Huskers Dominate Lamar, 14-2, in Season Opener
|W - L. Walljasper (1-0)||5.0||7||2||0||0||8|
|L - Lewis (0-1)||3.2||11||10||4||4||1|
|S - None||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
Nebraska started a freshman pitcher in its season opener for the second consecutive year, after Lindsey Walljasper got the start today against Lamar. Last season, Olivia Ferrell started in the circle for the Huskers in their season opener.
Lindsey Walljasper became the third Husker freshman pitcher to start a season opener since 1995.
Bree Boruff recorded her first-career RBI after a single in the second scored the Huskers' first run of the night.
Bri Cassidy had three doubles against Lamar tying a single-game Nebraska record.
Courtney Wallace had two triples against Lamar tying a single-game Husker record.
Houston, Texas. - The Nebraska softball team defeated Lamar 14-2 in five innings on Friday in its first of two games on the night.
Freshman Lindsey Walljasper was impressive in her Husker debut. She started in the circle and pitched a complete five innings. She allowed just seven hits and didn't give up any earned runs. She had eight strikeouts and no walks. At the plate, Walljasper went 2-for-4 with one run and four RBIs. She also had one home run.
Nebraska had 14 hits on the night. Bri Cassidy led the team going 3-for-3 with three doubles, tying a single-game Nebraska record. Courtney Wallace and Lexey Kneib also had multiple hits on the night, with two each. Wallace had two triples, which tied a single-game Nebraska record.
Jade Lewis got the loss for Lamar. She pitched 3.2 innings, gave up 11 hits and 10 runs. She also had one strikeout. As a team, Lamar finished with seven hits.
Lamar took advantage of two Husker errors to jump to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, Rylie Unzicker hit a one-out triple and Edwards drew a walk to put two runners on, but the Huskers were unable to score as Lamar retired the next two batters.
In the second inning, Nebraska tied the game 2-2. Madi Unzicker drew a one-out walk and Cassidy doubled to put both runners in scoring position. Boruff singled to score Madi Unzicker. Boruff stole second and Rylie Unzicker drew a walk to load the bases for Edwards. Edwards was walked to score Cassidy.
Nebraska took a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Wallace hit a leadoff triple and scored on a ground out to second.
In the fourth, NU did damage, batting around the order and scoring 11 runs – all with two outs. Walljasper started the Husker run with a solo shot to left center to extend the lead to 4-2. Wallace reached on an error and Kneib singled to put two runners on. Madi Unzicker reached on a fielder’s choice and an error allowed Wallace to score making it 5-2. Three doubles from Cassidy, Boruff and Simmons scored four runs making it 9-2. Rylie Unzicker and Edwards drew back-to-back walks and Walljasper doubled to score three runs and make it 12-2. With Yocom pinch running at second, Wallace tripled to score Yocom. Kneib doubled to score Wallace and make it 14-2.
Nebraska plays Texas Tech tonight at 7 p.m. A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com.