Cassie McClure fired a three-hit shutout and walked twice and was hit by a pitch in her three plate appearances, scoring two runs.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska Rolls Past No. 25 Illinois, 14-0

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
14
0
Illinois

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5   R H E
Illinois 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 1
Nebraska 0 6 2 6 X   14 11 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - Cassie McClure (8-7) 5.0 3 0 0 1 3
L - Taylor Edwardrs (14-1) 1.0 1 4 4 3 0
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Tristen Edwards 4 0 3 3 2 0
Kaylan Jablonski 2 2 1 3 0 1
Game Notes

Nebraska posted its first run-rule victory of the season...the 14-0 win marked the Huskers' largest win ever vs. a ranked opponent...NU posted its first shutout of the season...the Huskers improved to 10-6 at home this season, clinching a winning home record...Nebraska scored six runs in the second inning, matching its run total from the first three games of the week combined...the Huskers also had a six-run fourth inning...Tristen Edwards had a career-high two doubles and tied her career high with three hits...Kaylan Jablonski had a season-high three RBIs...MJ Knighten tied her season high with three RBIs...four Huskers totaled multiple hits, four scored multiple runs and three produced multiple RBIs...Cassie McClure tossed a three-hit shutout, her first shutout of the season and the first by a Husker pitcher.

Lincoln, Neb. The Nebraska softball team used a pair of six-run innings and a three-hit shutout from Cassie McClure to race to a 14-0 five-inning victory over No. 25 Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium.

The Huskers posted their most complete performance of the season in salvaging the third game of the series. Nebraska finished with 14 runs - one shy of its season high - while shutting out an opponent for the first time this season.

Behind the dominant all-around effort, the Huskers (20-25) notched their 20th win of the season and posted the largest victory over a ranked opponent in program history. Nebraska remained in fifth place in the Big Ten Conference standings by improving to 10-7 in league play.

Illinois saw its 10-game winning streak snapped and fell to 34-11 overall and 12-3 in Big Ten. Taylor Edwards (14-2) suffered just her second loss of the season, allowing four runs in 1.0-plus inning of work.

For Nebraska, McClure posted her first shutout of the season. The senior right-hander fired a three-hitter and allowed only one runner to advance past first base in the game. She improved to 8-7 with the win.

Offensively, freshman Tristen Edwards finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, tying her career high in hits for the third time in six games. Junior Kaylan Jablonski was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, a homer and a season-high three RBIs. Senior All-American MJ Knighten also added three RBIs and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate while drawing a pair of walks. Junior Taylor Otte added two hits, as did sophomore Alyvia Simmons. McClure also contributed offensively, as she was hit by a pitch and drew two walks while tying her season high with two runs scored.

Illinois stranded a runner at third in the top of the first and the Huskers sent only three batters to the plate in the bottom of the first before exploding for six runs in the bottom of the second. Jablonski and junior Laura Barrow drew consecutive walks to begin the inning before Otte grounded a 3-2 pitch up the middle for an RBI single that plated Jablonski with the game's first run. McClure was then hit by an 0-2 pitch to load the bases again with no outs. Following an Illinois pitching change, freshman Alexis Perry drew a bases-loaded walk to score Barrow and push the lead to 2-0. Sophomore Bri Cassidy then made it 3-0 with perfect execution on a squeeze bunt that scored Otte. Simmons followed with an RBI single that scored senior pinch runner Rachel Arthur before Edwards added an RBI double that made it 5-0. An infield single from Knighten loaded the bases again with one out before Jablonski drew her second walk of the inning, forcing in a run to cap the inning and push the lead to 6-0. 

The Huskers added two more runs in the bottom of the third. McClure drew a leadoff walk before Cassidy and Simmons produced back-to-back one-out singles to load the bases. Edwards drove in McClure with an RBI single before Knighten drew a bases-loaded walk to score senior pinch runner Lotte Sjulin.

Leading 8-0, Nebraska ensured its first run-rule victory with a six-run fourth inning that was made possible by an Illinois error that extended the inning. Otte led off with a single and McClure drew a walk before Simmons reached on a two-out error that scored Otte. Edwards then brought McClure home with an RBI double and Knighten followed with a two-run single that made it 12-0. Jablonski capped the inning with a two-run homer to left center.

McClure then worked around a one-out infield single in the top of the fifth to wrap up the win.

Following a seven-game homestand, Nebraska travels to Creighton on Tuesday for a makeup game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. in the Huskers' final mid-week game of the season.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                              Illinois at Nebraska
                 Apr 23, 2017 at Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)

Illinois 0 (34-11,12-3 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Kiana Sherlund cf........  3  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   1
Alyssa Gunther 1b........  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Annie Fleming 3b.........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  1   0
Nicole Evans lf..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Stephanie Abello c.......  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   0
Ruby Rivera ss...........  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  1   1
Sam Acosta dp............  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Leigh Farina 2b..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  3  1   1
Maddi Doane rf...........  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Taylor Edwards p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Breanna Wonderly p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Akilah Mouzon p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kate Giddens p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 17  0  3  0   1  3 12  5   4

Nebraska 14 (20-25,10-7 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons cf........  4  2  2  1   0  0  1  0   0
Tristen Edwards rf.......  4  1  3  3   0  0  0  0   0
MJ Knighten 3b...........  2  1  2  3   2  0  1  2   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp......  2  2  1  3   2  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  2  1  0  0   1  0  3  1   3
 Rindy Bryant ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Taylor Otte lf...........  3  2  2  1   0  1  0  0   3
Cassie McClure p.........  0  2  0  0   2  0  1  1   0
Alexis Perry 1b..........  1  1  0  1   1  0  4  0   0
 Haley Donaldson ph......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  0  1  1   0  0  3  1   0
 Lotte Sjulin pr.........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Rachel Arthur ss/pr......  0  1  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Totals................... 22 14 11 13   8  1 15  6   6

Score by Innings               R  H  E
--------------------------------------
Illinois............ 000 00 -  0  3  1
Nebraska............ 062 6X - 14 11  0
--------------------------------------

E - L Farina(10). LOB - Illini 4; Huskers 6. 2B - K Sherlund(10); Edwards
2(7). HR - Jablonski(4). HBP - McClure. SH - A Gunther(8); Cassidy(4). CS -
Knighten(4).

Illinois               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Taylor Edwards......  1.0  1  4  4  3  0  3  7  35
Breanna Wonderly....  1.1  6  4  4  4  1  9 14  56
Akilah Mouzon.......  1.1  2  4  0  1  0  7  8  24
Kate Giddens........  0.1  2  2  0  0  0  3  3   7

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Cassie McClure......  5.0  3  0  0  1  3 17 19  82

Win - McClure (8-7).  Loss - T Edwards (14-2).  Save - None.
WP - McClure(2). HBP - by T Edwards (McClure). Pitches/strikes: T Edwards 35/15;
B Wonderly 56/28; A Mouzon 24/13; K Giddens 7/4; McClure 82/50.
Umpires - HP: Rick Boyer  1B: Laura Head  3B: Scott Greger
Start: 12:03 pm   Time: 1:40   Attendance: 641
T Edwards faced 4 batters in the 2nd.
Game: NEB45

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