Madi Unzicker drove in both of Nebraska's runs against Washington with a two-run homer.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Halted By No. 1 Washington, 4-2

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
2
4
Washington

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   2 4 0
Washington 0 0 1 3 0 0 X   4 9 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - T. Alvelo (8-0) 7.0 4 2 2 1 5
L - K. Jablonski (5-4) 2.0 6 0 0 0 1
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Alyvia Simmons 3 0 2 0 0 0
Madi Unzicker 3 1 1 2 0 1
Game Notes

Freshman Ally Riley got her first-career start against Washington at the catcher position.

Olivia Ferrell made her third start in the circle against a ranked team this season. She also started against No. 19 BYU and No. 6 Texas A&M. 

Cathedral City, Calif. Despite a valiant effort, the Nebraska softball team (10-5) could not upset No. 1 Washington (16-0) Saturday night and fell to the Huskies, 4-2.

Taran Alvelo improved to 8-0 on the season, pitching a complete game and giving up just four hits and two runs. She also had five strikeouts.

Kaylan Jablonski dropped to 5-4 on the year. She pitched two innings, gave up three hits and four runs. Olivia Ferrell also pitched for the Huskers and got the start. Ferrell pitched four innings, gave up six hits, no runs and one strikeout.

Alyvia Simmons led the Husker offense with two hits. Jablonski and Madi Unzicker also had one hit for the Huskers - Jablonski hit a double and Unzicker had one home run.

The Huskies put pressure on right away. Washington got three singles in the top of the first to load the bases, but Nebraska's defense stepped up, getting out of the inning without giving up a run.

In the top of the third, Nebraska put two runners on base. Simmons hit a one-out single. She advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jablonski was walked to put runners on first and second with two outs, but a pop up ended the inning.

The Huskies scored first with a solo shot near the right line that just missed foul territory. Washington extended its lead in the fourth, scoring three runs. A leadoff walk and a double put two runners in scoring position with no outs. A good bunt scored one run, while the batter reached first. The runner at first then stole second and a single scored two more runs for Washington. The Huskers got out of the inning with a pair of fly balls and a strikeout.

Nebraska scored in the sixth after Jablonski hit a one-out double and Madi Unzicker smacked one to centerfield to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Huskers are back in action next weekend when they host Wichita State in their home opener on March 3. The Huskers and the Shockers will play a double header. The first game is set for 1 p.m. (CT) and the second game is set for 3 p.m. (CT).Both games will be available on Huskers.com (radio), courtesy of the Husker IMG Sports Network. 

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                           Nebraska vs #1 Washington
             Feb 24, 2018 at Cathedral CIty, CA (Big League Dreams)

Nebraska 2 (10-5)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons rf........  3  0  2  0   0  1  1  0   0
Tristen Edwards ss.......  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp/p....  2  1  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  3  1  1  2   0  0  5  0   3
Ally Riley c.............  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  2   0
Taylor Otte cf...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   1
Gina Metzler lf..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  6  0   0
Olivia Ferrell p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 24  2  4  2   1  5 18  6   4

Washington 4 (16-0)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Van Zee, Taylor 3b.......  4  0  2  2   0  0  0  0   0
Bates, Sis ss............  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   2
Thomas, Kirstyn 1b.......  3  1  2  1   0  0  6  0   0
DePonte, Julia lf........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   1
 Gibson, Kaija lf........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Hee, Noelle dp...........  3  0  2  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Allen, Morgan pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Atlee, Taryn 2b..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  3  2   3
 Kaupe, Nawai ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Helm, Emma c.............  2  0  1  0   1  0  5  0   0
 Melhart, Trysten pr.....  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Milloy, Amirah rf........  3  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   1
Burdick, Kelly cf........  2  1  1  1   0  0  2  0   0
Alvelo, Taran p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 27  4  9  4   1  2 21  6   7

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 000 002 0 -  2  4  0
Washington.......... 001 300 X -  4  9  0
-----------------------------------------

DP - Huskies 1. LOB - Huskers 4; Huskies 7. 2B - Jablonski(4); Hee(3);
Milloy(2). HR - M. Unzicker(2); Thomas(9). HBP - Riley; Barrow. SH -
Burdick(3). SB - Burdick(4).

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Olivia Ferrell......  4.0  6  0  0  0  1 18 18  54
Kaylan Jablonski....  2.0  3  4  4  1  1  9 11  29

Washington             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Alvelo, Taran.......  7.0  4  2  2  1  5 24 27  82

Win - Alvelo (8-0).  Loss - Jablonski (5-4).  Save - None.
WP - Alvelo(2). HBP - by Alvelo (Barrow); by Alvelo (Riley). PB - Riley(1).
Pitches/strikes: Ferrell 54/36; Jablonski 29/18; Alvelo 82/59.
Umpires - HP: Peterson  1B: Eller  3B: Stamper
Start: 4:19 CT   Time: 1:38   Attendance: 307
Weather: sunny
Game: NEB15

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