Madi Unzicker hit Nebraska's first grand slam of the season against South Dakota.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Madi Unzicker's Grand Slam Helps NU Claw USD

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
9
3
South dakota 

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
South Dakota 0 2 0 1 0 0 0   3 4 0
Nebraska 1 2 0 6 0 0 X   9 9 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - K. Jablonski (17-6) 5.0 2 1 1 1 9
L - A. Devers (0-7) 3.1 6 7 7 6 0
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 3B HR
Madi Unzicker 4 1 1 4 0 1
Bri Cassidy 2 1 1 1 0 1
Alyvia Simmons 3 3 2 0 1 0
Game Notes

Freshman Rylie Unzicker made her first start since Feb. 23 and her first-career start at centerfield. Prior, she had made three starts at left and three as the designated player. 

Madi Unzicker hit Nebraska's first grand slam of the season against South Dakota. She also had a career-best four RBIs against the Coyotes. 

Alyvia Simmons had two hits and one walk to reach base for the sixth straight game. 

Laura Barrow and Tristen Edwards each had one hit against USD, extending their hitting streak to five games. For Barrow, it is her longest of the season. 

Kaylan Jablonski picked up her 17th win of the season and becomes the first D1 pitcher to reach 17 wins this season. 

Lincoln, Neb. - Madi Unzicker hit Nebraska's first grand slam of the season to help the Nebraska softball team (24-10) pick up a 9-3 mid-week win over South Dakota (13-21) on Tuesday evening.

Unzicker finished with one run and four RBIs. Her four RBIs are a new career best. Bri Cassidy also had a home run for the Huskers, her third of the season. Alyvia Simmons had a good day at the plate as well, recording two hits and scoring three runs. Jablonski also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3, with one run and one walk. Laura Barrow, Tristen Edwards and Gina Metzler each had one hit for Nebraska as well. 

Kaylan Jablonski improved to 17-6 and became the first Division I pitcher to earn 17 wins this season. She pitched 5.0 innings and gave up one run on two hits. She also had a career-best nine strikeouts. Regan Mergele started the game and gave up two runs on two hits. She also had two strikeouts.

In the first inning, Nebraska took a 1-0 lead after four walks.

USD responded in the top of the second. A one-out walk put one runner on. The next batter was hit by a pitch, putting a second runner on base. A double scored one run and put two more in scoring position. The Huskers got the lead runner out but another double gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead. A walk loaded the bases for South Dakota, but Mergele got a big strikeout to leave three runners on. 

In the bottom of the second, Nebraska regained the lead. Kneib drew a leadoff walk and Bri Cassidy's sac bunt moved her over. Simmons got the Huskers' first hit of the game and Kneib advanced to third. Barrow doubled to the left side to score Kneib and Edwards hit a sac fly that scored Simmons and gave Nebraska a 3-2 lead.

The Coyotes tied it up in the fourth with a solo home run. 

Cassidy followed with a home run of her own in the bottom of the inning to give the Big Red a 4-3 lead. Simmons tripled and then scored on a wild pitch to bring in another run. Barrow drew a walk and Edwards and Jablonski hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Madi Unzicker took advantage and hit the team's first grand slam of the season to give Nebraska a 9-3 lead. 

The Huskers are back in action this weekend when they hit the road to compete against Big Ten foe Northwestern. The teams will play one game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                            South Dakota at Nebraska
                 Mar 27, 2018 at Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)

South Dakota 3 (13-21)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Camille Fowler cf........  3  0  1  1   0  1  0  0   0
 Ashtyn Blakeman cf......  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Alyssa Fernandez 2b......  1  0  0  0   2  0  2  1   0
 Dylan Underwood 2b......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Taylor Steinfeldt rf.....  3  0  0  0   1  2  1  0   3
Dustie Durham 3b.........  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   1
 Lauren Wobken pr/3b.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   1
Emily Winckler dp........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   1
Jessica Rogers c/1b......  2  1  0  0   1  1  3  1   0
Christy Warnock lf.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
Lauren Eamiguel ss.......  3  1  1  1   0  1  3  2   0
Jamie Holscher 1b........  2  1  1  1   0  0  2  1   0
 Skylar Arellano c.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Alexis Devers p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Gill Woodward p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Sarah Lisko p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 25  3  4  3   4 11 18  6   7

Nebraska 9 (23-10)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons rf........  3  3  2  0   1  0  1  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  2  1  1  1   2  0  0  1   0
Tristen Edwards ss.......  3  1  1  1   0  0  0  2   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp/p....  3  1  2  0   1  0  0  3   1
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  4  1  1  4   0  0  6  0   1
Gina Metzler lf..........  2  0  0  1   1  0  1  0   0
Rylie Unzicker cf/dp.....  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   3
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  2  1  0  0   1  0  1  1   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  1  1  1   0  0 12  0   0
Regan Mergele p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Taylor Otte cf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 24  9  9  8   6  0 21  7   5

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
South Dakota........ 020 100 0 -  3  4  0
Nebraska............ 120 600 X -  9  9  0
-----------------------------------------

LOB - Coyotes 7; Huskers 5. 2B - Fowler(2); Eamiguel(7); Barrow(6). 3B -
Simmons(2). HR - Holscher(3); M. Unzicker(5); Cassidy(3). HBP - Warnock 2.
SH - Cassidy(1). SF - Edwards(1). SB - Simmons(8). CS - R. Unzicker(2).

South Dakota           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Alexis Devers.......  3.1  6  7  7  6  0 13 21  89
Gill Woodward.......  1.2  2  2  2  0  0  7  7  14
Sarah Lisko.........  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  4  4  11

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Regan Mergele.......  2.0  2  2  2  3  2  8 12  46
Kaylan Jablonski....  5.0  2  1  1  1  9 17 19  74

Win - Jablonski (17-6).  Loss - Devers (0-7).  Save - None.
WP - Devers(5). HBP - by Mergele (Warnock); by Jablonski (Warnock).
Pitches/strikes: Devers 89/48; Woodward 14/9; Lisko 11/7; Mergele 46/26;
Jablonski 74/48.
Umpires - HP: Matthew Titkemeier  1B: Anita Robinett  3B: Bradley Eberhardt
Start: 5:03 pm   Time: 1:55   Attendance: 473
Weather: cloudy
Game: NEB34

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