Taylor Otte hit a home run in the seventh inning in Nebraska's 7-3 win over Georgia Tech.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Defeat Georgia Tech, 7-3

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
7
3
Georgia Tech

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 0 6 0 0 0 0 1   7 6 2
Georgia Tech 3 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 3 4
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - O. Ferrell (3-0) 4.1 2 0 0 3 2
L - N. Dickerson (0-2) 2.0 3 6 1 1 0
S - Jablonski (3) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
K. Jablonski 4 1 2 0 0 0
Game Notes

Nebraska won its seventh straight game against Georgia Tech.

Sophomore pitcher Sydney McLeod got her first start of the season and her seventh career start against Georgia Tech.

Tristen Edwards is on a nine-game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 against the Yellow Jackets. It's the longest hitting streak of her career. 

Atlanta, Ga. The Nebraska softball team (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten) beat Georgia Tech (1-5, 0-0 ACC) for the second day in a row Saturday afternoon, 7-3, in its third game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Olivia Ferrell got the win and moves to 3-0 on the season. Ferrell pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. She gave up just two hits and recorded two strikeouts. Kaylan Jablonski got her third save of the season, pitching two scoreless innings, without any hits or walks. She also had two strikeouts. Jablonski also led the Huskers on offense with two hits. Taylor Otte added a solo home run in the seventh and Tristen Edwards, Gina Metzler and Alexis Perry each had one hit. 

Georgia Tech got to work early, sending all nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and scoring three runs to take a 3-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets put runners on first and second with a walk and an error on the Huskers. A three-run homer gave the Jackets the lead. Georgia Tech got two more base runners with a pair of walks and Ferrell came in the circle for McLeod. With two outs, Georgia Tech loaded the bases with another walk, but the Huskers got out of a sticky situation with a ground out to second. 

The Huskers responded in the top of the second, taking advantage of three defensive errors on the Yellow Jackets and scoring six runs. Jablonski got a lead off single. Simmons advanced to first on a fielder's choice and Jablonski made it to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. Gina Metzler delivered a perfect bunt to move both runners over, but was out at first. Bri Cassidy drew a walk to load the bases for Perry. Perry took full advantage of the opportunity and singled to the middle to score two runs for the Huskers. Bree Boruff pinch ran for Cassidy at third. The next batter fouled out to third, but with the top of the order up, the Huskers did some damage. With runners on the corners and two outs, Otte reached on an error, while Perry moved to third and Boruff scored. With Edwards at the plate, Otte stole second and Edwards doubled to deep center field to score both runners. Edwards scored the final run of the inning on another error by the Jackets' defense. The Huskers took a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the second. 

In the top of the third, Nebraska had another scoring opportunity, but couldn't get any runs across the plate. The Huskers put runners on first and second with a one-out single and an error. A wild pitch moved both runners over, but the Yellow Jackets retired the next two batters to end the inning. 

In the top of the seventh, Otte hit a lead off homer to left field to give the Huskers a 7-3 lead. Later in the inning, Jablonski hit a two-out triple to deep center field to put a runner in scoring position, but the next batter struck out swinging to end the inning. 

McLeod pitched 0.2 innings and gave up three runs off one hit. Two of her runs were earned. 

Georgia Tech's Naomi Dickerson moved to 0-2 on the season. She pitched two innings, gave up six runs - one earned - and gave up three hits. 

Nebraska concludes the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a game against Boston College Sunday morning at 9 a.m. (CT). A live radio stream will be available on Huskers.com courtesy of the IMG Husker Sports Network. 

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                          #22 Nebraska at Georgia Tech
                  Feb 17, 2018 at Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

Nebraska 7 (8-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Taylor Otte cf...........  4  2  1  1   0  0  2  0   0
Tristen Edwards ss.......  4  1  1  2   0  0  1  0   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  4  0  0  0   0  0  6  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp/p....  4  1  2  0   0  0  0  0   1
Alyvia Simmons rf........  4  1  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
Gina Metzler lf..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  0  0  0   1  0  4  0   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Alexis Perry 3b..........  3  1  1  2   0  0  3  2   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  3   0
 Rylie Unzicker ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
Sydney McLeod p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Olivia Ferrell p/dp.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  7  6  5   1  1 21  5   4

Georgia Tech 3 (0-5)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Breanna Roper rf.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
 Sydney Stavro ph........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Skye Webb lf.............  3  1  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Rebecca Prairie c........  3  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
Crosby Huckabay dp.......  4  1  1  3   0  2  0  0   2
Katie Krzus 1b...........  3  0  1  0   1  0  3  0   0
Draven Sonnon cf.........  2  0  0  0   1  0  6  0   0
Lilly Hooper 3b..........  1  0  0  0   2  0  1  0   0
Kelsey Chisholm ss.......  2  0  0  0   1  0  2  2   1
Malea Bell 2b............  2  0  0  0   0  0  4  1   5
Naomi Dickerson p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Cameron Stanford p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 24  3  3  3   6  4 21  4   8

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 060 000 1 -  7  6  2
Georgia Tech........ 300 000 0 -  3  3  4
-----------------------------------------

E - Cassidy(1); McLeod(1); Hooper, L 2; Bell, M; Dickerson, N. LOB - Huskers
4; Jackets 8. 2B - Edwards(3). 3B - Jablonski(1). HR - Otte(2); Huckabay, C.
HBP - Prairie, R. SH - Metzler(2). SB - Otte(3). Reached on CI - Roper, B.

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Sydney McLeod.......  0.2  1  3  2  3  0  4  7  34
Olivia Ferrell......  4.1  2  0  0  3  2 15 19  78
Kaylan Jablonski....  2.0  0  0  0  0  2  5  6  17

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Naomi Dickerson.....  2.0  3  6  1  1  0 11 13  45
Cameron Stanford....  5.0  3  1  1  0  1 19 19  58

Win - Ferrell (3-0).  Loss - Dickerson, N (0-2).  Save - Jablonski (3).
WP - Stanford, C. HBP - by Ferrell (Prairie, R). CI - Cassidy. Pitches/strikes:
McLeod 34/18; Ferrell 78/48; Jablonski 17/13; Dickerson, N 45/30; Stanford, C
58/35.
Umpires - HP: Emerus Addison  1B: Jim Cooper  3B: Deanna Hunt
Start: 12:15 CT   Time: 2:13   Attendance:
Weather: cloudy
Game: NEB9

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