NU Notes: Huskers Fall in Ninth at Omaha
The Nebraska baseball team fell 4-3 at Omaha after surrendering a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday afternoon at Tal Anderson Field in Omaha.
Nebraska scored three runs on three hits and had one error, while the Mavericks scored four runs on six hits and committed two errors.
Koty Frank tossed five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits and struck out four Mavericks. Kyle Perry dropped to 0-2 on the season after allowing one run on three hits in 3.1 innings of relief.
Core Jackson went 2-for-4 at the plate with his first career home run and a career-high three RBI. Brice Matthews hit a double, while Josh Caron scored a team-high two runs.
The Huskers opened the scoring in the second when Jackson ripped a one-out RBI single to center, plating Caron. Caron reached on a one-out walk and stole second before coming around to score.
The Mavericks had the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, but Frank was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout.
Omaha scored three runs on a pair of hits and a Husker error in the third to grab a 3-1 lead. A leadoff double, followed by a Nebraska error on the Mavericks' sacrifice bunt attempt tied the game at one before Mike Boeve drilled a two-run homer to left center.
Caron reached on a two-out error by the Maverick shortstop in the sixth, followed by Jackson's two-run shot to right center to tie the game at three.
Caron began the top of the ninth with a walk, while Tyler Palmer replaced Caron in a pinch-running appearance. With two outs, Palmer stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw from the catcher, but the Huskers couldn't get Palmer home to score the go-ahead run.
Omaha's Jack Lombardi hit a one-out double to left center, followed by Harrison Denk's RBI single to right center to clinch the 4-3 win for the Mavericks.
The Big Red and Omaha take the diamond again tomorrow in Nebraska's home opener. First pitch between the Huskers and Mavericks is set for 1:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park. Anyone wishing to attend tomorrow's home opener, including season ticket holders, need to purchase tickets at huskers.com/tickets beginning on Monday at 8 a.m.
Huskers Finish Weekend with 9-0 Shutout
Box Score Olivia Ferrell tossed a shutout and Nebraska slugged two home runs as the Husker softball team picked up its fourth win of the weekend with a 9-0 victory over Long Beach State Sunday afternoon at the LBSU Softball Complex.
Ferrell (9-3) was brilliant in the circle while tossing her third career shutout. She fanned 10 batters, matching her career-high.
With the Huskers fourth win of the weekend, Nebraska moved to 15-7 while Long Beach State fell to 9-14.
Multiple Huskers made an impact on offense. Billie Andrews led the Big Red with 5 RBIs including a home run and a triple while Mya Felder notched a deep homer over the left field fence. Cam Ybarra added a triple of her own, her second of the day after hitting one in the first game against UCF, and Sydney Gray added a double.
Nebraska took the 1-0 lead in the third inning. Brooke Andrews and Ava Bredwell each hit singles to put runners on first and second. Billie Andrews hit a single to center field, scoring Brooke Andrews. Cam Ybarra reached first on an error to load the bases. NU ended the inning with bases loaded but were able to take the 1-0 lead.
The Beach recorded their first hit in the bottom of the third inning with a single to right field. Long Beach State was not able to take advantage of it however as the Huskers recorded a ground out and Ferrell's sixth strikeout of the game to get out of the inning.
NU extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth. A lead off walk put Ava Bredwell on first. Cam Ybarra smashed a triple down the right field line, scoring Bredwell. Sydney Gray followed it with a double, scoring Ybarra. Courtney Wallace added the third hit on the inning with a single to center, scoring Gray to make it a 4-0 game.
Billie Andrews added another homer in the top of the sixth inning with a deep ball over the right field fence for her 14th on the season. The Huskers extended their lead 5-0.
Mya Felder added to the home run total with a smashed ball over the left field fence to add another run for the Huskers making it 6-0. A single from Wallace, a hit by pitch from Kinney and a walk for Bredwell loaded the bases for Billie Andrews to hit a triple deep to center field, making it a 9-0 game.
The Huskers will travel to Lawrence, Kan., next weekend for the Rock Chalk Challenge. NU will take on Tulsa on Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. followed by a game against South Dakota at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 19, the Big Red will see Tulsa for a second time at 12:30 p.m. and then will face tournament host Kansas at 3 p.m. Nebraska will finish the weekend on Sunday, March 20 at 10 a.m. against South Dakota. All game times are listed in central time zone and will be broadcasted live on Huskers Radio Network and Huskers.com with the call from Nate Rohr.
- Olivia Ferrell made her 15th start in the circle this season.
- Ferrell matched her career-high with 10 strikeouts.
- Ferrell recorded her third shutout victory of her career.
- Cam Ybarra smashed her third triple of the year in the top of the fifth inning.
- Brooke Andrews notched her 14th home run of the season with a deep ball over the right field fence in the top of the sixth.
- Andrews' home run moved her total to 14 which ranks ties her for 10th in Nebraska history for home runs in a season. She is tied with Tatum Edwards (2011 and 2014) and Hailey Decker (2014).
- Andrews also recorded her first triple of the year in the top of the third.
- Andrews tallied 5 RBIs, a personal best for the sophomore.
- Andrews' hit marked her 19th game in a row with a hit.
- Mya Felder's home run in the top of the seventh was Felder's second of the season.
- The Huskers total home runs moved to 37 on the season with the two against Long Beach State.
Two Huskers Finish on Podium in Season Finale
The Nebraska women's gymnastics team (6-10, 4-4 Big Ten) fell to No. 12 Oregon State, No. 14 Denver and No. 18 Arkansas in the regular season finale. The Huskers notched a 195.750 Sunday afternoon in Denver, Colo.
Kinsey Davis led the Huskers on beam with a 9.900 to finish in third. Kaitlyn Higgins had the high score for NU on floor with a 9.875.
Arkansas claimed the team title with a 196.975. Oregon State followed in second with a 196.875 and Denver finished with a 196.800.
The Huskers started on floor, earning a team score of 48.650. Emma Spence led the afternoon off with a 9.750. Ayzhia Hall followed with a 9.500 while Katie Kuenemann earned a 9.600. Makayla Curtis notched a 9.650 while Kylie Piringer tallied a 9.775. Kaitlyn Higgins finished the rotation with a 9.875.
Denver started on vault, earning a team score of 49.075. Rylie Mundell led with a 9.950. Mundell claimed a share of the title with Jade Carey of Oregon State.
Arkansas started on uneven bars, earning a team score of uneven bars, finishing with a 49.075. Leah Smith led the Razorbacks with a 9.850.
Oregon State started on balance beam, earning a team score of 49.475. Jade Carey and Madi Dagen led the Beavers with a 9.950. The two OSU gymnasts claimed a share of the event title.
In rotation two, NU competed on vault, and earned a team score of 49.00. Kinsey Davis led Nebraska with a 9.875. Ayzhia Hall followed with a 9.825. Kylie Piringer and Emma Spence each notched a 9.775. Martina Comin earned a 9.750 while Makayla Curtis finished the rotation with a 9.725.
Denver competed on uneven bars, earning a 49.175. Rosie Casali and Jessica Hutchinson led the Pioneers with a 9.875.
Oregon State competed on floor, earning a 49.075. Jade Carey led the Beavers with a 9.950. The 2020 Tokyo Olympian claimed the event title.
Arkansas competed on beam, earning a 49.050. Amanda Elswick led the Razorbacks with a 9.875.
On uneven bars, the Big Red had a total of 48.925 for the team score. Kathryn Thaler started the rotation off with a 9.800. Kinsey Davis and Kynsee Roby both followed with a 9.800. Clara Colombo notched a 9.775 while Emma Spence earned a 9.750. Emma Simpton rounded out the rotation with a 9.725.
Denver competed on the balance beam in rotation three. The Pioneers earned a 49.400. Leading DU was Momoko Iwai and Bella Mabanti, who each notched a 9.875.
Oregon State competed on vault in rotation three. The Beavers earned a 49.300. Jade Carey led OSU with a 9.950. Carey claimed the event title.
Arkansas competed on floor in rotation three. The Razorbacks earned a 49.275. Kennedy Hambrick, Maddie Jones and Leah Smith all notched a 9.875.
The Huskers finished the meet on balance beam, earning a team score of 49.175. Makayla Curtis earned a 9.825 while Emma Spence earned a 9.525. Kaitlyn Higgins and Kynsee Roby each notched a 9.800 while Kathryn Thaler tallied a 9.850. Kinsey Davis led NU with a 9.900.
On floor, Denver earned a team score of 49.150. Jessica Hutchinson led the Pioneers with a 9.900.
On uneven bars, Oregon State earned a 49.025. Jade Carey led the Beavers with a 9.950, claiming the title.
On vault, Arkansas earned a 49.500. Amanda Elswick, Kennedy Hambrick, Savannah Pennese and Sarah Shaffer all notched a 9.925.
For Nebraska, freshman Emma Spence competed in the all-around, earning a 38.800 to finish in seventh.
Jade Carey of Oregon State claimed the all-around title with 39.800.
The Huskers will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 19. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m. CT and will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network.