzicker and Edwards drew  a walk to put another runner on. Then, Owen doubled to score two more.  

The Badgers cut the lead to 4-3, scoring two runs in the fourth off three hit. 

In the bottom of the fifth, the Huskers got in another jam, but got out of it. Wisconsin drew a leadoff walk and a one-out double put the tying run and the go-ahead run in scoring position. Mergele got a big strikeout for the second out, but another walk loaded the bases. However, the Huskers got a ground out to get out of the inning.

In the sixth, Rylie Unzicker hit a leadoff double, but Nebraska couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity as the Badgers retired the next three batters. In the bottom of the inning, the Badgers grabbed a 5-4 lead, scoring two runs on three hits.

In the seventh, Nebraska attempted a comeback. Edwards hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sac bunt. However, the Badgers retired the next two batters to win the game. 

The rubber game is set for Sunday at 10 a.m., which is different than the originally scheduled start time of noon.

 

Game One- Huskers blast Badgers 5-3

The Nebraska softball team (21-28, 9-12 Big Ten)  trailed 3-2 after five innings, but scored three runs over the final two innings in a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over Wisconsin (36-11, 13-8 Big Ten) on Friday night. 

Nebraska had nine hits on the night. Tristen Edwards led the team at the plate going 3-for-4 with one run, one RBI and a double. Madi Unzicker had a solo home run, while Peyton Glatter, Samantha Owen, Rylie Unzicker, Bree Boruff and Lexey Kneb each had one hit as well. 

Lindsey Walljasper (11-11) started and pitched 5.0 innings. She gave up three runs and six hits. Walljasper also had five strikeouts and just one walk. Courtney Wallace pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief and earned her first-career save. She gave up two walks and had two strikeouts. 

Wisconsin’s Kaitlyn Menz dropped to 17-7, pitching 5.2 innings and giving up four runs on eight hits. She also had six walks and two strikeouts.

The Huskers wasted no time getting on the board, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Edwards and Owen hit back-to-back singles to put a pair of runners on with one out. Then Glatter doubled to score one run and Madi Unzicker grounded out to score another run. In the bottom of the inning, the Badgers scored on one hit. 

In the second, Wisconsin took a 3-2 lead after three hits. 

In the fourth, Nebraska had a great opportunity to score some runs in the top of the fifth. The Huskers put two runners on after Simmons drew a walk and Edwards had a bunt single. A ground out to first moved both runners over and another walk loaded the bases, but the Huskers weren’t able to take advantage of the opportunity as the Badgers got back-to-back outs. 

In the sixth, Rylie Unzicker drew a leadoff walk. Boruff moved her to second on a sac bunt before Kneib hit a double to tie the game up 3-3. Carson Fischer pinch ran for Kneib and moved to third on a ground out. With two outs, Edwards smashed a double to score Fischer and give the Huskers a 4-3 lead. 

Madi Unzicker added an insurance run in the seventh as Madi Unzicker hit a solo home run to extend the lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the inning, the Badgers drew a pair of one-out walks to bring the winning run to the plate. A close play went Nebraska’s way as the Huskers got the force out at third for the second out of the inning. A ground ball ended the game. 

The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and a live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com.