Lincoln, Neb. — In a back-and-forth battle, the Nebraska softball team won its first of two games against Purdue on Friday by a score of 8-7 in eight innings.
Kaylan Jablonski improved to 20-9 on the season. She pitched 6.0 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. She also had two walk and three strikeouts. Olivia Ferrell pitched 2.0 innings of relief. She gave up three hits and three runs. She also had one walk and one strikeout.
Ferrell also helped the team on offense. She went 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, including the game-winning RBI. Her RBIs were also the first of her career. Tristen Edwards had an impressive day at the plate. She went 4-for-4 with one run, one walk and two RBIs. Laura Barrow also had two hits and three runs. Taylor Otte also had a multi-hit game, getting two hits and scoring one run. She also had an RBI. Alyvia Simmons, Madi Unzicker and Gina Metzler also had one hit for the Huskers.
Nebraska scored one run in the first. Barrow drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then, Edwards singled to score Barrow and give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
Purdue tied it up in the second. The Boilermakers put one runner on after a fielder’s choice. She moved to second on a wild pitch and score on a single.
Nebraska took back the lead in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs – all with two outs. Cassidy drew a walk and Metzler singled to put two runners on. Then, Simmons tripled to centerfield to score two more runs. Barrow drew another walk to put runners on the corners. Edwards singled to score Simmons.
In the third, Purdue hit two singles and a home run to tie things up 4-4.
Purdue took the lead in the fourth with a solo homer to right field.
In the fifth, back-to-back singles from Barrow and Edwards put two runners on with no outs. The Boilermakers retired the next two batters, but Otte came in clutch with a single down the middle to score Barrow and tie the game 5-5. Otte also moved to second on the throw to home. Ferrell then hit a double to score both Edwards and Barrow and give the Huskers a 7-5 lead.
In the sixth, a two-run homer from Purdue tied the game at 7-7.
Nebraska put two runners on with two outs after Barrow drew a walk and Edwards singled, but a flyout ended the inning.
In the seventh, Madi Unzicker hit a leadoff double. Rylie Unzicker pinch ran for her. Otte delivered a perfect bunt. She reached first and allowed Rylie Unzicker to get to third. A groundout moved Otte to second. Rylie Unzicker got out at home in a steal attempt. Otte moved to third on the same play. Cassidy drew a walk to put runners on the corners with two outs. Metzler was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but a groundout pushed the game to extra innings.
In the eighth, Barrow hit a leadoff single. Edwards was intentionally walked to move the winning run to second. Madi Unzicker was also walked to load the bases. Olivia Ferrell was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run.
Lincoln, Neb. — The Nebraska softball team (30-15, 8-5 Big Ten) picked up its 30th win of the season in its second game of the day after beating Purdue (11-31, 3-8 Big Ten) by a score of 10-1 in five innings.
Nebraska scored all 10 of its runs in the first inning. Kaylan Jablonski and Madi Unzicker each had two hits. Jablonski hit a grand slam that scored Nebraska’s first four runs. Alyvia Simmons, Tristen Edwards, Taylor Otte and Lexey Kneib each had one hit for the Huskers as well.
Kaylan Jablonski improved to 21-9, pitching 4.0 innings. She gave up one run on three hits. She also had two walks and four strikeouts. Regan Mergele pitched 1.0 inning of relief. She gave up one hit and had one strikeout.
Purdue’s Sydney Bates dropped to 4-12 on the season. She pitched less than one inning and gave up three runs on three walks.
In the first inning, Nebraska sent 14 batters to the plate. Simmons, Barrow and Edwards each drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Jablonski then hit a grand slam to give the Huskers a 4-0 lead. Three singles from Madi Unzicker, Otte and Kneib loaded the bases again and Olivia Ferrell was hit by a pitch to score another run. Metzler reached on a fielder’s choice, but the lead runner was out at home. Simmons singled to score two more runs. Barrow drew a walk to load the bases again and Edwards double to give Nebraska a 10-0 lead.
Purdue scored one run in the fourth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice got the lead runner out at home, but a single scored one run.
Sunday’s series finale has been canceled due to the weather.
The Huskers return to action on Friday, April 20th when they take on Minnesota on the road beginning at 6:30 p.m.