Madi Unzicker had a two-run homer in Nebraska's 6-2 win over Creighton.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Top Creighton, 6-2

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
6
2
creighton

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Creighton 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   2 6 2
Nebraska 2 0 1 0 1 2 X   6 10 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - K. Jablonski (14-5) 4.0 3 2 2 2 2
L - B. Clark (3-4) 6.0 10 6 4 5 1
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Gina Metzler 3 0 3 1 0 0
Madi Unzicker 4 1 2 3 0 1
Game Notes

Nebraska won its six straight game against Creighton, bringing the overall series to 85-37, in favor of the Huskers. 

Regan Mergele pitched 3.0 scoreless innings against Creighton. She's now pitched 10.0 straight innings without allowing a run, dating back to the CSUN game on March 16. 

Kaylan Jablonski had one hit to extend her hitting streak to three games.

Taylor Otte has a hit in the last three straight games. She went 1-for-3 with one run against Creighton. 

Kaylan Jablonski earned her eighth straight win against Creighton. 

Gina Metzler reached base all four times at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one walk. She also had an RBI. 

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska softball team (21-9) smashed in-state rival Creighton (11-10) at Bowlin Stadium Wednesday night by a score of 6-2. 

Kaylan Jablonski improved to 14-5 and picked up her eighth straight win. She pitched 4.0 innings and gave up two runs on three hits. She also had two walks and two strikeouts. Regan Mergele started the game and pitched 3.0 scoreless innings. She gave up just three hits and recorded two strikeouts. Mergele extended her scoreless innings streak to 10.0 innings, dating back to the March 16 game against Cal State Northridge. 

Creighton's Bryana Clark pitched a complete six-inning game and dropped to 3-4 on the season. She gave up four earned runs on 10 hits. She also had five walks and one strikeout. 

Madi Unzicker and Gina Metzler led the Huskers on offense. Unzicker went 2-for-4, with one run, three RBIs and one homer. Metzler hit 3-for-3 with one run. Laura Barrow also had two hits on the day, marking her second multi-hit game of the season. Taylor Otte, Tristen Edwards and Jablonski also each had one hit for the Huskers.

Nebraska wasted no time, scoring two runs in the first. Simmons drew a leadoff walk and Edwards singled up the middle. They both stole a base to get in scoring position with no outs. Jablonski took advantage and singled just past the second baseman to score Simmons. Madi Unzicker followed suit and hit a ball over third base to score Edwards. Otte's sacrifice bunt moved both runners over. Metzler drew a walk to load the bases with two outs, but a strikeout ended the inning. 

The Huskers took advantage of a Bluejay error and scored one run in the third. Otte hit a two-out single. Barrow reached on an error, that would have ended the inning. With two runners on Metzler singled and Otte used her speed to round third and get home in time to beat the throw and give the Huskers a 3-0 lead. 

Creighton scored one run in the top of the third. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and a double brought her home. 

NU loaded the bases in the fifth, with a pair of two-out singles from Barrow and Metzler. Kneib drew a walk and Riley was also walked to score Barrow. 

In the sixth, Jablonski reached on an error and Bree Boruff pinch ran for her. Madi Unzicker then hit a two-run homer to give the Huskers a 6-1 lead. 

Creighton scored one run in the seventh with a pair of walks and a single. 

The Huskers are back in action on Friday when the team hosts Michigan State for its Big Ten opener. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.  The game will be available on Huskers.com (radio), courtesy of the IMG Husker Sports Network. The game will also be available on BTNPlus/FloSoftball (subscription required). For tickets and other game day information, visit Huskers.com.

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                             Creighton at Nebraska
                 Mar 21, 2018 at Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)

Creighton 2 (11-10)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
CANTU, Ashley lf.........  4  0  3  1   0  0  5  0   0
CROWLEY, Sam cf..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
FINAN, Kelli 1b..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   1
 FRY, Kristin pr.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
MORENO, Hope dp..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 JENKINS, Sydney pr......  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
MCKELVY, Mileah rf.......  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   2
STURGEON, Jordyn c.......  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
MCGILL, Jayci 2b.........  2  0  1  1   1  1  3  2   0
 SANDELL, Courtney pr....  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
HUNT, Kaitlynn ss........  1  0  0  0   0  1  3  2   0
 PECHAR, Mikaela ph......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
 MCNEIL, Nikki ph........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 SAWYER, Jacey pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
COFFIEL, Tash 3b.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
CLARK, Bryana p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 26  2  6  2   2  4 18  7   6

Nebraska 6 (21-9)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons rf........  3  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   3
Tristen Edwards ss.......  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  2   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp/p....  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  2   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  4  1  2  3   0  0  8  0   0
Taylor Otte cf...........  3  1  1  0   0  0  2  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  4  1  2  0   0  0  4  2   0
Gina Metzler lf..........  3  0  3  1   1  0  0  0   0
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  2  0  0  0   2  1  0  1   5
Regan Mergele p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Rylie Unzicker ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Ally Riley ph/dp........  1  0  0  1   1  0  0  0   3
Bri Cassidy c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  6  1   0
Totals................... 29  6 10  6   5  1 21  8  11

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Creighton........... 000 100 1 -  2  6  2
Nebraska............ 201 012 X -  6 10  0
-----------------------------------------

E - HUNT, K. 2(5). DP - Huskers 1. LOB - Bluejays 6; Huskers 11. 2B -
MCGILL(6). HR - M. Unzicker(4). HBP - MORENO. SH - Otte(1). SB - Simmons(5);
Edwards(5).

Creighton              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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CLARK, Bryana.......  6.0 10  6  4  5  1 29 35 120

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Regan Mergele.......  3.0  3  0  0  0  2 12 12  51
Kaylan Jablonski....  4.0  3  2  2  2  2 14 17  68

Win - Jablonski (14-5).  Loss - CLARK (3-4).  Save - None.
HBP - by Jablonski (MORENO). Pitches/strikes: CLARK 120/65; Mergele 51/31;
Jablonski 68/43.
Umpires - HP: Matt Titkemeier  1B: Brian Miller  3B: Jason Back
Start: 6:03 pm   Time: 2:00   Attendance: 458
Weather: sunny
Game: NEB30

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