NU Softball Rallies Past South Dakota

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

 
Wichita, Kan. – The Nebraska softball team scored eight runs in its final three at bats to defeat South Dakota, 8-3, in the first of two games Saturday at the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth, when Nebraska scored the game’s first run. The Huskers then answered South Dakota run-scoring innings with four runs in the bottom of the fifth and three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The late offense powered Nebraska to its seventh win of the season, as the Huskers improved to 7-9. The win was the 850th victory at Nebraska for Husker Head Coach Rhonda Revelle, who was coaching in her 1,300th game for the Big Red.

Junior right-hander Emily Lockman (4-5) earned the win, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings. Sophomore right-hander Cassie McClure earned her second save, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of one-hit relief.

Both teams missed scoring chances in the first inning, with South Dakota (4-7-1) leaving the bases loaded and Nebraska squandering a leadoff double from junior Kiki Stokes.

Neither team mounted much offense until a two-out Husker rally in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Kylee Muir began the rally with a two-out walk, before classmate Steph Pasquale ripped an RBI double off the wall in center to give Nebraska a 1-0 lead.

South Dakota tied the game in the top of the fifth on a two-out solo home run from Yvon Minogue.

The Huskers then capitalized on a critical Wichita State error to plate four runs in the bottom of the fifth and take a 5-1 lead. The first two batters were retired before Stokes was hit by a two-out pitch. Junior Alicia Armstrong then lifted a high fly ball to left field. USD left fielder Morgan Hancock fought the sun and was unable to make the catch, as the ball deflected off her glove, allowing Stokes to score. Sophomore MJ Knighten then singled before a two-run double from McClure and an RBI double from Pasquale.

Trailing 5-1, South Dakota began the top of the sixth with a double and a single. That marked the end of the game for Lockman, as McClure came on in relief. McClure quickly retired the first two batters before a two-run double from Shelby Keil trimmed Nebraska’s lead to 5-3.

Nebraska answered back in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Kat Woolman worked a leadoff walk before junior Dawna Tyson laced a single to right. Tyson’s single was hit so hard it was misplayed by the right fielder, allowing Woolman to score and give Nebraska a 6-3 lead. Freshman Kaylan Jablonski followed with a pinch-hit single to put runners at the corners with no outs. The next two Huskers were then retired before Knighten blooped a two-run single to right field that put Nebraska on top 8-3.

Knighten and McClure each produced two RBIs for Nebraska, while Knighten and Pasquale each had two hits.

Nebraska wraps up Saturday play at the Shocker Invitational with a second game against host Wichita State.

Box Score

 2015 Nebraska Softball
 South Dakota vs Nebraska
 Mar 07, 2015 at Wichita, Kan. (Wilkins Stadium)

South Dakota 3 (4-7-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Yvon Minogue 1b.......... 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 1 1
Katie Dinning cf......... 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0
Matley Jones 3b.......... 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Allie Daly c............. 3 1 2 0 0 0 5 0 0
Sydney Hancock 2b........ 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
Kayla Fields dp.......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3
Shelby Keil ss........... 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0
 Emily Winckler pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan Hancock rf........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Katie Cochran lf......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Madison Frain p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Rachel Cue p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 28 3 6 3 1 4 18 3 5

Nebraska 8 (7-9)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Stokes, Kiki cf.......... 3 1 1 0 0 2 4 0 0
Armstrong, Alicia ss..... 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Knighten, MJ 3b.......... 4 1 2 2 0 1 1 2 0
McClure, Cassie dp....... 4 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 2
 Otte, Taylor pr......... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Muir, Kylee rf........... 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
Pasquale, Steph c........ 3 0 2 1 0 0 4 0 1
Woolman, Kat lf.......... 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Tyson, Dawna 1b.......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 1
 Metzler, Gina pr........ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barrow, Laura 2b......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
 Jablonski, Kaylan ph.... 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lockman, Emily p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals................... 28 8 9 6 2 5 21 7 5

Score by Innings R H E
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South Dakota........ 000 012 0 - 3 6 2
Nebraska............ 000 143 X - 8 9 1
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E - M Hancock; Cochran; Barrow(2). LOB - Coyotes 5; Huskers 5. 2B - Jones;
Keil; Stokes(3); McClure(2); Muir(2); Pasquale(3). HR - Minogue. HBP -
Stokes. SB - Stokes(5); Otte(2).

South Dakota IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Madison Frain....... 4.2 6 5 1 1 3 21 23 82
Kayla Fields........ 0.1 1 2 2 1 0 2 3 13
Rachel Cue.......... 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 5 5 23

Nebraska IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Lockman, Emily...... 5.0 5 3 3 1 3 21 22 68
McClure, Cassie..... 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 7 7 32

Win - Lockman (4-5). Loss - Frain (1-4). Save - None.
HBP - by Frain (Stokes). Pitches/strikes: Frain 82/49; Fields 13/6; Cue 23/14;
Lockman 68/41; McClure 32/25.
Umpires -
Start: 11:57 am Time: 2:11 Attendance:
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