Bri Cassidy gave Nebraska some breathing room with a two-run, sixth-inning double.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Blank Bluejays, 4-0

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Senior Cassie McClure fired a four-hit shutout and the Husker offense came alive late in a 4-0 win over Creighton on Friday night in the first game of the Big Red Fall Classic at Bowlin Stadium.

In the circle, McClure allowed only three singles and one walk in the game, while striking out six. McClure surrendered only one hit after the third inning and Creighton never got a runner past second base in the game.

Offensively, Nebraska had only one hit through the first four innings before finally cracking the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Austen Urness led off with a single to begin the inning and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Bri Cassidy. Freshman Alexis Perry then doubled to the wall in left to bring Urness home with the game's first run.

The Huskers added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Nebraska loaded the bases with one out after McClure was hit by a pitch and freshman Lexey Kneib and junior Laura Barrow reached on back-to-back singles. Urness then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score senior pinch runner Lotte Sjulin. Then with two outs, Cassidy sent a 3-2 pitch to the gap in right center for a two-run double that pushed the Husker lead to 4-0.

The four runs were more than enough support for McClure, who retired 11 of the final 13 batters she faced.

Nebraska returns to action on Saturday, when the Huskers face Omaha at 4 p.m. in the third game of the day at Bowlin Stadium.

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