Cassie McClure tossed a four-hit shutout against No. 1 Michigan.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Upset No. 1 Michigan

By NU Athletic Communications
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Box Score
Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Michigan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 0
Nebraska 0 0 1 0 0 0 X   1 2 0
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - McClure (14-6) 7.0 4 0 0 3 2
L - Betsa (12-3) 6.0 2 1 1 4 9
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B BB
Alicia Armstrong 2 0 1 1 1 0
MJ Knighten 1 1 1 0 0 2
Game Notes

Nebraska defeated the No. 1 team in the country for the third time in program history...all three victories over No. 1 teams have been by 1-0 scores...the Huskers won their first-ever home game against a No. 1 team...Cassie McClure threw her second career shutout and first vs. a ranked team...McClure picked up her second win over a top-10 opponent this season...Michigan was shut out for only the second time this season...MJ Knighten reached base in all three trips to the plate and scored the game's only run...Alicia Armstrong had the game's only RBI...Kiki Stokes saw her streak of 17 consecutive games reaching base snapped.

Lincoln, Neb. - Behind a masterful performance from junior right-hander Cassie McClure, the Nebraska softball team upset No. 1 Michigan, 1-0, Friday night at Bowlin Stadium.

Senior Alicia Armstrong produced the game's lone run with an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the third inning that scored junior MJ Knighten. That was the only run McClure would need, as she pitched the best game of her career.

McClure (14-6) scattered four hits in her second career shutout. Facing the nation's top scoring offense, McClure limited the Wolverines to their second-lowest hit total of the season while becoming only the second pitcher this season to shut out Michigan. The Wolverines were also held scoreless in a conference game for the first time since a 1-0 loss to No. 12 Minnesota on April 18, 2014.

McClure was in control throughout, but she also did well to work out of the few scoring chances Michigan mounted. McClure worked around a leadoff double in the top of the second inning, stranding a runner at third. The Wolverines got another runner to third in the top of the sixth before a pop out ended the threat.

In the top of the seventh, Michigan had runners at first and second for the top of its order. All-American Sierra Lawrence then hit a fly ball to the warning track in left that was caught by sophomore Gina Metzler. On the play, Michigan pinch runner Olivia Richvalsky tagged up, but a perfect throw from Metzler nailed Richvalsky at third for a game-ending double play.

The win was Nebraska's fifth straight conference victory. The Huskers improved to 25-12 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten play. Michigan fell to 27-4 overall and 5-2 in league play. All-American Megan Betsa (12-3) took the loss despite firing a two-hitter and allowing only one run.

Nebraska and Michigan meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission into Saturday's game is free, and admission is also free to the World's Largest Softball Tailgate, which begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot beyond the left field fence of Bowlin Stadium.

Box Score

                             2016 Nebraska Softball
                            #1 Michigan at Nebraska
                 Apr 08, 2016 at Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)

Michigan 0 (27-4,5-2 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Lawrence, Sierra cf......  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   1
Romero, Sierra 2b........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   1
Christner, Kelly lf......  1  0  0  0   2  0  2  0   1
Susalla, Kelsey rf.......  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   1
Blanco, Tera 1b..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   0
 Sbonek, Mary pr.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Montemarano, Lindsay 3b..  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   1
Vargas, Amanda dp........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
 Wald, Nikki pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Falk, Aidan c............  3  0  0  0   0  0  9  0   1
 Richvalsky, Olivia pr...  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Ramirez, Abby ss.........  2  0  1  0   1  0  0  3   0
Betsa, Megan p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 21  0  4  0   3  2 18  5   7

Nebraska 1 (25-12,6-3 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Stokes, Kiki cf..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Knighten, MJ 3b..........  1  1  1  0   2  0  2  4   0
Armstrong, Alicia ss.....  2  0  1  1   1  0  3  2   2
Jablonski, Kaylan dp.....  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   1
Fowler, Mattie 1b........  3  0  0  0   0  2  5  2   2
McClure, Cassie p........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  2   0
Simmons, Alyvia rf.......  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Otte, Taylor rf.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Unzicker, Madi c.........  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Barrow, Laura 2b.........  1  0  0  0   1  1  7  0   0
Metzler, Gina lf.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Totals................... 20  1  2  1   4  9 21 11   5

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Michigan............ 000 000 0 -  0  4  0
Nebraska............ 001 000 X -  1  2  0
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DP - Huskers 1. LOB - Wolverines 7; Huskers 5. 2B - Blanco(9); Armstrong(4).
HBP - Vargas. SH - Susalla(2); Blanco(3); Montemarano(2). SB - Lawrence(14);
Christner(5).

Michigan               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Betsa, Megan........  6.0  2  1  1  4  9 20 24 107

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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McClure, Cassie.....  7.0  4  0  0  3  2 21 28 104

Win - McClure (14-6).  Loss - Betsa (12-3).  Save - None.
HBP - by McClure (Vargas). Pitches/strikes: Betsa 107/62; McClure 104/61.
Umpires - HP: Anthony Lewis  1B: Royce Eller  3B: Joe Havenhill
Start: 7:01 pm   Time: 2:04   Attendance: 970
Game: NEB37

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