NU Softball Goes Winless at Unconquered Invitational Saturday

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Nebraska Softball went winless Saturday in games with Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky. They now have four losses on the weekend and five on the season. Here are the media releases for each game courtesy of Nebraska Athletics:

Tallahassee, Fla. – The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team was unable to muster much offense against Western Kentucky ace Miranda Kramer, the reigning National Player of the Week, as the Huskers dropped a 5-1 decision to the Lady Toppers on Saturday afternoon.

Nebraska struck out a season-high 10 times and was held to a season-low one run. Kramer (4-2), coming off a 2-1 loss to No. 6 Florida State on Friday, allowed a season-high seven hits and surrendered a run for just the third time in six starts this season.

Both teams managed seven hits apiece in the game, but the Lady Toppers made more of their chances to improve to 5-3 on the year. Nebraska dropped to 4-5 with its fourth straight loss. Freshman right-hander Kaylan Jablonski (0-1) suffered the first loss of her career, allowing two runs on two hits in 2.0 innings. Junior right-hander Emily Lockman pitched the final 5.0 innings and allowed only one earned run.

For the fourth time in five games, Nebraska found itself trailing at the end of the first inning. Two of the first three Lady Toppers to bat in the bottom of the first inning walked before Brooke Holloway delivered a two-out, two-run double to give Western Kentucky a 2-0 lead.

Western Kentucky added two more runs in the bottom of the third. The Lady Toppers used a pair of walks and two Husker errors to plate two unearned runs and double their lead to 4-0.

The Huskers got their first runner to third base in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore MJ Knighten reached on a one-out bunt single before freshman Madi Unzicker followed with a double, her first career hit. Senior Kylee Muir then delivered an RBI single to right field to cut the lead to 4-1, but the Huskers left runners stranded at second and third.

Western Kentucky got the run back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a two-out infield single when sophomore shortstop Alicia Armstrong lost a pop up in the sun.

In the top of the seventh, junior Mattie Fowler singled and classmate Kiki Stokes was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with only one out, but the Huskers were unable to rally.

Offensively, Knighten produced two of Nebraska’s seven hits and scored the Huskers’ lone run, while Muir drove in Nebraska’s only run. Unzicker had Nebraska’s lone extra-base hit with her double.

The Huskers hope to avoid a winless stay in Tallahassee when the Huskers wrap up play at the Unconquered Invitational on Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. (Central) matchup with No. 6 Florida State.

Tallahassee, Fla. – The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team had no answer for Georgia Tech for the second straight day, as the Yellow Jackets run-ruled the Huskers, 10-2, in five innings Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.

Nebraska has now lost three consecutive games, as the Huskers dropped to 4-4 on the season. Georgia Tech improved to 2-6 with its second straight victory.

Junior right-hander Emily Lockman (1-3) took the loss, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 2.1 innings. Sophomore Cassie McClure pitched the final 2.2 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. Kyle Kleinschmidt (1-4) earned the win for Georgia Tech. In her second complete game of the year, Kleinschmidt allowed two runs on four hits.

In the bottom of the first, junior Kiki Stokes drew a leadoff walk and classmate Alicia Armstrong and sophomore MJ Knighten followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. But the Huskers could not take advantage of the opportunity, as a pair of strikeouts and a ground out ended the threat.

After Nebraska missed a golden opportunity to score in the first, Georgia Tech mounted a two-out rally in the top of the second. The Yellow Jackets had a runner at first with two outs before stringing together four consecutive hits to take a 3-0 lead.

The Huskers then left the bases loaded again in the bottom of the second inning after Knighten hit a scorching line drive right at the third baseman to end the threat.

The Yellow Jackets then used a two-run homer with one out in the top of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Georgia Tech was not finished, using a two-run triple and a two-out, RBI single to stretch the lead to 8-0.

Georgia Tech scored multiple runs for the third straight inning in the top of the fourth, using a two-run homer to take a 10-0 lead.

Nebraska cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, answering Georgia Tech’s two runs with two of its own. Sophomore Kat Woolman drew a one-out walk before Stokes blasted her third home run of the season to trim the lead to 10-2.

The Huskers, who had a base runner every inning, had a change to extend the game when freshman Kaylan Jablonski drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth. Jablonski advanced to second with two outs, but was stranded there as Nebraska left eight on base in five innings.

Nebraska plays again Saturday against Western Kentucky.