Ybarra powers Huskers to 6-0 victory
The Nebraska softball team extended their win streak to 11 after a 6-0 win over Michigan State Saturday afternoon. (Photo credit: Nebraska Communications)
EAST LANSING, Mich. (Nebraska Athletics) – The Nebraska softball team extended their win streak to 11 after a 6-0 win over Michigan State Saturday afternoon. The Huskers (26-9, 6-0 Big Ten) were led by senior Cam Ybarra who smashed a grand slam in the second inning and added a double in the fifth, finishing 2-for-3 on the day.
In the circle, Olivia Ferrell recorded the four-hit shutout to move to 14-4 on the year. Ferrell pitched the complete game for her fourth shutout of the season.
Ashley Miller (1-7) received the loss while the Spartans dropped to 20-18 (1-7 Big Ten).
The Huskers took a big lead in the top of the second inning with five runs. Singles from Abbie Squier and Ava Bredwell put a runner in scoring position while a single from Caitlynn Neal scored Squier. With two outs, the Spartans intentionally walked Billie Andrews and loaded the bases. Cam Ybarra smashed a grand slam to take a 5-0 lead.
The Spartans tried to respond in the bottom of the third. A walk and an error put a runner in scoring position, but a fielder’s choice and strikeout got NU out of the inning while holding MSU scoreless.
The Big Red added another run in the top of the fifth inning. A double from Cam Ybarra put her in scoring position. Sydney Gray followed it with a triple, scoring Ybarra. Nebraska was able to hold Michigan State scoreless the rest of the game, claiming game one, 6-0.
The Huskers return to action Sunday, April 10 for a doubleheader against the Spartans. Game one will start at 11 a.m. followed by game two at approximately 1:30 p.m. (CT). Both games will be broadcasted live on the Huskers Radio Network and Huskers.com with the call from Matt Coatney. The games can also be streamed live on BTN+ (subscription required).
Cam Ybarra smashed a grand slam in the top of the second inning. This marked her second grand slam of the season and the team’s fifth.
With five grand slams on the season, the Huskers are now tied for third all-time in Nebraska history. They are tied with the 2015 team which recorded five as well.
Ybarra’s home run marked only the second homer Ashley Miller has given up all season. She originally held opponents to one home run in 451 at bats.
Miller had held opponents to only 13 extra-base hits in 122 innings this season. Through seven innings today, NU had two doubles, a triple and a home run against the sophomore.
The Huskers extended their win streak to 11 games. The last time Nebraska held an 11-game win streak was in 2014.