The Nebraska softball team (3-1) handed Houston (2-1) its first loss of the season as the Huskers claimed the 7-0 victory. 

Courtney Wallace (2-0) earned her second complete game shutout of the season. The senior held the Cougars to four hits and tallied five strikeouts. 

For Houston, Kenna Wilkey (1-1) recorded the loss after pitching 5.1 innings, giving up six hits and four runs. 

Offensively, Billie AndrewsMya FelderCaitlynn Neal and Ava Bredwell all added two hits while Andrews and Bredwell each chipped in two RBIs. 

BIllie Andrews followed up game one with another leadoff home run to give the Huskers an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. 

The Cougars looked to respond in the bottom of the first. A single and an error put runners on first and second, but a double play and a fly out got the Huskers out of the inning. 

The Huskers looked to score in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Caitlynn Neal singled to center, followed by a single to right field from Ava Bredwell. NU was unable to capitalize, and the score remained 1-0. 

The Cougars reached scoring position in the bottom of the fourth after a single and a stolen base, but two strikeouts and a ground out, kept Houston off the board. 

Houston reached scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. A hit and a passed ball put a runner at second, but after a walk a fielder's choice at third got NU out of the inning. 

The Big Red extended its lead in the top of the sixth. Felder led off with a single, advancing to second on an error. Squier was hit by a pitch, and Felder and Squier advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt from Neal. Ava Bredwell hit a single to center field, scoring two. A fly out from Katelyn Caneda advanced Bredwell to third. Billie Andrews had a hard hit ball back to the pitcher, scoring Bredwell. The Huskers went into the bottom of the sixth ahead, 4-0. 

NU added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Sydney Gray singled followed by a double from Felder put runners at second and third. Squier singled, scoring Gray, and advancing to second on the throw. Neal added a single to center field, scoring Felder. A passed ball added the third run of the inning, but a double play and a ground out ended the inning. NU took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh. 

The Cougars loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two singles and a walk, but Wallace responded with two strikeouts and a pop up to secure the 7-0 victory. 

The Huskers return to action Sunday, Feb. 12. NU will face Virginia at 9:30 a.m. (CT). Fans can listen to the action live with the call from Nate Rohr on Huskers Radio Network. It will also be streamed on 

Game Notes 

  • Billie Andrews' leadoff home run moved her into 10th all-time in Nebraska history with 29 career home runs. 
  • Today's game marked Courtney Wallace's sixth career shutout.

Harness Shuts Out Cardinals in Husker Debut

Sarah Harness tossed a one-hit shutout and Nebraska recorded 14 hits in a 7-0 victory over Lamar Saturday afternoon. 

Harness (1-0) was brilliant in the circle while tossing her first career shutout as a Husker. She fanned 11 batters in 6.0 innings. Harness allowed only one hit, which came in the first at-bat for Lamar. 

On offense, Billie and Brooke Andrews led the Big Red, combining for six of Nebraska's 14 hits. Courtney Wallace and Katelyn Caneda each added two hits while Sydney Gray finished with two RBIs. 

Aaliyah Ruiz (0-3) recorded the loss for the Cardinals. Ruiz pitched 2.1 innings, giving up eight hits and five runs. 

Billie Andrews hit her first homer of the season with a leadoff shot in the first inning to give NU an early 1-0 lead. 

The only hit for Lamar came in the first inning as Sam Bean hit a single up the middle. With one out, a walk advanced Bean to second, putting the Cardinals in scoring position, but two strikeouts from Harness got NU out of the inning.  

NU extended its lead to 5-0 with four runs in the second inning. Abbie Squier led off with a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Caitlynn NealAva Bredwell recorded her first double of the season, scoring Squier. Four consecutive singles Brooke AndrewsKatelyn CanedaBillie Andrews and Courtney Wallace, scored one and loaded the bases. Sydney Gray recorded a sacrifice fly, scoring Caneda. A ground out from Mya Felder ended the inning. 

Two walks in the bottom of third inning put Lamar in scoring position for the second time, but a two-out strikeout got the Huskers out of the inning once again. 

After being held scoreless in the third inning, the Big Red added two more in the fourth. Billie Andrews led off with a single. With one out, Gray doubled to right field, scoring Andrews. Felder singled to second base, advancing Gray to third. Squier added a sacrifice fly out, scoring Gray, and putting the Huskers ahead 7-0. 

Lamar looked to score in the sixth inning after two walks with one out put the Cardinals at first and second. However, the Huskers stranded the runners after a ground out and a fly out. 

NU was able to hold Lamar the last inning, winning 7-0. 

Nebraska returns to action at approximately 3 p.m. (CT) to face Houston. Fans can listen to the live radio call by Nate Rohr on Huskers Radio Network. The game will also be streamed live on ESPN+ (subscription required). 

Game Notes 

  • With her home run in the first inning, Billie Andrews is now tied for 10th all-time in Nebraska history with 28 career home runs. 
  • Sarah Harness made her first career start as a Husker in the circle.
  • Harness tallied 11 strikeouts. This marks the first time a Husker recorded 10 or more strikeouts since Olivia Ferrell recorded 10 on March 13, 2022 (at Long Beach State).

Rogers Climbs Rankings, Johansson Tabs Title at Tyson Invite

As Nebraska track and field wrapped up the weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Jenna Rogers improved her personal-best high jump clearance to move up in the national rankings and Axelina Johansson collected the women's shot put title. Niko Schultz added a Husker win in the open section of the 800m with a time that ranks fifth in school history.

Rogers cleared 6-1 1/2 (1.87m) to finish second in the women's high jump. That height ties her for third in school history, ties her for fourth in the country and gives her sole possession of the top spot in the Big Ten.

Madi Scholl and Brooklyn Miller both cleared 5-8 1/2 (1.74m) to take seventh and eighth place.

Johansson was crowned women's shot put champion with a distance of 61-2 3/4 (18.66m). She is coming off a school record-breaking performance at last weekend's Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, where she threw for 63-4 (19.30m). Taylor Latimer (52-10 1/4, 16.11m) and Kalynn Meyer (51-3 1/2, 15.63m) chipped in sixth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively.

Schultz ran the fifth-fastest 800m time in school history, winning the open section in 1:48.80. That time is tied for sixth in the Big Ten this season. Lindsey Blehm added a personal-best 800m time of 2:11.73 to place 14th.

Rhianna Phipps and Ashley McElmurry teamed up for top-five finishes in the women's triple jump with distances of 41-10 1/2 (12.76m) and 40-11 1/2 (12.48m). Micaylon Moore placed sixth in the men's triple jump with a personal-best leap of 51.10 (15.80m).

Jonah Wilson threw a distance of 66-9 1/4 (20.35m) in the men's shot put to finish as runner-up, while Maxwell Otterdahl (61-11 1/2, 18.88m) and Kevin Shubert (61-3 1/2, 18.68m) placed sixth and seventh.

In the men's high jump, Tyus Wilson tied his personal-best clearance of 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) to tie for third. Michael Hoffer was the next finisher for the Big Red, clearing 6-11 1/2 (2.12m) to take seventh.

Deavion Deleon covered the track in a personal-best 5:10.08 to finish sixth in the mile. Lorenzo Paissan clocked a 21.62 in the men's 200m to finish 27th.

Nick Ronnfeldt finished sixth in the open section of the men's shot put with a mark of 56-2 1/2 (17.13m).

In the open section of the men's pole vault, Drake Burton and Garrison Hughes pitched in top-ten efforts. Each clearing 16-2 3/4 (4.95m), Burton tied for seventh and Hughes took ninth.

The Husker men finished eighth in the 4x400 relay in 3:08.43.

Nebraska will be back at the Devaney Center Indoor Track on Friday, Feb. 17 for the Nebraska Tune-Up.

NU Conquers South Dakota, 4-0

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska women's tennis team (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) swept South Dakota (1-5, 0-0) 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Dillon Tennis Center.
To kick off doubles action, the team of Lucy Loy and Ana Carmen Zamburek defeated Selena Bird and Anna Medvyedyeva on Court 3, 6-2. On Court 2, Isabel Adrover Gallego and Anfisa Danilchenko bested South Dakota's Bea Havlickova and Sydney Weinberg, 6-2. With NU leading 1-0, the teams decided to conclude doubles play with Raphaëlle Lacasse and Samantha Alicea tied 4-4 against Grace Chadick and Paige Alter on Court 1. 
Alicea opened up doubles play against Weinberg on Court 4, winning the match 6-2, 6-0. On Court 6, Loy bested South Dakota's Bird, 6-2, 6-3. Danilchenko clinched the win for Nebraska when she matched up against Medvyedyeva in the No. 3 position, winning the match 6-4, 6-1.

The teams decided to conclude the match and the three remaining matches on Court 1, Court 2 and Court 5 went unfinished.

Up next, the Huskers stay home to host Washington State on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. CT. 

Singles competition

1. Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) vs. Bea Havlickova (USD) 6-7 (5-7), 1-2, unfinished
2. Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) vs. Grace Chadick (USD) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
3. Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) def. Anna Medvyedyeva (USD) 6-4, 6-1
4. Samantha Alicea (NEB) def. Sydney Weinberg (USD) 6-2, 6-0
5. Raphaelle Lacasse (NEB) vs. Paige Alter (USD) 4-6, 3-3, unfinished
6. Lucy Loy (NEB) def. Selena Bird (USD) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Raphaelle Lacasse/Samantha Alicea (NEB) vs. Grace Chadick/Paige Alter (USD) 4-4, unfinished
2. Isabel A. Gallego/Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) def. Bea Havlickova/Sydney Weinberg (USD) 6-2
3. Lucy Loy/Ana C. Zamburek (NEB) def. Selena Bird/Anna Medvyedyeva (USD) 6-2

Match Notes:
South Dakota 1-5
Nebraska 5-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,6,3)

Huskers Collect Fifth Straight Dual Victory

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska wrestling team (11-3, 7-1) tallied seven bout victories en route to the Huskers' 27-10 victory over Rutgers in front of 1,545 fans at the Devaney Center. 

No. 5 Brock Hardy (141) highlighted the day with a technical fall, and No. 1 Peyton Robb (157) and No. 2 Mikey Labriola (174) claimed a pair of victories to remain undefeated at 22-0. 

Competition started at 197 with No. 10 Silas Allred facing Billy Janzer of Rutgers (10-7, 2-6 Big Ten). Allred scored a pair of takedowns en route to the 6-0 decision. At HWT, Cale Davidson battled No. 21 Boone McDermott, but fell by major decision, 12-3. 

Up next, No. 5 Liam Cronin tallied a 3-1 decision over Rutgers' No. 16 Dean Peterson. Cronin used an escape and a late takedown in Period 3 to claim his third-straight conference victory. Boo Dryden then got the call at 133 against No. 15 Joe Heilmann. Dryden scored an opening takedown, but Heilmann responded to get the 6-3 decision.

With the Huskers trailing 7-6, Hardy flipped the momentum with a major decision over Rutgers' Devon Britton. Hardy scored a takedown in each period and added eight nearfall points to grab the 18-3 win. 

At 149, Dayne Morton struck first with a takedown in period one, answered by an Anthony White escape. A pair of stall warnings against White in the second period added to Morton's lead. In the final period, White tallied an escape, a takedown and the riding time point to defeat Morton in a 5-3 decision.

Top-ranked Robb (157) kept his perfect record intact with an 11-3 major decision over Andrew Clark. In the opening period, Robb recorded a takedown and two nearfall swipes to jump out to the 4-0 lead. A second period reversal increased his advantage to 6-0 entering the final two minutes. A pair of takedowns and the riding time point secured the major for Robb and stretched Nebraska's lead to 15-10. 

Bubba Wilson (165) used a big third period takedown to defeat Al DeSantis in a 6-3 decision. Wilson tabbed an escape and a takedown in the second period, while DeSantis got an escape of his own. Entering the final period, Wilson led 3-2, but a DeSantis escape tied it up. Wilson's crucial takedown and the riding time point earned him the win.

Labriola (174) remained undefeated in a 6-2 decision over Jackson Turley. Labriola scored first with a second period escape and takedown. An escape from Turley in the second period and another to open the third brought the score to 3-2. Labriola tallied another takedown and the riding time point to claim the win. 

To close the dual, Rutgers forfeited the 184 match and No. 15 Lenny Pinto helped secure the 27-10 Nebraska victory. 

Up next, the Huskers will face Arizona State at home on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. (CT). Action will be live on BTN. 

#10 Nebraska 27, #23 Rutgers 10
197: #10 Silas Allred (NEB) dec. Billy Janzer (RUT) 6-0 (NEB 3, RUT 0)
285: #21 Boone McDermott (RUT) major dec. Cale Davidson (NEB) 12-3 (RUT 4, NEB 3)
125: #5 Liam Cronin (NEB) dec. #16 Dean Peterson (RUT) 3-1 (NEB 6, RUT 4)
133: #15 Joe Heilmann (RUT) dec. Boo Dryden (NEB) 6-3 (RUT 7, NEB 6)
141: #5 Brock Hardy (NEB) tech. fall Devon Britton (RUT) 18-3 (NEB 11, RUT 7)
149: Anthony White (RUT) dec. Dayne Morton (NEB) 5-3 (NEB 11, RUT 10)
157: #1 Peyton Robb (NEB) major dec. Andrew Clark (RUT) 11-3 (NEB 15, RUT 10)
165: Bubba Wilson (NEB) dec. Al DeSantis (RUT) 6-3 (NEB 18, RUT 10)
174: #2 Mikey Labriola (NEB) dec. Jackson Turley (RUT) 6-2 (NEB 21, RUT 10)
184: #15 Lenny Pinto (NEB) won by forfeit (RUT) (NEB 27, RUT 10) 

Nebraska Overpowers Knights, 4-1

LincolnNeb.— The Nebraska men's tennis team (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten) picked up a big 4-1 win over UCF (1-5, American Athletic) to close out a three-game home stand on Sunday afternoon at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.

The two teams opened play with three intense doubles matches. The Huskers dropped the first doubles match on Court 1 as UCF's No. 48 ranked duo of Bogdan Pavel and Lleyton Cronje defeated Nic Wiedenhorn and Shunya Maruyama, 6-3. The Huskers evened it up on Court 3, with Roni Hietaranta and Lars Johann besting Luca Hotze and Liam Branger, 6-3.

Then the Big Red cliched the doubles point on Court 2, as William Gleason and Calvin Mueller beat Luca Hotze and Liam Branger, 6-3.

The intensity continued into singles matches as the Huskers quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead with Gleason beating Benchakroun, 6-1, 6-1 on Court 4, and Wiedenhorn beating Hotze, 6-4, 6-1, on Court 6. The Knights cut the Nebraska lead to two on Court 2, as Pavel defeated Maruyama, 6-1, 7-5. 

The remaining three matches all went to third sets, with Johann picking up the fourth point and clinching the Huskers fourth win of the season on Court 3 with a, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win.

The other two matches went unfinished as No. 109 Hietaranta (Court 1) was leading, 6-4, 3-6, 3-2 and Mueller (Court 5) held the 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 advantage. 

Up next, the Huskers will travel to Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, Feb. 17 to take on the Golden Hurricane's.

Tennis Match Results
UCF vs Nebraska
Feb 12, 2023 at Lincoln, Nebraska (Dillon Tennis Center)

Nebraska 4, UCF 1

Singles competition
1. Roni Hietaranta (NEB) vs. Yassine Dlimi (UCF) 6-4, 3-6, 3-2, unfinished
2. Bogdan Pavel (UCF) def. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) 6-1, 7-5
3. Lars Johann (NEB) def. Lleyton Cronje (UCF) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
4. William Gleason (NEB) def. Mehdi Benchakroun (UCF) 6-1, 6-1
5. Calvin Mueller (NEB) vs. Liam Branger (UCF) 4-6, 6-3, 3-0, unfinished
6. Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) def. Luca Hotze (UCF) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #48 Bogdan Pavel/Lleyton Cronje (UCF) def. Nic Wiedenhorn/Shunya Maruyama (NEB) 6-3
2. William Gleason/Calvin Mueller (NEB) def. Yassine Dlimi/Mehdi Benchakroun (UCF) 6-3
3. Roni Hietaranta/Lars Johann (NEB) def. Luca Hotze/Liam Branger (UCF) 6-3

Match Notes:
UCF 1-5
Nebraska 4-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,2,3)