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Husker Season Ends With 5-0 Loss to Penn State
Kaylan Jablonski allowed only two runs in 5.1 innings of relief and had one of Nebraska's two hits offensively.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
05/11/2017
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Nebraska 
0
5
Penn St.

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Penn St. 2 1 0 0 1 0 1   5 8 0
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 2 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - Laubauch (12-11) 7.0 2 0 0 2 2
L - McClure (11-9) 1.2 4 3 3 1 1
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Tristen Edwards 3 0 1 0 1 0
Kaylan Jablonski 3 0 1 0 0 0
Game Notes

Nebraska finished with a losing record for the first time since 2008 and for just the second time dating back to 1995..MJ Knighten drew a fourth-inning walk to extended her streak to 21 consecutive games reaching base safely, tying for the longest streak of her career...Knighten ended her career ranked third in school history in runs, RBIs and total bases, fifth in average, hits, home runs, extra-base hits and slugging percentage, seventh in walks and 10th in triples...Cassie McClure took the loss and ended her career with a 37-23 record and ranks second all-time at Nebraska with 13 career saves.

Ann Arbor, Mich. The Nebraska softball team saw its season end Thursday afternoon, as the Huskers fell to Penn State, 5-0, in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Nittany Lions won with timely hitting, going 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Half of Penn State's eight hits came with a runner in scoring position - including three with two outs - while the other four hits all came with none out to set the table in all four innings in which the Nittany Lions scored. In contrast, the Huskers were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and twice NU had a runner on third base with fewer than two outs but failed to score.

With the loss, Nebraska ended its season with a 24-29 record. Penn State improved to 23-32 and advance to face No. 4 seed Illinois on Friday. Senior right-hander Cassie McClure (11-9) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Junior right-hander Kaylan Jablonski pitched well in relief, allowing only two runs in 5.1 innings.

Jablonski also produced one of Nebraska's two hits, while freshman Tristen Edwards led off the bottom of the second with a double to account for the Huskers' other hit. Penn State ace Marlain Laubach, who went 0-2 against Nebraska in the regular season, got her revenge in the postseason, as she fired a two-hit shutout, retiring the final 11 Huskers.

Penn State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A leadoff walk, a single and a sacrifice bunt put Nittany Lions on second and third with one out. McClure bounced back with a big strikeout before Delaney Elling brought home the game's first two runs by lining a 3-2 pitch into center field for a two-out single.

The Nittany Lions stretched their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second on a two-out RBI double from Rebecca Ziegler.

Edwards then led off the bottom of the second with a double. She was at third with one out following a ground out, but Nebraska was unable to bring her home as a strikeout and a foul out ended the inning.

The Huskers threatened again in the bottom of the fourth when senior MJ Knighten drew a leadoff walk before Jablonski singled. McClure then drew another walk to load the bases with one out but again Nebraska failed to score.

Penn State then used a leadoff walk, a wild pitch and an RBI single to push its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth.

The Nittany Lions added an insurance run when Rebecca Ziegler led off the top of the seventh with a home run before Laubach wrapped up her third shutout of the season by retiring Nebraska in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Each of Nebraska's four seniors - Knighten, McClure, Rachel Arthur and Lotte Sjulin - saw action in their final game.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                             Penn State vs Nebraska
                May 11, 2017 at Ann Arbor, Mich. (Alumni Field)

Penn State 5 (23-32)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Rebecca Ziegler cf.......  2  3  2  2   2  0  3  0   0
Toni Polk ss.............  4  1  1  0   0  1  1  1   1
Tori Dubois lf...........  3  0  1  1   0  0  4  0   0
Shelby Miller 3b.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  2  1   0
Delaney Elling c.........  3  0  1  2   0  0  3  0   2
Kristina Brackpool 1b....  3  0  1  0   0  0  6  0   2
 Jessica Cummings pr.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gianna Arrizurieta 2b....  2  1  1  0   0  0  1  2   0
Jessica Haug rf..........  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
Destiny Weber dp.........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Mia Monopoli ph.........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Marlaina Laubach p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0
Totals................... 24  5  8  5   3  3 21  7   6

Nebraska 0 (24-29)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Alyvia Simmons cf........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
MJ Knighten 3b...........  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp......  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  1   0
Tristen Edwards rf.......  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Cassie McClure p.........  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  2   0
 Gina Metzler pr.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  5  1   0
Taylor Otte lf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   4
Bri Cassidy c............  1  0  0  0   0  0  4  1   0
 Haley Donaldson ph......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Rachel Arthur ss.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  3   0
 Austen Urness ph........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alexis Perry 1b..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  7  1   0
 Lotte Sjulin 1b.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 23  0  2  0   2  2 21 10   4

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Penn State.......... 210 010 1 -  5  8  0
Nebraska............ 000 000 0 -  0  2  0
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LOB - Nittany Lion 6; Huskers 4. 2B - Ziegler; Edwards(9). HR - Ziegler. HBP
- Miller; Elling. SH - Dubois; Arrizurieta; Haug. CS - Haug.

Penn State             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Marlaina Laubach....  7.0  2  0  0  2  2 23 25  90

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Cassie McClure......  1.2  4  3  3  1  1  7 10  42
Kaylan Jablonski....  5.1  4  2  2  2  2 17 22  80

Win - Laubach (12-11).  Loss - McClure (11-9).  Save - None.
WP - Jablonski(13). HBP - by Jablonski (Elling); by Jablonski (Miller).
Pitches/strikes: Laubach 90/57; McClure 42/27; Jablonski 80/46.
Umpires - HP: Laura Head  1B: Bobby DeMayo  3B: Leah Bowen
Start: 12:36 pm   Time: 1:57   Attendance:
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