Alyvia Simmons scored Nebraska's only run on Sunday against Michigan State.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Spartans Avoid Husker Sweep with 9-1 Win

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
1
9
Michigan State

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5   R H E
Michigan State 1 0 4 4 0   9 8 0
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 1   1 5 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - K. Zalewski (5-6) 5.0 5 1 1 2 9
L - K. Jablonski (16-6) 3.0 5 5 5 3 2
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Alyvia Simmons 2 1 1 0 1 0
Tristen Edwards 2 0 1 1 0 0

Lincoln, Neb. Michigan State (12-15) avoided a three-game sweep on Sunday, defeating Nebraska (23-10) by a score of 9-1 in five innings. 

Lexey Kneib, Laura Barrow, Kaylan Jablonski, Alyvia Simmons and Tristen Edwards each had one hit for the Huskers. 

Jablonski picked up her first loss since March 3 and is now 16-6 on the season. She pitched 3.0 innings and gave up five runs on five hits. She also had two strikeouts.

MSU's Kristina Zalewski pitched a complete five-inning game. She gave up one run on five hits and had nine strikeouts. 

MSU took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo home run to right center. 

The Huskers missed a big opportunity in the bottom of the first. They loaded the bases with no outs but we unable to come up with any runs. Simmons drew a walk and Edwards was hit by a pitch. Sarah Yocom pinch ran for Edwards and Jablonski drew another walk. The Spartans got three straight outs, including two strikeouts and didn't allow a run to score.

In the bottom of the second, Kneib got Nebraska's first hit and moved to second on a wild pitch. Otte's sacrifice bunt moved her over to third, but she was stranded there as the next batter struck out. 

In the top of the third, the Spartans loaded the bases with not outs after a single, a hit batter and a walk. A sac fly scored one run and a one-out single scored one more. A double brought in two runs, extending MSU's lead to 5-0. 

In the fourth, MSU loaded the bases with a single and two walks. A sac fly scored one run and a double scored another. Another single and a hit batter both scored one additional run, giving the Spartans a 9-0 lead. 

Nebraska scored its only run in the fifth after a leadoff double by Simmons and a single by Edwards. 

Nebraska hosts South Dakota on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. The game will be available on Huskers.com (radio) as well as BTNPlus/FloSoftball (subscription required).

Michigan State vs Nebraska (Mar 25, 2018)



Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                           Michigan State at Nebraska
                 Mar 25, 2018 at Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)

Michigan State 9 (12-15)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Lea Foerster cf..........  1  2  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Ebonee Echols lf.........  1  2  0  0   3  0  0  0   0
Kaitlyn Eveland 3b.......  2  1  1  3   0  0  0  0   0
Caitie Ladd ss...........  4  1  1  1   0  1  2  1   0
McKenzie Long rf.........  3  1  2  2   1  0  0  0   2
Joanna Bartz dp..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Lexi White dp...........  1  0  1  2   1  0  0  0   0
Riley Paxson 1b..........  1  0  0  1   1  1  2  1   0
Kelcey Carrasco c........  3  0  1  0   0  0 10  0   1
Melanie Baccay 2b........  3  2  2  0   0  0  1  0   3
Kristina Zalewski p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 20  9  8  9   7  3 15  4   8

Nebraska 1 (23-10)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Alyvia Simmons rf........  2  1  1  0   1  1  1  0   1
Tristen Edwards ss.......  2  0  1  1   0  1  3  0   0
 Sarah Yocom pr/ss.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski p/dp....  2  0  1  0   1  1  0  1   0
Ally Riley dp/c..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
 Sydney McLeod p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   1
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  2  0  0  0   0  2  3  0   3
Gina Metzler lf..........  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alexis Perry 3b.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   0
Taylor Otte cf...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Rylie Unzicker ph/cf....  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   2
Bri Cassidy c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Regan Mergele p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 19  1  5  1   2  9 15  2   7

Score by Innings               R  H  E
--------------------------------------
Michigan State...... 104 40 -  9  8  1
Nebraska............ 000 01 -  1  5  0
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E - M Baccay(4). DP - Spartans 1. LOB - Spartans 8; Huskers 7. 2B - C
Ladd(2); L White(3); Simmons(7). HR - K Eveland(4). HBP - L Foerster 2; R
Paxson; Edwards. SH - Otte(2). SF - K Eveland 2(3). SB - M Baccay(4).

Michigan State         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Kristina Zalewski...  5.0  5  1  1  2  9 19 23  87

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Kaylan Jablonski....  3.0  5  5  5  3  2 12 17  62
Sydney McLeod.......  0.1  3  4  4  3  0  3  7  34
Regan Mergele.......  1.2  0  0  0  1  1  5  8  35

Win - K Zalewski (5-6).  Loss - Jablonski (16-6).  Save - None.
WP - K Zalewski(4); Mergele(7). HBP - by K Zalewski (Edwards); by Jablonski (L
Foerster); by Mergele (R Paxson); by Mergele (L Foerster). Pitches/strikes: K
Zalewski 87/56; Jablonski 62/35; McLeod 34/16; Mergele 35/21.
Umpires - HP: Michael Parker  1B: Terry D. Holt  3B: Kelly J. Ternes
Start: 12:54 pm   Time: 1:56   Attendance: 388
Weather: cloudy
Game: NEB33

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