Lincoln, Neb. — The Nebraska softball team (30-18, 8-9 Big Ten) dropped game one of a three-game series to Wisconsin (23-19, 7-8 Big Ten) on Friday night by a score of 6-1.
Nebraska’s lone run came from Taylor Otte, who scored off Austen Urness’ double. Urness made her season debut against Wisconsin. She missed the first part of the season after suffering a knee injury last fall. Otte also had one hit – a double – for Nebraska, while Gina Metzler recorded the Huskers’ third and final hit of the night.
Kaylan Jablonski dropped to 21-12 on the year. She pitched a complete seven-inning game. She gave up six runs on 11 hits. She also tied her career best with nine strikeouts.
Wisconsin’s Haley Hestekin improved to 13-6, pitching 7.0 innings. She gave up one run on three hits and had four strikeouts.
Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the first. A leadoff single put a runner on base. She stole second and advanced to third on a Husker error. A double brought the runner home. With no outs and runners on the corners, things didn’t look for Nebraska, but the Husker defense stepped it up. Nebraska got a pop up out that didn’t advance the runners. Then, on a called double steal, Laura Barrow cut off the throw and threw back to Bri Cassidy, who tagged the runner at the plate. The Huskers got out of the jam with a groundout.
Nebraska tied it up in the bottom of the second. Otte hit a two-out double and Urness followed suit, doubling to score Otte and tie the game 1-1.
The Badgers took a 4-1 lead in the third with a three-run homer. In the bottom of the inning, Metzler hit a leadoff single and Simmons drew a walk. Barrow moved them both over with a sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position. Jablonski drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but a pop up ended the inning.
In the seventh, UW hit a two-run homer to extend its lead to 6-1.
The Huskers and the Badgers will play game two of the series on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.