Nebraska rallied for four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to clinch the weekend series at Charleston with a 5-4 win over the Cougars at Patriots Point on Saturday night.

Nebraska (6-3) scored five runs on 13 hits and committed a pair of errors, while Charleston (7-2) recorded four runs on six hits.

Riley Silva led the Huskers at the plate with his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Cayden Brumbaugh, Josh Caron and Ben Columbus tallied two hits apiece, while Tyler Stone, Cole Evans, Dylan Carey and Case Sanderson recorded one hit.

Brett Sears posted his third quality start of the season after allowing two runs on two hits in six innings. The Westphalia, Iowa, native struck out a career-high seven hitters for the third time this season and surrendered just one walk. Ty Horn collected his first collegiate win after pitching two innings in relief. Horn allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a pair of walks in his third relief outing of the year. Casey Daiss replaced Horn in the ninth and recorded his second save of the year. Daiss posted a strikeout and allowed just one hit in the shutout inning.

For the first time in five games, the Huskers were held scoreless in the opening frame. Nebraska had a pair of baserunners reach first and second after singles to left by Silva and Stone, but the Big Red couldn’t plate the game’s first run.

A two-out walk on full count, followed by Cole Singsank’s two-run homer over the fence in left gave Charleston a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Sears retired the Cougars in order in the third and fourth innings, while the NU offense had runners on first and third with one out in the fifth after a walk to Columbus and Sanderson’s single. The Huskers couldn’t scratch across a run after Cayden Brumbaugh grounded into a first-pitch 6-4-3 double play.

Silva began the sixth with a double down the left-field line and later came around to score on Evans’ RBI single to right-center, bringing the Huskers within 2-1 after six innings.

Charleston grew its lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs on two hits and an NU error in the seventh. A leadoff single and a four-pitch walk placed runners on first and second, while a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third with no outs. The Cougars scored both runs after Luke Wood’s RBI single scored one and an errant relay throw added another run.

The Huskers scored two runs on three hits in the eighth to make it a one-run game headed into the final inning. Caron reached on a single to left, and Evans drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second. Back-to-back RBI singles from Carey and Columbus plated Caron and Evans to bring the Huskers within 4-3.

The Cougars had their first two hitters reach in the eighth, before a heads-up play by Bryce Hughes at second base put a halt to the Cougars’ momentum. Charleston would’ve had runners on first and second with no outs after a walk on full count, but Hughes applied the tag of the Cougars’ baserunner who slid past second base. Horn retired the next two Cougars via a popout and groundout to send a 4-3 game into the ninth.

The Huskers began the ninth with consecutive singles from Brumbaugh and Silva, before Silva swiped second to place runners on second and third with zero outs. Caron locked the game at four after dropping an RBI single into right-center, while NU grabbed the lead after Stone lifted a 3-1 pitch deep to left for a sacrifice fly to score Silva.

Nebraska wraps up this weekend’s action at Charleston in the series finale tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT. Sunday’s matchup can be seen on FloBaseball, while fans can listen to Dave Gustafson and Ben McLaughlin call the action on the Huskers Radio Network.

NEBRASKA RALLY FALLS SHORT VS. NO. 14 MISSOURI

The Nebraska softball team fought back against No. 14 Missouri Saturday but the Husker comeback fell short in a 10-6 loss at Bowlin Stadium.

Missouri (15-2) was three outs away from a five-inning victory, as the Tigers took a 9-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. Nebraska came back to score five times in the fifth and had the tying runs on base and go-ahead run at the plate. After Missouri added an insurance run in the sixth inning, Nebraska brought the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the seventh but could not score a run.

Cierra Harrison (5-0) earned the victory as the Tigers improved to 15-2. Harrison allowed six earned runs in 4.1 innings after entering the game having allowed only one earned run in her first 30.0 innings this season. Marissa McCann picked up her first save of the year by tossing a scoreless sixth and seventh inning. 

Kaylin Kinney (4-6) took the loss for Nebraska, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) in 5.0 innings. Emmerson Cope threw the final 2.0 innings and did not allow a run.

Cope also led the Huskers at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Billie Andrews also drove in two runs while pushing her hitting streak to 12 games.

Missouri scored on a Husker error to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the Huskers matched the run in the bottom of the frame. Brooke Andrews doubled with one out in the bottom of the first and scored on a two-out RBI single from Cope.

The Tigers then scored six times in the top of the second to take a 7-1 lead. Missouri loaded the bases with one out on an error, a single and a hit batter. The Tigers took a 5-1 lead on back-to-back two-run doubles. A run-scoring Husker error and an RBI ground out pushed the lead to 7-1.

Missouri added single runs in both the third and fourth innings to stretch its lead to 9-1.

Needing to score at least one run to extend the game in the bottom of the fifth, Nebraska exploded for five runs. Ashley Smetter got the rally started with a leadoff single before Kinney walked. Caitlynn Neal then doubled to score Smetter with the first run of the inning. Billie Andrews followed with a two-run double that cut the lead to 9-4. Then with runners on first and third with one out, Cope delivered an RBI single up the middle. Katelyn Caneda capped the inning with a sacrifice fly that made it a 9-6 game. The Huskers had a chance for more with the bases loaded but a strikeout ended the inning.

Missouri got a run back in the top of the sixth. A leadoff double marked the end of the night for Kinney and following a sacrifice bunt, an RBI ground out pushed the Tiger lead to 10-6.

In the bottom of the seventh, the tying run came to the plate with one out after Cope walked and Bella Bacon reached on an error. But the next two Huskers were retired to end the game.

Nebraska wraps up its weekend with another game against Missouri on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

  • The announced attendance on Saturday was 2,628, the highest attendance in Bowlin Stadium history.
  • Nebraska plated a run in the first inning for the fourth straight game.
  • The Huskers’ first-inning run marked just the second earned run allowed by Missouri pitcher Cierra Harrison.
  • In the game, Nebraska scored six earned runs of Harrison in 4.1 innings after Harrison entered the game with one earned run (three total runs) allowed in 30.0 innings.
  • Emmerson Cope had two RBIs, her second consecutive start with multiple RBIs.
  • Billie Andrews went 1-for-4 with a double. She extended her hitting streak to 12 games while producing an extra-base hit for the seventh consecutive game. 

NEBRASKA FALLS TO WICHITA STATE

A pair of seven-run innings powered Wichita State to a 17-4 six-inning victory over the Nebraska softball team in the first of two games for the Huskers Saturday at Bowlin Stadium.

Wichita State scored in three of its six innings while Nebraska scored in four of its six innings. But the Huskers were held to single runs in each of their four run-scoring innings while Wichita State scored three runs in the first, seven in the second and seven more in the sixth.

Sarah Harness (1-1) took the loss, as she started and re-entered the game as a reliever. Over her two stints, Harness allowed 11 runs in 5.0 innings. Emmerson Cope allowed six runs (five earned) in 1.0 inning of relief.

Offensively, Brooke Andrews went 2-for-3 and hit one of Nebraska's four doubles. Billie Andrews went 1-for-3 with a double to extend her hitting streak to 11 games. Ava Bredwell also doubled and had an RBI, while Alina Felix drove in one run.

Alex Aguilar (3-1) earned the win for Wichita State (9-4). Aguilar tossed 5.0 innings and allowed four runs (three earned).

Wichita State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a single followed by three consecutive walks. An RBI single made it 2-0 and with the bases still loaded, the Huskers turned a double play but a run scored to stretch the Shocker lead to 3-0.

Billie Andrews led off the bottom of the first with a double. She scored two batters later on an RBI double from Bredwell that cut the lead to 3-1.

The Shockers came right back and scored seven in the top of the second inning. A pair of three-run homers made it 9-1 lead before a one-out RBI single pushed the lead to 10-1. 

In the bottom of the second, an error and back-to-back singles from Sydney Gray and Brooke Andrews loaded the bases with no outs. Felix scored Gray with an RBI ground out before a walk to Billie Andrews loaded the bases again with one out. But Nebraska had to settle for just one run, as Wichita State led 10-2 after two innings.

The Huskers got another run back in the bottom of the third. Samantha Bland led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out from Bella Bacon and scored on a sacrifice fly from Katelyn Caneda.

Nebraska scored another run in the bottom of the fourth. Brooke Andrews, who robbed a home run with a catch in center field in the top of the inning, led off the bottom of the frame with a double. She moved up to third on a ground out from Felix and scored on a two-out wild pitch to make the score 10-4.

After being shut out for three consecutive innings, Wichita State scored four runs in the top of the sixth. A leadoff double and a pair of one-out walks loaded the bases before an RBI single and an RBI ground out gave the Shockers an 12-4 lead. A two-out, two-run double pushed the lead to 14-4. An RBI double and a two-run homer capped the inning.

Nebraska was then retired in order in the bottom of the sixth.

Nebraska (8-8) plays its second game of the day against No. 14 Missouri.

Post-Game Notes

  • Nebraska walked a season-high eight batters.
  • Billie Andrews had a double in the first inning to extend her hitting streak to 11 games. She has had an extra-base hit in six consecutive games.

HUSKERS EARN FIFTH-STRAIGHT SWEEP

Lincoln, Neb. -  The Nebraska women’s tennis team (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten) earned its fifth-straight sweep with the 7-0 victory over Drake (3-6, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at the Dillon Tennis Center on Saturday. 

Due to Drake only having five athletes competing, the Huskers started with a win on Court Three in doubles play. Isabel Adrover Gallego and Lucy Loy then earned a 6-0 win over Darinka Stepan and Mille Haagensen on Court Two to seal the doubles point. The match on Court One was abandoned with Raphae¨lle Lacasse and Maja Pietrowicz winning 4-1. 

NU then earned a second point due to a forfeit on Court 6 for Loy, and the Huskers took the first set on the remaining five courts. Ana Zamburek got the first singles point for the Huskers with a win in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) over Stepan on Court Four. To clinch the winning point for Nebraska, Lacasse took down Ines Stephani on Court One, 6-4, 6-1. Maria Taranova wrapped up another victory for NU on Court 5, winning 6-0, 6-2. Adrover Gallego then won in straight sets against Mille Haagensen on Court Two, 6-2, 6-1. Rounding out the sweep was Pietrowicz with another win in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 on Court Three. 

"It was a great match for us. I’m super proud and pleased how we came out in doubles with energy and playing our style of play," Head Coach German Dalmagro said. "The same energy was carried out for singles and I was very pleased with how we executed our game across all courts. We stayed consistent and played great tennis down the stretch. Tomorrow we have another opportunity to compete again and I’m excited to see how we come out and compete."

Up next, the Huskers will host Omaha on Sunday, March 3 at 12 p.m. (CT). The match will be streamed on Playsight, and live stats will be posted on huskers.com. Additionally, the Nebraska men’s and women’s tennis teams will host a USTA Nebraska Campus Kids’ Day on Sunday after the conclusion of the women’s match against the Mavericks. The camp is free and open to kids age 12 and under. The sign up can be found on huskers.com. 

Tennis Match Results
Drake vs Nebraska
Mar 02, 2024 at Lincoln, NE (Dillon Tennis Center)
Nebraska 7, Drake 0 

 Singles competition
1. Raphaelle Lacasse (NEB) def. Ines Stephani (DRA) 6-4, 6-1
2. Isa Adrover Gallego (NEB) def. Mille Haagensen (DRA) 6-2, 6-1
3. Maja Pietrowicz (NEB) def. Rebecca Ehn (DRA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ana Zamburek (NEB) def. Darinka Stepan (DRA) 6-0, 6-1
5. Maria Taranova (NEB) def. Nicole Lee (DRA) 6-0, 6-2
6. Lucy Loy (NEB) def. No player (DRA), by forfeit

 Doubles competition
1. Raphaelle Lacasse/Maja Pietrowicz (NEB) def. Ines Stephani/Rebecca Ehn (DRA) 6-0
2. Isa Adrover Gallego/Lucy Loy (NEB) vs. Darinka Stepan/Mille Haagensen (DRA) 4-1 UF
3. Jillian Roa/Maria Taranova (NEB) def. No player/No player (DRA), by forfeit

 Match Notes:
Drake 3-6 Nebraska 8-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,1,5,2,3)
T-2:00 A-79