Softball Comes One Run Short Against OSU

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Cathedral City, Calif. – In a wild, error-filled game, the Nebraska softball team could not complete a remarkable comeback attempt, falling to Oregon State, 11-10, on Sunday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Nebraska rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to grab a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth. But Oregon State stormed back, hitting three home runs over the next three innings to take a 10-4 lead into the top of the seventh inning.

Trailing by six in its final at bat, Nebraska stormed back to tie the game. But the comeback effort ultimately fell short, as Oregon State earned a walk-off win when the Huskers committed a run-scoring error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Huskers committed a season-high four errors in the loss, leading to a season-high seven unearned runs. Offensively, Nebraska pounded out 13 hits, but NU stranded a season-high 11 runners, including the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

The missed opportunities offensively started early, as Nebraska loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning but was unable to plate a run.

Oregon State then loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first. Nebraska turned a double play before Sammi Noland blooped a two-run single down the right field line to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.

The Huskers pulled even in the top of the third. Junior Alicia Armstrong walked to begin the inning before sophomore MJ Knighten laced a ground ball down the left field line for an RBI double. Knighten wound up on third after an error, and she scored on an RBI single from sophomore Cassie McClure to tie the game at 2-2.

After Oregon State squandered a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the bottom of the third, the Huskers used a two-out rally to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth. The first two batters were retired before junior Kiki Stokes walked. Armstrong then doubled to left, before Knighten lined the next pitch to right for a two-run double.

Trailing 4-2, the Beavers immediately got a run back when CJ Chirichingo led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to left. OSU then grabbed a 5-4 lead on an RBI single and an error before a two-run homer capped a five-run inning and put Oregon State in front 7-4.

In the top of the seventh, sophomore Kat Woolman doubled, freshman Laura Barrow walked and Fowler singled to load the bases with no outs. Junior pinch hitter Dawna Tyson then ripped a two-run, ground-rule double to center to cut the lead to 10-6. Freshman pinch hitter Kaylan Jablonski pulled Nebraska to within 10-7 when she scored freshman pinch runner Taylor Otte with a sacrifice fly.

Trailing by three, the Huskers had a runner at second with only one out. Following a ground out, Armstrong lined a two-out RBI single to center to bring the tying run to the plate. Knighten then collected her fourth hit with a single to right to put the tying runners on base and the go-ahead run at the plate. McClure then ripped a two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 10-10.

In the bottom of the seventh, Oregon State got a leadoff single and had runners at first and third with one out. A ground ball to third was fielded cleanly by Knighten, but her throw to second was wild allowing the winning run to score.

Despite the error, Knighten had a big day, finishing 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. McClure also drove in three, as the Huskers tallied double-digit runs for the sixth time this season.

With the loss, Nebraska fell to 6-8 on the season. Junior right-hander Emily Lockman earned the start and re-entered for the seventh inning. In a losing effort, Lockman (3-4) allowed six runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings. Sophomore Cassie McClure threw 3.0 innings of relief, surrendering five runs (two earned).

Oregon State improved to 11-5 with the win.

Nebraska concludes its stay in Cathedral City with a second game Sunday against No. 12 UCLA.