Huskers Pummel Panthers, 14-1
|W - O. Ferrell (2-1)||5.0||1||1||1||2||4|
|L - T. Rahach (0-3)||1.2||4||6||5||2||0|
|S - None||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
Olivia Ferrell allowed just one hit through a complete five-inning game.
Tristen Edwards hit a home run in the second inning. It was her third homer of the day after she had two in the first game against NC State.
Freshman Peyton Glatter recorded her first-career hit as a Huskers after hitting a single in the fourth inning.
Rylie Unzicker went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI against Pitt, extending her hitting streak to five games and her on-base streak to seven games.
Madi Unzicker went 1-for1 with two runs and a walk, extending her on-base streak to seven games.
Lexey Kneib went 1-for-3 with an RBI extending her on-base streak to six games.
Bree Boruff tied her career best with three hits. She also had a career-high three RBIs and three runs scored.
Samantha Owen hit her first-career home run as a Huskers.
Samantha Owen hit a grand slam against Pitt, marking the first Nebraska grand slam since April 13, 2018 (Kaylan Jablonski vs. Purdue).
Raleigh N.C. - In an impressive performance on both offense and defense, the Nebraska softball team (5-2) defeated Pittsburgh (1-6), 14-1, in five innings in its second game of the day on Friday night. The Huskers went 2-0 on the first day of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Wisconsin also won both of its two games on the day.
Olivia Ferrell (2-1) started and pitched a complete five-inning game. She was just three outs away from a no-hitter, as the Pathers' first and only hit came in the bottom of the fifth inning. She had just two walks and four strikeouts.
On offense, Nebraska had 10 hits, including a grand slam from Samantha Owen and a three-run homer from Tristen Edwards. Bree Boruff went 3-for-3 with a career-best three runs and a career-high three RBIs. Rylie Unzicker also had one hit on the night, extending her hitting streak to five games. Peyton Glatter recorded her first-career hit, while Bri Cassidy, Madi Unzicker and Lexey Kneib each had one hit. As a team, Nebraska didn't have any strikeouts.
Pitt's Taylor Rahach fell to 0-3. She pitched 1.2 innings and gave up six runs on four hits.
Nebraska scored right away in the first, taking a 2-0 lead. Rylie Unzicker and Boruff singled to put two runners on. Simmons drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one run and moved all other runners up a base. Then, in a pick off attempt, Pitt's catcher overthrew third base. Boruff took advantage and used her speed to score a second run for the Huskers.
In the second, NU scored four runs. Madi Unzicker was hit by a pitch. She stole second and reached third on a wild pitch. Rylie Unzicker drew a walk and moved to second on another wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position. A single from Boruff scored Madi Unzicker. Then, Edwards hit a three-run homer to put the Huskers up 6-0.
In the third, the Big Red batted through the line up and scored three runs. Walljasper drew a one-out walk. Peyton Glatter pinch ran for Walljasper and moved to second when Cassidy singled to right field. Carson Fischer pinch ran for Cassidy and Madi Unzicker drew a walk to load the bases. Kneib hit one over the third baseman to score Glatter. A fielder's choice brought in Fischer and a ground out scored another run. Edwards drew a walk to load the bases, but a fly out ended the inning.
NU scored some insurance runs in the fifth. Madi Unzicker hit a leadoff double. Anni Raley pinch ran for her and moved to third on a ground out. Boruff singled to bring her home. Back-to-back walks from Edwards and Simmons loaded the bases before Owen smacked one over the fence to put the Huskers up 14-0.
The Wolfpack avoided the shutout by scoring one run in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly.
The Huskers continue the ACC/Big Ten Challenge tomorrow when they face NC State. Due to projected rain, the game has been moved to 2:30 p.m. (CT). A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com. The game will also be streamed on the ACC Network through Watch ESPN.