Homers Help Huskers Down Wolfpack, 7-2
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Tristen Edwards hit her first two home runs of the season against the Wolfpack.
Edwards' two homers marked the first multi-home run game by a Husker since March 31, 2018, when Tristen Edwards hit two against Northwestern.
Samantha Owen made her first-career start as a Husker against NC State, starting as the designated player.
Samantha Owen also got her first-career hit as a Husker.
Lindsey Walljasper hit her second home run of the season.
Lindsey Walljasper recorded a career-best nine strikeouts against the Wolfpack.
Raleigh, N.C. - The Nebraska softball team (4-2) hit three home runs en route to a 7-2 victory over NC State (3-3) in its first of two games on Friday. It marks Nebraska's first win this season over a ranked opponent as NC State is ranked No. 17 by Fastpich News, No. 23 by Softball America and is receiving votes in the USA Softball and NFCA Polls.
Tristen Edwards and Lindsey Walljasper led the offensive efforts. Edwards had a pair of solo home runs, while Walljasper hit a three-run homer. Edwards went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Nebraska scored at least one run in all but two innings innings and finished the game with nine hits. Simmons had two hits while Rylie Unzicker, Bree Boruff, Bri Cassidy and Samantha Owen each had one.
Walljasper started in the circle for the Huskers and improved to 2-0. She pitched 6.0 innings and gave up five hits and no earned runs. She also recorded a career-best nine strikeouts. Regan Mergele pitched 1.0 inning of relief. She retired the first three batters she saw and recorded two strikeouts.
Edwards hit a solo home run in the top of the first to give Nebraska a quick 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Cassidy singled and Owen drew a walk to put two runners on base. Rylie Unzicker singled to center field, scoring Cassidy and giving Nebraska a 2-0 lead.
Boruff hit a leadoff single to start the third inning. Simmons singled and both runners advanced one base after the NC State right fielder let the ball get by her. Then, Walljasper homered to put the Huskers up 5-0.
Madi Unzicker drew a walk and Owen doubled to put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the top of the fourth. After an NC State pitching change, Rylie Unzicker drew a walk to load the bases. NC State got its first out of the inning with a force out at home. Edwards grounded out to the pitcher for the second out, but brought a run in.
NC State scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on first and second with two outs, NC State hit a infield pop up that should have ended the inning. However, a fielding error allowed one runner to score and extended the inning. A hit batter loaded the bases for the Wolfpack and a walk brought another run in. With the tying run at the plate, Walljasper got a big strikeout to get out of the inning.
In the seventh, Edwards hit a leadoff home run to put the Huskers up 7-2.
The Huskers continue the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this afternoon when they face Pittsburgh at 4:30 CT. Wisconsin beat Pittsburgh in the morning game, giving the Big Ten a 2-0 lead with two more games left today.