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McClure Leads Huskers Past IUPUI
Cassie McClure earned the complete-game win in the circle and went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBIs at the plate.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
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Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
03/04/2017
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Nebraska 
6
1
IUPUI

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
IUPUI 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 6 0
Nebraska 1 1 1 0 3 0 X   6 13 1
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - McClure (2-4) 7.0 6 1 1 1 6
L - Tharp (2-7) 4.0 10 5 5 0 0
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B BB
Cassie McClure 3 1 3 2 1 1
Gina Metzler 4 1 3 0 0 0
Game Notes

Nebraska had a season-high 13 hits in the win...Gina Metzler singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, extending her career-long hitting streak to seven games...Metzler finished with a career-high three hits...it was her third multi-hit game of the year...Cassie McClure also had a three-hit game, tying her career high in hits...Bri Cassidy had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second inning, marking her first career hit and RBI...freshman Lexey Kneib had an RBI single in the fifth inning, marking her first career hit and RBI...freshman pinch runner Bree Boruff scored her first career run in the bottom of the third inning.

Fayetteville, Ark. - The Nebraska softball team bounced back from a disappointing Friday with a 6-1 win over IUPUI in the first of two games for the Huskers on Saturday at the Wooo Pig Classic at Bogle Park.

Senior Cassie McClure, who missed both games Friday due to illness, returned to carry the Huskers to the win over IUPUI. In the circle, McClure (2-4) earned her second straight win, allowing only one run and six hits in a complete-game effort. At the plate, the senior tied her career high with three hits, finishing 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBIs.

With the win, Nebraska snapped a two-game losing streak and avenged a loss to the Jaguars (5-12) in Friday's tournament opener. After scoring only one run in two games yesterday - a single tally against IUPUI - the Huskers exploded for six runs on a season-high 13 hits against the Jaguars on Saturday.

Junior Gina Metzler matched McClure with three hits, while classmate Austen Urness had two hits.

Nebraska jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Metzler led off with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from classmate Laura Barrow. Metzler then scored the game's first run on a two-out RBI single from McClure.

More clutch hitting gave the Huskers a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. McClure reached on a one-out infield single and with two outs, freshman pinch runner Bree Boruff stole second. Boruff then scored on a single from junior Austen Urness, Nebraska's third two-out RBI single in as many innings.

The Huskers plated another two-out run in the bottom of the second to stretch the lead to 2-0. Urness led off with a single, and she moved up to second on a ground out from senior Lotte Sjulin. With two outs, sophomore Bri Cassidy delivered an RBI single to right field, marking her first career hit and RBI.

After being held scoreless in the fourth, Nebraska nearly ended the game early with a three-run fifth inning. The frame began with three consecutive singles from senior MJ Knighten, McClure and sophomore Alyvia Simmons. The doubles from McClure and Simmons both drove in runs before freshman Lexey Kneib delivered a one-out RBI single to mark her first career hit and RBI. Leading 6-0, Sjulin followed Kneib's single with a single of her own before Cassidy walked. NU had the bases loaded with one out and needed two runs to end the game early, but a ground out and a strikeout ended the inning.

IUPUI avoided the shutout in the top of the sixth on a solo home run from Maggie Good.

Nebraska aims for a 2-0 day in its second game Saturday against Lamar.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                               IUPUI vs Nebraska
                Mar 04, 2017 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Bogle Park)

IUPUI 1 (5-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Alyssa Matson 2b.........  4  0  1  0   0  0  3  3   2
Delilah Wright cf........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Taylor Chitwood 3b.......  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  3   0
Maggie Good 1b...........  3  1  3  1   0  0  9  0   0
Roni Patterson c.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   3
Maggie Armstrong dp......  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Maddy Griffin rf.........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   1
Delaney Thompson ss......  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  1   0
Ashley Ousley lf.........  2  0  0  0   1  1  4  0   0
Erica Tharp p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Nickole Finch p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 28  1  6  1   1  6 18  9   7

Nebraska 6 (3-12)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Gina Metzler cf..........  4  1  3  0   0  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  3   6
MJ Knighten 3b...........  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  3   0
Cassie McClure p.........  3  1  3  2   1  0  0  2   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alyvia Simmons rf........  4  1  1  1   0  0  1  0   1
Austen Urness lf.........  4  1  2  1   0  0  1  0   1
Lexey Kneib ss...........  3  0  1  1   0  0  0  3   1
 Rachel Arthur pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Lotte Sjulin dp..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  0  1  1   1  0  6  0   0
 Haley Donaldson pr......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alexis Perry 1b..........  0  0  0  0   0  0 12  0   0
Totals................... 30  6 13  6   2  1 21 11   9

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
IUPUI............... 000 001 0 -  1  6  0
Nebraska............ 111 030 X -  6 13  1
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E - Kneib(1). LOB - Jaguars 7; Huskers 9. 2B - Matson; Knighten(2);
McClure(1); Simmons(1). HR - Good. SH - Barrow(1). SB - Boruff(2).

IUPUI                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Erica Tharp.........  4.0 10  5  5  0  0 21 22  57
Nickole Finch.......  2.0  3  1  1  2  1  9 11  37

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Cassie McClure......  7.0  6  1  1  1  6 28 29 105

Win - McClure (2-4).  Loss - Tharp (2-7).  Save - None.
PB - Cassidy(1). Pitches/strikes: Tharp 57/39; Finch 37/20; McClure 105/79.
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