Gina Metzler went 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in Nebraska's game against Texas A&M.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

NU Hands No. 6 Texas A&M First Loss of the Season

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
6
3
TExas a&M

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Texas A&M 0 0 0 1 1 0 1   3 11 3
Nebraska 0 0 2 0 4 0 0   6 10 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - K. Jablonski (5-1) 2.0 6 2 2 3 2
L - T. Harrington (3-1) 4.1 7 6 5 0 3
S - O. Ferrell (2) 5.0 6 2 2 3 2
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Gina Metzler 3 2 3 1 0 0
Kaylan Jablonski 4 0 2 2 0 0
Game Notes

Nebraska gave Texas A&M pitcher Trinity Harrington her first earned runs of the season. She had gone 22.1 innings without and earned run.

Nebraska beat its third ranked team of the season and its first top 10 team since 2016 (No. 1 Michigan).

Alyvia Simmons led off the batting order for the first time this season, in place of the injured Taylor Otte. 

Laura Barrow got her first multi-base hit of the season with a leadoff double in the third inning. 

Tristen Edwards went 1-for-4 to reach base for the 14th straight game, dating back to the last three games of the 2017 season.

Cathedral City, Calif. In its first of two games this evening, the Nebraska softball team (9-2, 0-0 Big Ten) handed No. 6 Texas A&M (10-1, 0-0 SEC) its first loss of the season with a 6-3 defeat on Thursday night. 

Kaylan Jablonski moved to 5-1 on the season. She pitched two innings and gave up six hits and two earned runs. Olivia Ferrell got the save. She started the game and came back in the seventh, pitching a total of 5.0 innings. She gave up five hits and one run. She also had six strikeouts. 

On offense, Gina Metzler led the Huskers with three hits, two runs and one RBI. Jablonski and Alyvia Simmons also had multiple hits, each getting two. Tristen Edwards, Madi Unzicker and Laura Barrow each had one hit. 

The Aggies threatened in the top of the third, with a two-out single. The runner stole second to get in scoring position and the next batter was walked to put runners on first and second. The Husker defense stood strong and got out of the inning with a ground out to the pitcher.

The Huskers scored first in the bottom of the third. Barrow got a leadoff double and Cassidy moved her over to third. Metzler brought her home with a single, giving the Huskers a 1-0 lead. With the top of the order up, the Huskers had a good opportunity to score more runs. Simmons moved Metzler over to second, but was out on the play. Edwards reached on an error and Jablonski singled to bring Metzler across the plate. At the end of the third, the Huskers had a 2-0 lead. 

Texas A&M responded with back-to-back singles in the top of the fourth put runners on the corners. The next batter hit a deep fly ball to right center that Simmons caught near the fence - saving a three-run homer. One run scored on the sacrifice fly, but the Huskers got out of the inning without giving up the lead. 

Texas A&M tied the game with a walk and a pair of two-out singles in the top of the fifth. Another walk loaded the bases for A&M, but Barrow came up with a big out at second to get out of the inning

The Huskers did damage in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs, with some help from three errors by the Aggies. Metzler got a one-out single. Then, Simmons singled to the left side, but both runners took an extra base after another error by the Aggies. Edwards then singled to score both runners. Edwards advanced to second on a throw attempt and made it to third on a wild pitch. Jablonski singled through the left side to score Edwards. Bree Boruff pinch ran for Jablonski. Madi Unzicker doubled to the middle, getting Boruff to third, but Boruff took advantage of a fielding error in the outfield to score. Kneib was hit to load the bases, but the Aggies got out of the inning with two fly outs.

In the top of the sixth, the Aggies loaded the bases with a double, a single and a walk. With two outs and Tori Vidales - the Aggies' best hitter at the plate, Nebraska needed a big out. The Huskers got just that when Vidales flew out to center field. 

In the bottom of the sixth, back-to-back singles by Metzler and Simmons put runners on first and second with no outs, setting up a good opportunity to extend the lead. However, two flyouts and strikeout left both runners stranded. 

The Aggies' comeback effort in the top of the seventh started with back-to-back singles. The runners advanced on a groundout to third and another single scored one run to cut the lead to 6-3. Ferrell, back in to pitch, struck out the final two batters to end the game.

The Huskers face Mississippi State tonight in their second of five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                            #6 Texas A&M vs Nebraska
             Feb 22, 2018 at Cathedral City, CA (Big League Dreams)

Texas A&M 3 (10-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Milligan, Keeli lf.......  4  0  2  0   0  1  0  0   0
Alderink, Kaitlyn 2b.....  2  0  1  0   2  1  0  2   0
Vidales, Tori 1b/3b......  4  0  1  0   0  0  8  0   5
Walters, Ashley c/pr.....  4  0  3  1   0  0  4  0   1
 George, Kylie pr........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Fritsch, Blake-Ann pr...  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Hudek, Sarah rf..........  3  0  2  0   1  1  1  0   0
McBride, Payton dp/1b....  3  0  0  1   0  0  0  0   3
Cuyos, Kristen ss........  4  0  1  1   0  1  0  3   0
Russell, Erica cf........  4  0  0  0   0  2  5  0   1
Elder, Dani 3b...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Fortenberry, Kelbi ph...  0  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Show, Samantha ph/1b....  2  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
Harrington, Trinity p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 MacGrandle, Maddie p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  3 11  3   4  8 18  6  12

Nebraska 6 (9-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons rf........  4  1  2  0   0  1  2  0   0
Tristen Edwards ss.......  4  1  1  2   0  0  0  2   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp/p....  4  0  2  2   0  0  0  0   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  4  0  1  0   0  2  6  0   4
Rylie Unzicker lf........  2  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  1  1  0   0  0  2  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  0  0  0   0  0  9  0   0
 Alexis Perry ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   3
Gina Metzler cf..........  3  2  3  1   0  0  1  0   0
Olivia Ferrell p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 29  6 10  5   1  4 21  6   7

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Texas A&M........... 000 110 1 -  3 11  3
Nebraska............ 002 040 X -  6 10  0
-----------------------------------------

E - Milligan(1); Hudek(2); Elder(1). LOB - Aggies 12; Huskers 7. 2B -
Show(2); M. Unzicker(2); Barrow(1). HBP - Kneib. SF - McBride(1). SB -
Milligan(5).

Texas A&M              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Harrington, Trinity.  4.1  7  6  5  0  3 21 21  86
MacGrandle, Maddie..  1.2  3  0  0  1  1  8 10  47

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Olivia Ferrell......  5.0  5  1  1  1  6 19 21  77
Kaylan Jablonski....  2.0  6  2  2  3  2 12 15  60

Win - Jablonski (5-1).  Loss - Harrington (3-1).  Save - Ferrell (2).
WP - Harrington(2). HBP - by MacGrandle (Kneib). Pitches/strikes: Harrington
86/53; MacGrandle 47/29; Ferrell 77/46; Jablonski 60/29.
Umpires - HP: Anthony Lewis  1B: Tanya Garig  3B: Trish Treskot
Start: 7:59 CT   Time: 2:33   Attendance:
Weather: clear
Jablonski faced 2 batters in the 7th.
Game: NEB11

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