LINCOLN –The Nebraska softball team (10-9) continues competition on the road this weekend when it travels back to the state of Kansas for the Rock Chalk Challenge, hosted by KU.Nebraska will play Tulsa and Kansas twice for a total of four games. On Saturday, Nebraska plays Tulsa at 11 a.m. followed by a game against Kansas at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nebraska’s schedule is the same.
Last Time Out
Nebraska looks to bounce back this weekend after being swept by Wichita State March 9-10 in Kansas. The Shockers outscored the Huskers, 23-8, over the three-game series and also pitched a no-hitter in game two of the series. Tristen Edwards led Nebraska over the weekend at the plate going 3-for-8 (.375) with one run, one homer and four RBIs.
Tulsa enters the weekend with a 14-8 record. The Hurricane are coming off its best win of the season, after knocking off No. 14 Arkansas on Wednesday in its mid-week game. Tulsa topped the Razorbacks 2-1 in Arkansas. The Hurricane have won four of their last five games dating back to March 2. Tulsa is hitting .264 as a team. Julia Hollingsworth leads the team with a .468 average through 19 starts. She has a team high 29 hits and three triples. She also has 14 runs, which rank second on the team, one double and nine RBIs. Josie Muffley is also hitting above .400, with a .434 average. Muffley has made 20 starts and played in 21 games. She has a team-best 18 runs and also has 23 hits, six doubles, one homer and 12 RBIs. In the circle, Chenise Delce leads the Hurricane with an ERA of 1.84 through nine starts. She has a 5-3 record and has pitched a team-high 53.1 innings. She also has 44 strikeouts. Kassidy Scott (4-1) has an ERA of 2.86 and has pitched 44.0 innings, which ranks second on the team. She’s made five starts and 13 appearances and has a team-high three saves. She also has 28 strikeouts. Samantha Pochop (4-4) has pitched 37.2 innings, which ranks third on the team. However, Pochop has a team-high 46 strikeouts. She also has a two solo shutouts and a team-high four complete games. Pochop has an ERA of 2.97. As a team, Tulsa is fielding .945, averaging 1.6 errors a game. The Hurricane have given up 24 unearned runs this season.
Kansas enters the Rock Chalk Challenge with a 5-17 record. The Jayhawks are getting a full week off after their mid-week game against Omaha on Tuesday was rescheduled for next week due to weather. Most recently, KU hosted the Jayhawk Invitational March 8-10. Kansas went 1-3 over the weekend and had one game canceled. The Jayhawks defeated Maine but lost to Southeastern Missouri twice and UMKC. As a team, Kansas is hitting .251. Shelby Gayre, Madison Kykes and Brynn Minor are all hitting above .300. Gayre leads the way with a .383 average. She also has six runs, three doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs. Sykes leads the starters with a .368 average. She has a team-high 25 hits and 12 RBIs. She also has eight runs, four doubles and two home runs. Minor is hitting .321. She has nine hits, one run and five RBIs. A double threat, Minor also leads the KU pitching staff. She’s carried most of the load this season, pitching 71.0 innings - nearly half of the team’s total (142.2 innings). She’s made 15 appearances, including 10 starts and four complete games. She also has the team’s only shutout. Minor has a record of 2-9 and an ERA of 3.85. She also has 33 strikeouts and has KU’s two saves this season. Lexy Mills has seen the second-most action in the circle for the Jayhawks. However, she leads the team with 41 strikeouts. Mills has a 2-4 record and a 5.67 ERA. She’s pitched 33.1 innings, made 12 appearances and seven starts. She’s also pitched one complete game.
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Wallace Making Moves
The Nebraska Athletic Department on Wednesday announced that the three-game series against New Mexico State has been canceled due to field conditions. The series was originally scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hawks Field. The athletic department will issue refunds to the ticket holder on record for all tickets purchased through the Ticket Office to the New Mexico State games.
Senior left-handed pitcher Nate Fisher earned Big Ten Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades on Monday after his performance against No. 21 Baylor on Saturday. Fisher, making his fourth start of the season, threw a career-high 8.0 no-hit innings against the Bears. He recorded six strikeouts and only one walk to help NU knock off Baylor, 2-0. Fisher was perfect through 5.1 innings before allowing his lone walk of the game. Baylor didn’t record its first hit of the game until two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning after Fisher was taken out. It marked Nebraska’s first combined one-hit game since March 6, 2013 when six pitchers contributed to the one-hit effort against Northern Colorado. During Saturday’s outing, Fisher surpassed 100.0 career innings pitched at Nebraska. He shares this week’s award with Indiana’s Pauly Milto.
Wichita State, Kan. - The Nebraska softball team (10-9) led through six and a half innings, but Wichita State (17-5) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 7-5 victory in game two of Sunday's doubleheader. With the win, the Shockers completed the weekend sweep.
The Huskers out-hit the Shockers 7-5. Tristen Edwards led NU going 2-for-3 with one run, two RBIs and a home run. Lindsey Walljasper also had a home run for Nebraska. Rylie Unzicker, Alyiva Simmons, Samantha Owen and Lexey Kneib also had hits.
Regan Mergele started in the circle for the Huskers, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up three runs - two unearned - on three hits. She also had one strikeout. Lindsey Walljasper dropped to 4-4 on the season. She pitched 2.0 innings of relief and gave up four runs. She also had one strikeout.
Hailey Martinez improved to 2-0 for Wichita State, pitching 2.2 innings. She gave up one run on three hits. Erin McDonald got her third save of the season. She started the game, but left when WSU was behind. She came back in for the seventh inning, pitching a total of 3.0 innings and giving up three runs on four hits. She also had two strikeouts.
For the third straight game, Nebraska scored in the first inning. Simmons hit a one-out triple and Owen singled to score her.
In the second, Kneib hit a two-out triple to put a runner in scoring position, but she was stranded there WSU got a strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, the Shockers tied it up. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases and another walk scored one run.
Nebraska took back the lead in the third, scoring two runs. Simmons drew a leadoff walk and Edwards sent the first pitch of her at bat deep over the center field fence to put the Huskers up 3-1.
In the fourth, Cassidy drew a leadoff walk. Anni Raley pinch ran for her and reached second on a sac bunt by Payton Huscroft. She reached third on a wild pitch and Kneib drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Rylie Unzicker's successful squeeze bunt scored Raley to put the Huskers up 4-1. In the bottom of the inning, WSU scored two unearned runs to cut the lead to 4-3. A leadoff single put a runner on base. She reached second on an error. A walk put another runner on base. A fielder's choice loaded the bases, but an error on the play allowed all the runners to move up a base. The Shockers cut the lead to 4-2. A sacrifice fly scored another run for the Shockers.
Walljasper hit a solo homer in the sixth to extend the lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the inning, WSU loaded the bases with one out after a single and two walks. Walljasper got a big strikeout but a grand slam gave the Shockers a 7-5 lead.
Nebraska couldn't make up the difference in the seventh.
Nebraska concludes non-conference play next weekend when the Huskers travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rock Chalk Challenge on March 16-17. The Huskers will play Tulsa and host-school Kansas, twice for a total of four games.
Waco, Texas – The Nebraska baseball team (6-7) led No. 21 Baylor 3-2 after three innings, but the Bears scored eight unanswered runs en route to a 10-3 win at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers won each of the first two games of the series before falling in Sunday’s finale.
Sophomore left-hander Connor Curry, making his first start since 2017, threw 3.0 innings and allowed two runs before leaving the game. Nebraska saw relief outings from Reece Eddins (1.1 innings), Shay Schanaman (0.2), Paul Tillotson (1.2) and Mike Waldron (1.1).
Mojo Hagge was the lone baserunner in a scoreless top of the first. He drew a two-out walk before a groundout ended the frame. The Bears went down in order in the bottom of the first.
Cam Chick drew a two-out walk in the top of the second, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice to the following hitter. In the bottom of the second, the first two Baylor batters produced outs before the Bears scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Josh Bissonette, Mack Mueller and Andy Thomas notched three hits in a row to put BU on the scoreboard.
In the top of the third, the Huskers responded with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Each of the first six hitters reached, as Jaxon Hallmark laced a leadoff single before four consecutive walks. Luke Roskam notched his 98th career hit with an RBI single. Baylor managed a leadoff double in the bottom of the third, but left the runner stranded in a scoreless inning for the Bears.
Colby Gomes reached on a leadoff walk to start the fourth, but was caught stealing. Spencer Schwellenbach hit a single, but was left on base in a scoreless frame. Baylor tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth off two hits and left one runner on base.
Aaron Palensky hit a one-out single in the fifth before Roskam was hit-by-pitch. The two baserunners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. The next two batters struck out to leave them stranded. Baylor retook the lead at 8-3 with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Each of the first six Bears batters reached base with five hits and one hit-by-pitch.
Nebraska couldn’t plate a run in the top of the sixth. Gomes was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot before back-to-back fielder’s choice plays. Schwellenbach reached second on a wild pitch, but a groundout ended the frame. Baylor tallied two base hits in the bottom of the sixth, but didn’t extend its lead.
All three Husker batters struck out in the top of the seventh. Baylor scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend its lead to 10-3. The Bears managed four hits during the inning.
Chick drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth, but was left stranded in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. Baylor tallied a hit in a scoreless bottom of the eighth before the Huskers went down in order in the top of the ninth.
The Huskers return to action for their first home series of the season when New Mexico State visits Hawks Field for a three-game set beginning on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT). Game 2 is set for Saturday at 2:05 p.m., before Sunday’s finale at 12:05 p.m.
Lincoln - It was a memorable Senior Day for the Nebraska men's basketball team on Sunday, as the Huskers erased a 16-point second-half deficit and scored 16 points in the final 47 seconds of regulation to force overtime in an eventual 93-91 victory over Iowa in front of 15,821 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Seniors James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. combined for 15 points in the final minute of regulation, helping Nebraska erase a nine-point deficit. NU trailed 74-65 with 50 seconds remaining, but Palmer and Watson hit four 3-pointers over the next 38 seconds, with a Watson three bringing Nebraska to within 80-79 with 23 seconds left. After Iowa connected on 1-of-2 free throws, Palmer tied the game with a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining, and Nebraska withstood an Iowa 3-point attempt in the closing seconds.
Already missing starter Thomas Allen Jr., who sat out the game with an injury, Nebraska played the entire overtime period without two more starters – Isaiah Roby and Tanner Borchardt – who both fouled out as the Huskers made their comeback. But even without three starters, the Huskers operated efficiently on the offensive end, going 5-of-6 from the field in overtime. Nebraska grabbed its first lead since midway through the first half when Thorir Thorbjarnarson hit a layup 32 seconds into overtime. Iowa responded by scoring five of the next seven points to take a one-point lead. The Hawkeyes led by two following a Joe Wieskamp 3-pointer with 2:26 to play, but Nebraska would hold Iowa two just two points the rest of the way.
Palmer and Watson scored the next four points to give Nebraska a two-point advantage and after Iowa tied the game, it was freshman Amir Harris, who delivered the game-winner with a layup with 10 seconds remaining. Thorbjarnarson then blocked Ryan Bohannon’s potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
Nebraska ended the regular season with a 16-15 record after posting the largest comeback since rallying from a 19-point deficit against Iowa on Feb. 23, 2013. The Huskers finished with a 6-14 mark in conference play. Nebraska is the No. 13 seed for the Big Ten Tournament and will face 12th-seeded Rutgers on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Central).
Palmer led Nebraska with a game-high 27 points, while Watson added 23 points in the final home game for the senior duo. Isaiah Roby gave Nebraska three players with 20 points for the first time since 2007, as he scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Luka Garza led Iowa with a career-high-tying 25 points and Jordan Bohannon added 20. The Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 21-10 record and a 10-10 mark in Big Ten play.
The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 spring match against Colorado State at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.
Approximately 1,300 tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and older. All tickets must be paid for in cash. There will be a limit of four tickets sold per person, and you must be 16 or older with an ID in order to purchase tickets.
Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m., and the match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs following the match.
The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017 and have also made recent visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.
Nebraska is coming off a 2018 season in which it reached the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. The Huskers were the NCAA Runner-Up after dropping a five-set match to Stanford in Minneapolis. NU returns five starters from that squad, including first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins.
The Nebraska women's basketball team earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, March 6-10.
The Huskers, who won three of their final four regular-season conference games to finish the year with a 9-9 league mark, claimed the No. 6 seed officially after Minnesota defeated Michigan State 81-63 on Sunday afternoon.
Nebraska finished in a four-way tie for sixth in the final league standings, but held the collective tiebreakers over Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern. The Huskers went 3-1 against that group of teams with wins over ranked Minnesota and Michigan State squads while splitting two games with Northwestern.
Maryland (15-3) won the Big Ten regular-season title, while Iowa (14-4) finished second and Rutgers finished third (13-5). Michigan claimed the No. 4 seed at 11-7, while Ohio State took the No. 5 seed at 10-8. The Huskers defeated both Ohio State and Michigan during the regular season, but went 0-5 against the Big Ten's top three teams with two losses apiece to No. 8 Maryland and No. 12 Iowa.
The Huskers earned a first-round bye at the Big Ten Tournament and will open play on Thursday, March 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m central time. Nebraska will play the last of four games on Thursday and will face the winner of Wednesday's 3 p.m. (CT) game between No. 11 seed Purdue and No. 14 seed Illinois. Nebraska swept the season series with Purdue and defeated Illinois in Champaign.
Tournament action begins on Wednesday, March 6 with No. 12 Penn State taking on No. 13 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. (CT), followed by the game between the Boilermakers and Fighting Illini.
Thursday's second round tips with No. 8 Northwestern facing No. 9 Michigan State at 11 a.m. (CT), followed by No. 5 Ohio State facing the winner of the Penn State/Wisconsin. Thursday's evening session begins with No. 7 seed Minnesota battling No. 10 seed Indiana at 5:30 p.m.
All six first- and second-round games will be televised live by BTN. In fact, BTN will carry each of the first 12 games (first round through semifinals). All 12 games will also be available on BTN2Go and the FOX Sports app.
If the Huskers can advance, they would face No. 3 seed Rutgers in Friday's last quarterfinal game, which would tip at approximately 7:45 p.m. (CT) - or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the evening session's first game.
The Big Ten semifinals are set for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, before the championship game tips on Sunday at 5 p.m. (CT). The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and available on the ESPN app.