Tristen Edwards hit her first career triple and drove in a run for the Huskers.
Photo by Adam Warner/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Fall Late at Purdue

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
4
6
Purdue

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 2 0 1 0 0 1 0   4 4 0
Purdue 0 1 1 0 0 3 X   6 13 1
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - Johnson (3-10) 7.0 3 2 2 1 4
L - Jablonski (11-15) 2.0 7 4 4 0 1
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B BB
Kaylan Jablonski 3 1 2 0 1 0
Cassie McClure 2 0 1 1 1 1
Game Notes

With the loss, Nebraska will be the No. 5 seed for next week's Big Ten Tournament...the Huskers have finished in the top five every year they have been in the Big Ten dating back to 2012...Kaylan Jablonski made her first career start at first base...she has now started games in the circle, on the infield, in the outfield and as the designated player in her NU career...MJ Knighten extended her streak to 19 consecutive games reaching base safely with a walk to begin the game...Tristen Edwards hit her first career triple in the sixth inning...

West Lafayette, Ind. The Nebraska softball team was unable to hold off a pesky Purdue team on Sunday, as the Boilermakers used a three-run sixth inning to rally for a 6-4 victory over the Huskers.

With the win, Purdue (19-35 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) clinched a series victory over the Huskers. Nebraska fell to 24-27 with the loss and dropped to 13-9 in conference play. With the series loss, Nebraska will be the No. 5 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament, regardless of the result of Monday's game, when Nebraska and Purdue wrap up their three-game series at 11 a.m. (Central).

Purdue Katie Johnson baffled the Husker hitters for the second straight game. After earning a no-decision in the Boilermakers' walk-off win Saturday, Johnson came on in relief in the first inning with Purdue already trailing 1-0 with the bases full of Huskers and only one out. Johnson got out of the jam allowing only one more run and finished with 7.0 innings pitched, allowing two runs on only three hits to improve to 3-10 on the season.

For Nebraska, junior Kaylan Jablonski (11-15) took the loss in relief. Jablonski allowed four runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings. Senior Cassie McClure earned the start and allowed two runs on six hits in 4.0 innings. Jablonski and McClure also paced the NU offense for the second straight game. Jablonski was 2-for-4 with a double, while McClure was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk. Freshman Tristen Edwards also tripled for the Big Red as part of a 1-for-2 day.

Things began well, as Nebraska scored twice in the top of the first inning but missed a chance for more. The Huskers loaded the bases on consecutive walks to senior MJ Knighten and sophomore Alyvia Simmons and a single from Jablonski. Edwards then drew a five-pitch walk to bring Knighten home with the game's first run. The Huskers still had the bases loaded with no outs prompting a Purdue pitching change. Katie Johnson entered the game and coaxed a ground ball to the shortstop, but Kristen Hoppman's throw home was mishandled by the catcher, allowing Simmons to score on the error. Leading 2-0 with the bases still loaded, the Huskers had to settle for just the two runs as a strikeout and a lineout that Purdue turned into a double play ended the inning.

Purdue came back in the bottom of the second. A leadoff double was erased by a double play before a walk, a hit batter and a two-out RBI single cut the Husker lead to 2-1.

Nebraska answered right back in the top of the third. Jablonski doubled with one out and scored two batters later on a two-out RBI double from McClure. 

In the bottom of the third, a pair of singles gave Purdue runners at first and second with one out. An RBI single off the wall from Alexa Binckes cut the Nebraska lead to 3-2 before the Huskers turned an inning-ending double play.

The Boilermakers threatened again in the bottom of the fifth. Jablonski allowed consecutive singles to the first two batters she faced out of the bullpen before quickly retiring the next two batters. But Lexi Valone delivered a two-out, RBI single to tie the game after five innings of play.

In the top of the sixth, Edwards led off with a triple, McClure walked and junior Taylor Otte was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Junior Laura Barrow then scored Edwards with a sacrifice fly to center. After regaining the lead, 4-3, Nebraska had to settle for just the one run, as a strikeout and a pop out left Huskers stranded at first and second.

After threatening to produce a big inning several times, Purdue finally cashed in a scoring opportunity for multiple runs in the bottom of the sixth, plating three runs. A leadoff single, a bunt and an infield single gave the Boilermakers runner at first and second with one out. Maya Hughes then lined a single to right field and the tying run scored from second after the home plate umpire ruled Nebraska missed the tag on the runner even though it appeared sophomore Bri Cassidy had tagged out the runner following a high throw. Hoppman then broke hte 4-4 tie with a clutch two-run single to center.

Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the seventh, as the Huskers were out-hit 13-4 in the loss.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                               Nebraska at Purdue
            May 07, 2017 at West Lafayette, Ind. (Bittinger Stadium)

Nebraska 4 (24-27,13-9 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
MJ Knighten 3b...........  3  1  0  0   1  0  0  1   0
Alyvia Simmons cf........  3  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski 1b......  4  1  2  0   0  0  2  1   0
Tristen Edwards rf.......  2  1  1  1   1  1  1  0   0
Cassie McClure p.........  2  0  1  1   1  0  0  1   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Taylor Otte lf...........  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   1
Laura Barrow 2b..........  2  0  0  1   0  0  8  2   2
Bri Cassidy c............  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
 Austen Urness ph........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Gina Metzler dp..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Lotte Sjulin 1b.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   2
Rachel Arthur ss.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Totals................... 24  4  4  3   4  4 18  6   5

Purdue 6 (19-35,8-14 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Maya Hughes cf...........  4  3  3  1   0  0  5  0   0
Kristen Hoppman ss.......  4  0  2  2   0  0  3  2   0
Mallory Baker 1b.........  4  0  1  0   0  0  7  0   0
Alexa Binckes c..........  4  0  2  1   0  1  3  0   1
 Morgan Cavinder pr......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Lexi Valone lf...........  3  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   1
Brooke Perry dp..........  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   2
 Madison Douglass pr.....  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Lexi Huffman 3b..........  2  0  1  0   0  1  2  2   0
 Maddie Damon pr.........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Kaylah Hampton rf........  2  0  2  1   0  0  1  0   0
 Stephanie Ramsey pr.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Kaitlynn Moody p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Katie Johnson p.........  3  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   3
Samantha Peltz 2b........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0
Totals................... 28  6 13  6   1  2 21  7   7

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 201 001 0 -  4  4  0
Purdue.............. 011 013 X -  6 13  1
-----------------------------------------

E - Binckes. DP - Huskers 2; Boilermakers 1. LOB - Huskers 5; Boilermakers
7. 2B - Jablonski(13); McClure(2); Binckes. 3B - Edwards(1). HBP - Otte;
Huffman. SH - Hampton. SF - Barrow(2). SB - Knighten(11); Hoppman.

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Cassie McClure......  4.0  6  2  2  1  1 16 18  83
Kaylan Jablonski....  2.0  7  4  4  0  1 12 13  37

Purdue                 IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Kaitlynn Moody......  0.0  1  2  1  3  0  1  4  19
Katie Johnson.......  7.0  3  2  2  1  4 23 26  93

Win - Johnson (3-10).  Loss - Jablonski (11-15).  Save - None.
HBP - by McClure (Huffman); by Johnson (Otte). Pitches/strikes: McClure 83/53;
Jablonski 37/29; Moody 19/5; Johnson 93/59.
Umpires - HP: Bradley Newton  1B: Liz Hammerschmidt  3B: Tanya Garig
Start: 12:03 pm   Time: 2:03   Attendance:
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