Alyvia Simmons hit her fourth triple of the season against the Gophers. She is now tied for 10th for most triples by a Husker in a single season.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Gophers Clinch Weekend Series with Win Over NU

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
0
6
Minnesota

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 0
Minnesota 0 3 3 0 0 0 X   6 8 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - A. Fiser (18-8) 5.1 2 0 0 1 3
L - O. Ferrell (8-5) 6.0 8 6 6 7 2
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H BB 3B HR
Alyvia Simmons 3 0 1 1 1 0
Game Notes

Alyvia Simmons hit her fourth triple of the season against the Gophers. She is now tied for 10th for most triples by a Husker in a single season. 

Olivia Ferrell pitched a complete six-innings, which is tied for the second-longest outing of her career. 

Minneapolis, Minn. -Minnesota (26-14, 9-3 Big Ten) clinched the weekend series over Nebraska (30-16, 8-7 Big Ten) with a 6-0 win on Saturday, after also winning game one last night.

Alyvia Simmons led Nebraska on offense. She had the only extra-base hit of the day for Nebraska, when she hit a triple to start the game. It was her fourth this season, which is tied for 10th for most triples by a Husker in a single season. Laura Barrow, Taylor Otte, Lexey Kneib and Gina Metzler each had one hit for Nebraska. Madi Unzicker reached base twice, with a pair of walks. 

Minnesota's Amber Fiser improved to 18-8 on the season. She pitched 5.1 innings and gave up just two hits. She also had three strikeouts.

Olivia Ferrell (8-5) pitched a complete six-inning game, which is tied for the second-longest outing of her career. She gave up six runs on eight hits and also had two strikeouts. 

In the first, Simmons hit a leadoff triple but Minnesota retired the next three batters to leave her stranded. Minnesota drew a leadoff walk, but Nebraska got three outs without allowing another baserunner. 

Nebraska went down in order in the second. Minnesota took put two runners on with a double and a walk. Nebraska got the lead runner out at third with a grounder to the pitcher. Another walk loaded the bases for the Gophers and a double scored two. A groundout scored another run to take a 3-0 lead. 

Metzler delivered a perfect bunt and reached first to lead off the third. Another good bunt from Bri Cassidy moved Metzler to second. She reach third on a groundout, but another groundout ended Nebraska's hopes of scoring a run that inning. The Gophers hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 5-0. A single, a sac hit, a walk and a double scored another run. A walk loaded the bases, but a strikeout from Ferrell and a pop up ended the inning. 

In the fourth, Madi Unzicker drew a two-out walk, but a ground out turned it over to the Minnesota offense. The Gophers drew a leadoff walk, but Nebraska got three straight outs to end the inning. 

Sydney Smith started off the fifth in the circle for Minnesota. Lexey Kneib was hit by a pitch to reach first. Bree Boruff ran for Kneib and Metzler grounded out to move Boruff to second. A strikeout brought Simmons to the plate, who also drew a walk. Barrow singled to left field, but a close call at home got Boruff out as she attempted to score. In the bottom of the inning, a two-out walk and a single put runners on the corners for the Gophers, but a groundout ended the inning. 

Madi Unzicker drew another two-out walk in the sixth and Otte singled through the left side. Kneib hit a hard shot to the pitcher to reach first and load the bases for Nebraska. Fiser re-entered the game for Minnesota and got a strikeout to halt the Huskers' momentum. Minnesota got one baserunner in the bottom of the inning with a bunt single. 

In the top of the seventh, Nebraska was retired in order, ending the game. 

Nebraska will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and will also be available on WatchESPN. as well as Huskers.com (radio).  

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                             Nebraska at Minnesota
                Apr 21, 2018 at Minneapolis, Minn. (JSC Stadium)

Nebraska 0 (30-16,8-7 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons rf........  3  0  1  0   1  0  3  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  4  0  1  0   0  1  3  0   1
Tristen Edwards ss.......  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp......  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  1  0  0  0   2  1  5  0   0
Taylor Otte cf...........  3  0  1  0   0  0  3  0   1
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gina Metzler lf..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Ally Riley ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   3
Bri Cassidy c............  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Rylie Unzicker ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Olivia Ferrell p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  5   0
Totals................... 24  0  5  0   3  4 18  6   8

Minnesota 6 (26-14,9-3 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Partain 2b...............  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  1   6
Lindaman c...............  3  1  1  1   1  0  5  0   0
Houlihan rf..............  4  1  2  1   0  0  0  0   0
Dwyer 1b.................  4  1  2  0   0  0 12  2   0
Wagner cf................  2  1  0  0   1  1  1  0   2
Parlich 3b...............  2  1  0  0   1  0  0  6   0
Arneson dp...............  2  1  1  1   1  0  0  0   0
Brandt ss................  1  0  1  2   2  0  1  2   0
Jensen lf................  2  0  1  1   0  0  0  1   0
 Kemetmueller ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Fiser p..................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Smith p.................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 24  6  8  6   7  2 21 14   8

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 000 000 0 -  0  5  0
Minnesota........... 033 000 X -  6  8  0
-----------------------------------------

LOB - NEB 8; Minnesota 8. 2B - Dwyer; Arneson; Brandt. 3B - Simmons. HR -
Lindaman; Houlihan. HBP - Kneib. SH - Cassidy; Wagner.

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Olivia Ferrell......  6.0  8  6  6  7  2 24 32 124

Minnesota              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Fiser...............  5.1  2  0  0  1  3 17 19  69
Smith...............  1.2  3  0  0  2  1  7 10  31

Win - Fiser (18-8).  Loss - Ferrell (8-5).  Save - None.
HBP - by Smith (Kneib). Pitches/strikes: Ferrell 124/65; Fiser 69/44; Smith
31/13.
Umpires - HP: Larry Nagel  1B: Cynthia Brunot  3B: Leah Bowen Daume
Start: 1:03 pm   Time: 2:02   Attendance: 940
Weather: 55, Sunny, SE 2 mph
Game: NEB46

MORE NEWS

More News Sponsor - First National Bank

TICKETS

Tickets Sponsor - StubHub