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Nebraska Drops Series Finale at No. 21 ASU
Cassie McClure went 2-for-3 and recorded both of Nebraska's two hits.
Photo Courtesy Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
03/12/2017
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Nebraska 
0
6
Arizona St.

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 2 2
Arizona St. 3 2 1 0 0 0 X   6 11 1
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - Ryndak (5-0) 6.0 2 0 0 0 2
L - McLeod (0-3) 5.0 11 6 5 3 0
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI HBP HR
Cassie McClure 3 0 2 0 0 0
Rindy Bryant 1 0 0 0 1 0
Game Notes

Nebraska fell to 0-6 in true road games this season, with all six losses to opponents currently ranked in the top 25 of one of the two major polls...NU lost to Arizona State for the 15th consecutive time and fell to 0-10 all-time vs. the Sun Devils in Tempe...freshman starterSydney McLeod tossed 5.0 innings after entering the game never throwing more than 2.0 innings in a game...MJ Knighten saw her 9-game hitting streak snapped.

Tempe, Ariz. Another fast start spurred Arizona State past the Nebraska softball team on Sunday, as the Sun Devils completed a three-game sweep of the Huskers with a 6-0 victory at Farrington Stadium.

ASU sprinted out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, continuing the theme of the weekend. In the three-game series, the Sun Devils (19-5) scored 27 of their 28 runs in the first two innings. Nebraska rebounded from the poor start and avoided the run-rule but fell to 4-16 on the season with the loss. Fourteen of the Huskers' 16 losses have come to opponents who have spent at least one week ranked in the top 25 this season.

Freshman left-hander Sydney McLeod fought hard in the circle, but was saddled with her third loss to a ranked opponent this season. McLeod (0-3), a Goodyear, Ariz., native, settled in after a rough start. McLeod allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits but did not allow an earned run after the second inning.

Nebraska was retired on just six pitches in the top of the first inning before Arizona State grabbed a 3-0 lead four batters into the bottom of the frame following a three-run homer from Chelsea Gonzales.

The Sun Devils added two more runs in the second inning on a two-run single from Gonzales. Leading 5-0, ASU had a chance for more with the bases loaded and one out before McLeod fought back and escaped further damage following a pair of popups.

ASU struck again in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a Husker error to take a 6-0 lead on a bloop RBI single from Taylor Becerra.

Offensively, Nebraska was never able to get much going against Arizona State's Dale Ryndak. The Huskers failed to get a runner past first base in the game, as Ryndak allowed only two hits and faced just two batters over the minimum in her 6.0 innings. Senior Cassie McClure had both of the Huskers' hits, singling in the second and fourth innings while finishing 2-for-3. McClure also pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Big Red.

After playing its first 20 games of the season on the road, the Huskers return home to host their first home games next weekend, welcoming New Mexico State to Bowlin Stadium for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                         Nebraska at #21 Arizona State
               Mar 12, 2017 at Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)

Nebraska 0 (4-16)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Gina Metzler cf..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Alexis Perry 1b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  6  0   0
MJ Knighten 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Cassie McClure dp........  3  0  2  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Alyvia Simmons pr.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Austen Urness lf.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   1
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  3  2   0
Tristen Edwards rf.......  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Rindy Bryant ss..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   1
Sydney McLeod p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
Totals................... 23  0  2  0   0  2 18  5   3

Arizona State 6 (19-5)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Becerra, Taylor 3b.......  2  2  1  1   2  0  0  2   0
McCarty, Skylar cf.......  4  0  3  0   0  0  2  0   0
Farricker, Randi dp......  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gonzales, Chelsea ss.....  3  1  2  5   1  0  2  2   1
Palacios, Sashel c.......  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   3
 Oetting, Bailey c.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Stankiewicz, Marisa 2b...  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  1   0
Stahm, Margaret 1b.......  2  0  0  0   1  0  7  1   3
 Eisen, Melissa pr.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Leilua, Ulufa rf.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   2
 Steele, Brynley pr......  2  1  1  0   0  1  1  0   1
Wise, Brianna lf.........  2  1  1  0   0  0  3  0   0
 Chilson, Nichole ph.....  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   1
Ryndak, Dale p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Macha, Breanna p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  6 11  6   4  1 21  6  11

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 000 000 0 -  0  2  2
Arizona State....... 321 000 X -  6 11  1
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E - Bryant 2(7); Gonzales, C.(5). DP - Huskers 1; Sun Devils 1. LOB -
Huskers 3; Sun Devils 11. 2B - Stankiewicz(3); Steele, B.(1). HR - Gonzales,
C.(5). HBP - Bryant; Stahm, M..

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Sydney McLeod.......  5.0 11  6  5  3  0 27 31 111
Cassie McClure......  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  4  15

Arizona State          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Ryndak, Dale........  6.0  2  0  0  0  2 20 21  67
Macha, Breanna......  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  3  3  15

Win - Ryndak, D. (5-0).  Loss - McLeod (0-3).  Save - None.
HBP - by McLeod (Stahm, M.); by Ryndak, D. (Bryant). Pitches/strikes: McLeod
111/59; McClure 15/9; Ryndak, D. 67/46; Macha, B. 15/10.
Umpires - HP: Vince Price  1B: John Baca  3B: Mike Bartling
Start: 12:57 pm   Time: 2:01   Attendance:
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