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NU Loses Heartbreaker to Lamar
Freshman Alexis Perry doubled and homered for the Big Red.
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Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
03/05/2017
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Nebraska 
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Lamar

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 0 2 1 1 0 2 3   9 14 2
Lamar 1 0 2 1 4 0 2   10 10 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - Voluntad (1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
L - Jablonski (1-7) 5.1 8 9 8 4 2
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Tristen Edwards 3 2 2 2 0 1
Alexis Perry 4 1 3 4 2 1
Game Notes

Nebraska fell to 0-11 this season when the opponent scores first..freshman Alexis Perry doubled in the second inning, marking her first career extra-base hit...she added a two-run homer in the sixth inning for her first career home run and first two RBIs...Perry finished with three hits - two doubles and a homore - and four RBIs...Gina Metzler singled in the second inning to extend her career-long hitting streak to nine games...Metzler finished with two hits, her third consecutive multli-hit game...Alyvia Simmons tripled in the fourth inning, marking her first career triple and the first triple by a Husker in 2017...freshman Tristen Edwards posted her second career multi-hit game...Caitlin Bartsch threw a scoreless sixth inning to increase her streak to 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to 2017.

Fayetteville, Ark. The Nebraska softball team rallied from a late four-run deficit to take a one-run lead, only to see Lamar score twice with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Huskers, 10-9 on Sunday at Bogle Park.

Nebraska led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before Lamar tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and then scored four times in the fifth inning to take an 8-4 lead. The Huskers scored twice in the sixth inning to trim the lead to two and then plated three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead. The first two Cardinals were then retired quickly in the bottom of the seventh before a wind-aided solo home run tied the game. The two-out rally continued with a walk and a single, before Corina Thornton grounded a 2-2 pitch up the middle for the game-winning RBI single for Lamar (7-13).

With the loss, the Huskers finished 2-3 at the Wooo Pig Classic and fell to 4-13 overall. Junior right-hander Kaylan Jablonski (1-7) took the loss. Jablonski started and re-entered to pitch the seventh, allowing nine runs (eight earned) in 5.1 total innings. Senior Cassie McClure allowed one unearned run in one-third of an inning and junior Caitlin Bartsch pitched a scoreless sixth inning to boost Nebraska's comeback bid.

Offensively, freshmen Alexis Perry and Tristen Edwards were outstanding. Perry, who entered the game with no extra-base hits or RBIs, finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs. Edwards went 2-for-3 and slugged her team-leading third home run of the spring, finishing with a pair of RBIs. Junior Gina Metzler continued to excel out of the leadoff spot, finishing 3-for-5 to mark her third consecutive game with three-or-more hits.

Lamar jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first despite not recording a hit. A leadoff walk and a ground out gave the Cardinals a runner at second base with one out. Brynn Baca then lifted a fly ball to right field that was caught by Edwards. Ashley McDowell, the runner at second base, tagged up on the play and moved to third. Edwards' throw back to the infield popped out of the glove of freshman shortstop Lexey Kneib, allowing McDowell to score on the error.

Nebraska responded with a two-out rally in the top of the second. The first two Huskers were quickly retired before junior Laura Barrow won a long at bat with a single. Edwards then launched a two-run homer to left to put the Huskers on top 2-1. Perry followed the homer with a laced double down the left field line. Metzler then singled to put runners on first and third with two outs, but a strikeout prevented any further runs.

The Huskers extended their lead to 3-1 in the top of the third. Senior MJ Knighten led off with a single before junior Austen Urness doubled to left center to score Knighten.

Lamar came back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. The rally started with one out when Shelby Hughston hit a ground ball back to the circle. Jablonski fielded the ball cleanly but tripped as she went to throw to first base. A double put runners on second and third with one out before Brittany Rodriguez dropped down a squeeze bunt. Knighten charged the ball but her throw home was late and offline. Rodriguez reached on the play and rounded first base, drawing a throw, which allowed a second run to score on the bunt.

Nebraska regained the lead with a two-out rally in the top of the fourth. Metzler got the rally started with a two-out single and sophomore Alyvia Simmons lined the next pitch to the gap in right center for an RBI triple that gave the Huskers a 4-3 advantage.

The Cardinals once again answered back to tie the game, this time using a wind-aided solo home run from Sabie Hankins to knot the score at 4-4.

Lamar then grabbed the lead with a four-run fifth inning, with all four runs scoring with two outs. A two-out RBI single put the Cardinals on top before McClure relieved Jablonski and promptly allowed a two-run double. A Husker error on a ground ball then allowed a run to score from second base.

Trailing 8-4, Nebraska got two runs back in the top of the sixth when Edwards singled and Perry hit a two-run homer.

Bartsch then faced the minimum while working a scoreless bottom of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, Urness led off with a single to bring the tying run to the plate. Edwards was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Perry, who ripped a two-run double down the right field line to give the Huskers a 9-8 lead. Nebraska still had runners on second and third with only one out but was unable to add to its lead.

That proved costly in the bottom of the seventh when Lamar rallied for a pair of two-out runs to walk-off with the win.

Nebraska is on the road again next weekend, when the Huskers travel to Tempe, Ariz., for a three-game series at No. 20 Arizona State.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                               Nebraska vs Lamar
                Mar 05, 2017 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Bogle Park)

Nebraska 9 (4-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Gina Metzler cf..........  5  1  3  0   0  0  3  0   0
Alyvia Simmons lf........  5  0  1  1   0  1  1  0   4
 Caitlin Bartsch p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
MJ Knighten 3b...........  3  1  1  0   1  0  0  2   2
Austen Urness dp.........  4  0  2  1   0  0  1  1   1
 Taylor Otte pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Lexey Kneib ss...........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
Kaylan Jablonski p.......  3  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Cassie McClure p........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  4  2  2  1   0  0  1  4   1
Tristen Edwards rf.......  3  2  2  2   0  0  2  0   0
Alexis Perry 1b..........  4  1  3  4   0  0  9  0   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Totals................... 35  9 14  9   2  1 20  9   8

Lamar 10 (7-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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McDowell, Ashley lf......  3  3  2  0   1  0  1  0   0
Rodriguez, Brittany cf...  3  0  0  1   0  0  6  0   0
Baca, Brynn c............  4  1  1  1   0  1  1  0   0
Meeuwsen, Kelly 2b.......  3  1  0  0   1  0  2  3   1
Henderson, Shelby dp.....  4  2  2  3   0  1  0  0   0
Terrazas, Caitlin 1b.....  2  0  0  0   2  0  6  1   0
 Myers, Maddy pr.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Castillo, Elizabeth pr..  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Hankins, Sable ss........  3  1  2  1   1  0  0  0   0
Thornton, Corina rf......  4  0  1  1   0  0  3  0   2
Hughston, Shelby 3b......  2  1  2  0   0  0  2  2   0
 Holmes, Paige ph........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Napoli, Laura p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Rodriguez, Anissa p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Voluntad, Julia p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 29 10 10  7   5  2 21  7   3

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Nebraska............ 021 102 3 -  9 14  2
Lamar............... 102 140 2 - 10 10  0
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E - Kneib 2(3). DP - Huskers 1. LOB - Huskers 8; Cardinals 3. 2B -
Urness(3); Perry 2(2); McDowell, A.; Henderson, S. 3B - Simmons(1);
McDowell, A.. HR - Edwards(3); Perry(1); Henderson, S; Hankins, S.. HBP -
Edwards. SH - Rodriguez, B. SB - Otte(1). CS - Myers, M..

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Kaylan Jablonski....  5.1  8  9  8  4  2 23 28 110
Cassie McClure......  0.1  1  1  0  1  0  3  4  15
Caitlin Bartsch.....  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  3  3  14

Lamar                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Napoli, Laura.......  2.1  8  5  5  2  1 15 18  77
Rodriguez, Anissa...  4.0  6  4  4  0  0 18 18  55
Voluntad, Julia.....  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  2  2   1

Win - Voluntad, J. (1-0).  Loss - Jablonski (1-7).  Save - None.
HBP - by Napoli, L. (Edwards). Pitches/strikes: Jablonski 110/58; McClure 15/7;
Bartsch 14/9; Napoli, L. 77/41; Rodriguez, A 55/34; Voluntad, J. 1/1.
Umpires - HP: Mike See  1B: Jonathan Dewhirst  3B: Chad Spitler
Start: 9:59 am   Time: 2:17   Attendance:
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