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Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program will make its second straight postseason appearance, as the Huskers were selected for the 2019 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Sunday evening.

Nebraska, which enters the postseason with an 18-16 record, is the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 5 seed Butler (16-16), on Wednesday, March 20 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Husker Sports Network.

“We are excited to have our season continue, especially for our seniors who wanted to return to postseason play,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “We had our share of struggles at times, but I think the way we have played over the final two weeks of the season is a testament to our players and the character they have. I believe that our performance at the Big Ten Tournament is a good momentum boost heading into the postseason, and showed a team that wanted to keep playing.

“We have been tested against a schedule that is in the top five nationally in Kenpom, including 25 games against the top two quadrants in the NET, and we are looking forward to the postseason challenge.”

Butler tied for eighth in the Big East with a 7-11 mark and features guard Kamar Baldwin, who was a second-team All-Big East selection this season. Baldwin averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 rebounds per game.

The 2019 NIT is the 26th postseason appearance in school history and 19th time NU has been selected for the NIT. The Huskers are 23-17 all-time in the NIT, including a championship in the 1996 NIT and semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1987.

NIT First-round tickets are on sale now by visiting huskers.com/tickets and by calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday morning. Premium seat holders (courtside, suites and loges) should be able to park in their normal spots for the first-round game. Season-ticket holders will not have their parking for NIT games. Parking for the first-round game will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from Park N’ Go (http://parkandgo.org/) beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday.





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Chicago – University of Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) was one of five players named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team Sunday evening. Palmer led the Huskers to the quarterfinals, averaging 24.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game, as he played all 120 minutes of NU’s three contests. Palmer tied a career high with 34 points in the first-round win over Rutgers, including a school-record 27 points in the second half alone. His 34 points was one off the Big Ten Tournament record, as Nebraska rallied from an eight-point deficit.

 

The senior guard carried the Huskers to a win over No. 21 Maryland with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, five rebounds and three assists before finishing with 15 points and four steals in the loss against No. 19 Wisconsin on Friday. Palmer is the first Husker named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team since Shavon Shields in 2016.

 

2019 Big Ten All-Tournament Team

 Cassius Winston – Michigan State (Most Outstanding Player)
James Palmer Jr. - Nebraska
Ignas Brazdeikis – Michigan
Zavier Simpson – Michigan
Jordan Murphy - Minnesota





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The Nebraska men’s basketball team rallied from a 13-point deficit to lead No. 19 Wisconsin with less than 10 minutes to play, but the Huskers fell just short down the stretch in a 66-62 loss to the Badgers Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Huskers trailed by 13 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half, but closed the half on an 8-0 run to pull within five at the break. The Huskers fought all the way back to grab a 46-45 lead midway through the second half. Wisconsin regained the lead, but Nebraska trailed by just two with less than a minute to play before the Badgers made a clutch 3-pointer and hit 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

Nebraska (18-16) played only six players in the game, with James Palmer Jr., Isaiah Roby and Glynn Watson Jr.playing all 40 minutes. Watson scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Palmer added 15 points and four steals and Roby chipped in 13 points and four blocks. That trio combined for 51 of Nebraska’s 62 points, but all six Huskers who played scored, with Thorir Thorbjarnarson contributing five points, Johnny Truebloodscoring four points and Tanner Borchardt making his only shot to finish with two points.

Wisconsin was led by four players in double figures. Khalil Iverson and Nate Reuevers each scored 14 points, while Brad Davison and Aleem Ford had 11 points each. The Badgers (23-9) advanced to Saturday’s semifinal to face fifth-ranked Michigan State, the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

Wisconsin scored the first eight points of the game and made five of its first six shots to build an early 10-2 advantage. Nebraska scored the next four points before Wisconsin used a pair of big possessions to fuel an 11-2 run and take a 13-point lead at the 12-minute mark. A Roby follow-up dunk was wiped away due to a controversial goal-tending call and the Nebraska bench received a technical foul for arguing the call. Wisconsin made the two technical foul shots and then Ford hit a 3-pointer to cap a five-point possession. The next trip down the court, Ford made another three and was fouled, hitting the free throw to complete a four-point play.

Trailing 21-8, Watson answered with a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run that trimmed the Badger lead to five midway through the period. The Huskers pulled within four before going scoreless for more than four minutes, during which time Wisconsin scored nine straight points to build a 34-21 lead with at the 3:27 mark. Watson then scored the final eight points of the half to pull Nebraska within 34-29 at the break. Watson scored 13 of NU’s final 21 points in the half.

Wisconsin shot 57 percent in the first half, but the Huskers did force nine turnovers against a Badger squad that averages fewer than 10 turnovers per game.

In the second half, Roby scored five straight points to cut the lead to two, but Wisconsin answered with a 3-pointer. Nebraska pulled back within two on a Watson three that made it 43-41 with 14:15 to play. After the Huskers missed four opportunities to tie or take the lead, the Badgers broke a three-minute scoring drought with a putback. But Thorbjarnarson answered with a 3-pointer and Palmer added a layup to put Nebraska on top 46-45 with 10 minutes remaining.

After taking the lead, Nebraska missed its next eight shots and went nearly five minutes without scoring. Wisconsin took advantage with a 7-0 run to take a 52-46 lead at the 7:13 mark. Roby broke the Huskers’ scoring drought with a pair of free throws and Watson scored five points in 33 seconds to pull Nebraska back within two with four minutes to play.

A Palmer steal and Trueblood layup kept Nebraska within two at the three-minute mark. Neither team scored over the next two minutes, as Wisconsin took a timeout leading 57-55 with 58 seconds remaining. D’Mitrik Trice drilled a clutch 3-pointer following the timeout and Wisconsin knocked down 6-of-7 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hang on for the win.

Nebraska Post-Game Notes

  • Today’s game against No. 19 Wisconsin marked Nebraska’s 11th game this season against a ranked opponent, the most games the Huskers have ever played against ranked teams in one season
  • Nebraska’s 2-1 finish at the Big Ten Tournament tied for the best mark every by the No. 13 seed.
  • The Huskers forced Wisconsin into a season-high-tying 17 turnovers.
  • Glynn Watson Jr. became Nebraska’s all-time leader in games played by appearing in his 132nd game today. Watson had been tied with Cookie Belcher, who played in 131 games from 1997 to 2001. Watson also started the 111th game of his career against Wisconsin, tying Dave Hoppen (1983-86) for the third-most starts in program history.
  • Watson scored a game-high 23 points, marking his fifth 20-point effort of the season.
  • James Palmer Jr. scored 15 points. He finished the 2019 Big Ten Tournament with 73 points, posting the seventh-most points in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history.
  • Watson hit five 3-pointers against Wisconsin to move into the top five on Nebraska’s all-time chart with 179 career 3-pointers. He is tied with Erik Strickland (1993-96) for fifth place on that list.
  • Palmer was 2-of-2 at the free throw line against the Badgers. His two free throws gave him 21 made free throws at the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, tying for the eighth-most in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history. Palmer attempted 32 free throws, which ranks as the most in a single Big Ten Tournament, eclipsing the previous record of 29 by Ohio State’s Brent Darby in the 2003 event.
  • Isaiah Roby blocked four shots in the game. He blocked 11 shots in Nebraska’s three games at the Big Ten Tournament, one shy of the most blocks in a single Big Ten Tournament. His three blocks also gave Roby a school-record 17 blocked shots in his conference tournament career, breaking the Nebraska record of Venson Hamilton, who had 15 blocks in his six career conference tournament games from 1996 to 1999.
  • Despite playing three games in less than 48 hours – two of which were against top-25 opponents – Nebraska played only seven players in the entire Big Ten Tournament. Watson and Palmer both played all 120 minutes in Chicago, while Roby logged 116 minutes. Watson, Palmer and Roby each played all 40 minutes Friday against Wisconsin.





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Behind an opportunistic defense and a big second half from James Palmer Jr., a depleted Nebraska men’s basketball team rallied for a 68-61 victory over Rutgers Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago.

Palmer scored 27 second-half points, including five points during a game-changing 15-0 run that turned a five-point Husker deficit with six minutes to play into a 61-51 lead with 1:30 remaining. Palmer finished with 34 points, tying his career high and finishing one point shy of the Big Ten Tournament scoring record.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 17-15 on the season. The Huskers advanced to take on No. 5 seed and 21st-ranked Maryland on Thursday. Tipoff for that game is set for 25 minutes after the first game of the day between Ohio State and Indiana, which is set for an 11:30 a.m. (Central) start. The Nebraska-Maryland game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.

While Palmer’s career night stole the headlines, it was Nebraska’s defense that keyed the victory. The Huskers forced 22 Rutgers turnovers, a season high for the Scarlet Knights and the third-most turnovers by any team in Big Ten Tournament history. NU recorded 12 steals – its second-highest total of the year – and scored 24 points off Rutgers turnovers.

Nebraska's defense keyed big runs in both halves. NU trailed for nearly all of the first half before holding Rutgers to just one field goal over the final six minutes of the half, allowing the Huskers to go on a 12-2 run to take a lead into the locker room. The Scarlet Knights then led for much of the second half, but Nebraska held Rutgers scoreless for nearly six minutes, during which time the Huskers mounted their game-changing 15-0 run.

Palmer produced his third 30-point game of the season – and fourth of his career – by getting to the free throw line. He was 14-of-22 from the charity stripe, tying his career high in makes and setting a new career high in attempts. Palmer also set a Big Ten Tournament record with his 22 free throw attempts, while his 14 made free throws ranked second.

Besides Palmer, Glynn Watson Jr. had 11 points and five assists, while Isaiah Roby bounced back from a slow start, scoring eight of his 10 points in the second half while grabbing six rebounds and blocking four shots. Johnny Trueblood came up big off the bench for the second straight game, scoring three points and adding four steals, while the Huskers were plus-20 on the scoreboard during Trueblood’s career-high-tying 26 minutes.

Eugene Omoruyi led Rutgers (14-17) with 16 points, while Myles Johns had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Nebraska relied on its defense to overcome a slow start. The Huskers missed seven of their first eight shots and trailed 8-2 five minutes into the game. Rutgers then made seven of its next 10 shots to build a 21-14 lead with 6:03 remaining in the half. But Nebraska held the Scarlet Knights to just one field goal the rest of the period, closing the half on a 12-4 run. The Huskers got baskets from four different players during a 9-0 run to grab their first lead at 23-21. Rutgers reclaimed the lead on a pair of free throws, but Palmer hit a layup with three seconds left in the half to send Nebraska into the locker room with a 26-25 advantage.

The Huskers shot just 34.5 percent in the first half, while Rutgers was 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the field. But Nebraska forced 11 first-half turnovers – leading to 11 points – and the Huskers’ perimeter defense did not allow a 3-pointer.

The start of the second half mirrored the start of the game. Rutgers hit four of its first six shots, scoring on its first four possessions and using a 9-1 run to grab a 34-27 lead. The Huskers missed their first four shots and didn’t make their first basket until five minutes into the period, when a Palmer layup trimmed the lead to 34-31.

The teams traded points over the next five minutes, with Nebraska getting as close as one and never trailing by more than five. Palmer kept the Huskers within striking distance, scoring 16 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, accounting for all but two Husker points.

Nebraska twice pulled within one and was down by just a single point at the eight-minute mark before Rutgers took a five-point lead with four straight points. The Huskers then turned up the defensive intensity, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless for nearly six minutes during a 15-0 run, with 13 of the points scored by either Palmer or Roby.

Roby scored the first five points of the run and hit a pair of free throws to give Nebraska a 52-51 lead four minutes to play, a lead the Huskers would not relinquish. Palmer then knocked down a 3-pointer, Roby added another basket and Palmer picked up a steal and a dunk. The Huskers retained possession following a flagrant foul and Watson made two free throws to cap the run and give Nebraska a 61-51 lead with 1:30 remaining.

Rutgers’ Geo Baker snapped the 15-0 run and ended the Scarlet Knights’ 5:43 scoreless drought to cut the lead to eight with 1:10 left. But Rutgers was never able to get closer than seven the rest of the way. Nebraska made 4-of-6 free throws in the final minute to prevent any chance at a Rutgers comeback.




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The Nebraska men's basketball team built a double-digit lead late in the first half, and the Huskers never trailed again in a 69-61 upset of No. 21 Maryland Thursday afternoon in a second-round Big Ten Tournament matchup at the United Center.

Nebraska (18-15) led for more than 33 minutes and trailed for just 2:19, advancing to Friday's quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 seed and 19th-ranked Wisconsin. Tipoff for Friday's game is set for approximately 2 p.m. (Central), or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan State-Ohio State quarterfinal, which begins at 11:30 a.m. (Central).

The Huskers held Maryland to 36 percent shooting and just 18 field goals, marking the Terrapins' fourth-worst shooting percentage of the season and second-fewest field goals. Nebraska also limited a talented Maryland frontcourt to just 22 points in the paint, and the Huskers recorded eight steals. Offensively, Nebraska got 58 points from its big three of James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaiah Roby. Palmer hit 8-of-13 shots en route to a game-high 24 points, while Watson scored 19 points and Roby added 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. But the victory was a true team effort, as the Huskers got two points and a game-high nine rebounds from Tanner Borchardt, a career-high five points and four rebounds from Johnny Trueblood and four points, four rebounds and a career-high five steals from Thorir Thorbjarnarson.

Anthony Cowan led Maryland (22-10) with 18 points, while Darryl Morsell chipped in 14 points and Eric Ayala scored 12 points. Nebraska held first-team All-Big Ten pick Bruno Fernando to a season-low three points in 35 minutes.

Nebraska overcame a slow shooting start to put together a strong first half on both ends on its way to a 32-20 halftime lead. After missing its first six shots of the game, the Huskers went 11-of-18 the rest of the half, including hitting seven of their final nine shots. Defensively, Nebraska limited Maryland to 29 percent shooting in the first half and allowed just two field goals over the final nine minutes.

The Huskers went more than four minutes without a basket to open the game, but led 7-5 at the 14-minute mark after Watson scored five straight points. The lead then changed hands four times over the next two minutes before a 5-0 run put Nebraska ahead by four and Maryland responded with four straight points to tie the game at 14. After Maryland pulled even, Nebraska used a 13-2 run over the next six mix minutes to build a double-digit lead. The run began with six straight points and after a Maryland basket, the Huskers rattled off seven consecutive points. Nebraska pushed the lead to as many as 13, before a Watson jumper with 14 seconds left sent the Huskers into the locker room with a 12-point advantage.

Nebraska stretched the lead to 14 when Roby hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half. But the Huskers missed their next 10 shots while going more than five minutes without scoring, and Maryland took advantage with nine straight points to pull within five at 35-30. That would be as close as the Terrapins would get the rest of the game, as Nebraska made 12 of its final 19 shots from that point. Nebraska immediately answered Maryland's 9-0 run with nine straight points of its own over the next two minutes to push the lead back to 14 with 11:50 remaining.

The Huskers had chances to extend their lead as Maryland had a six-minute stretch without a field goal, but Nebraska could not push the lead above 14. The Terrapins then scored five straight points in 14 seconds to cut the lead to nine, but the Huskers came back with five straight points of their own to build a 51-37 advantage with eight minutes remaining. Nebraska maintained at least a 10-point advantage until Maryland scored five straight points to cut the lead to 58-50 with four minutes to play. The lead was down to six until Trueblood grabbed an offensive rebound to keep a Husker possession alive, and Palmer drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead back to nine with 1:29 remaining. Nebraska had another three-point possession its next trip down the court to stretch the lead to 10 and put the game away. The Huskers hit six of their final eight shots to seal the win.





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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours on Wednesday morning in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media after practice about how he thought his defense has looked during the second week of spring ball. "Today's workout, I thought the offense got up a little bit early and then we made a nice comeback," Chinander said. "The guys kind of huddled themselves together and got the energy up, and we started flying around. We finished practice really, really strong, and I think we're moving in the right direction." He went on to discuss the strides the defense has made and how far the unit has come since last spring.

"Even talking to some of the parents down there today, they noticed it," Chinander said. "It's faster-paced, it's cleaner. The guys know how to practice, they know how to transition from drill to drill, and we almost don't have to tell them. The stamina, maybe, is better. It was hard at first for these kids to get through practice the way we wanted them to and at the tempo we wanted...this year they are easily doing it. I think the strength and conditioning has a huge part in that with Coach [Zach] Duval. I think the tempo of practice is the most impressive thing right now." Chinander also talked about what has stood out to him about the defensive line. "It's a deep group right now," he said. "With the Davis brothers [Carlos and Khalil] and [Ben] Stille coming back, and now the two Daniels brothers [Damion and Darrion] and the addition of [Darrion]. There's just a ton of guys, but I really like the violence they're playing with up front, and they're really running to the football right now." Chinander sang the praises of Darrion Daniels, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, and explained what he brings to the defensive line. "I think he's brought some experience, he's brought some leadership," Chinander said. "He's not afraid to speak his mind and he does it in a proper manner. He's not trying to be the guy that comes in here [and says] 'I'm going to run this team right away.' By the way that he works, the way that he drills and the way he runs to the ball in practice, those guys are naturally starting to listen and follow along with him." The Huskers will continue their spring season with a morning practice on Friday. The annual Red-White Spring Game will be played on Saturday, April 13 at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.





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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.

Scouting Tulsa

 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.

Scouting Kansas

 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.

Follow the Huskers

 A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com and the official Huskers App for all of Nebraska’s games this season. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter (@HuskerSoftball).

Wallace Making Moves

Freshman utility player Courntey Wallace has proved to be a valuable weapon for Nebraska at multiple positions. The Omaha, Neb., native has made 14 starts and has played in all but one game for Nebraska.
Wallace has made starts at four different positions this season, including pitcher (three starts), third base (five starts), designated player (five starts) and most recenlty, left field (one start). Wallace is one of two players to make starts at more than two positions this season and the only one to make starts at four positions.
Opponent Ties
The Huskers will see a familair face this weekend, as former Husker infielder Alexis Perry now plays for Tulsa. Perry made 57 starts and appeared in 66 games for Nebraska over two seasons. The Oklahoma native has started every game this season for Tulsa. Kansas pitcher/utility player Brynn Minor spent two seasons at Butler County Community College with current Husker pitcher Regan Mergele. The duo dominated the junior college ranks, helping Butler win back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Mergele was named the NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Year, while Minor was the NJCAA National Player of the Year.




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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.

 





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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.





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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.





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