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Late Rally Pushes Wichita State Past Nebraska
MJ Knighten had three of Nebraska's five hits and one of the Huskers' two RBIs.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
03/20/2017
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Nebraska 
5
7
Wichita St.

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 1 0 1 0 3 0 0   5 5 0
Wichita St. 0 0 0 1 1 5 X   7 6 4
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - Malone (14-6) 2.2 1 0 0 0 2
L - Jablonski (3-9) 0.0 1 3 3 2 0
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI SB HR
MJ Knighten 4 1 3 1 1 0
Alyvia Simmons 4 2 2 0 0 0
Game Notes

Nebraska fell to 0-7 on the road this season...NU has lost 12 consecutive road games dating back to last year...MJ Knighten had three hits, her second straight three-hit game...Alyvia Simmons had two hits...Simmons and Knighten went 5-for-8 out of the No. 1 and 2 spots in the Husker order, while the rest of the lineup was 0-for-19.

Wichita, Kan. - Wichita State recorded the key hits that eluded Nebraska all night, as the Shockers scored five times in the sixth inning to rally for a 7-5 win over the Husker softball team on Monday night.

Nebraska benefitted from four Wichita State errors but could never deliver the timely hit to fully take advantage of the miscues. On the flip side, Wichita State took advantage of three consecutive walks to begin the sixth inning, erasing a three-run deficit with a two-run single and a two-run triple.

The late loss snapped Nebraska's season-high three-game winning streak, as the Huskers fell to 7-17 with their 12th consecutive road loss. Wichita State, the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion, won its fourth straight game to improve to 16-10 on the year.

Junior Kaylan Jablonski (3-9) took the loss for Nebraska. Jablonski entered the game in relief and faced three batters in the sixth inning, allowing two walks and a two-run single. She was charged with three earned runs without recording an out. Senior Cassie McClure started and finished the game, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing four runs on only five hits.

Offensively, sophomore Alyvia Simmons went 2-for-4 and scored twice out of the leadoff spot in the Husker lineup, while senior MJ Knighten was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI out of the No. 2 spot in the order. Simmons and Knighten accounted for all five Husker hits, as the rest of the Nebraska lineup was 0-for-19.

Nebraska jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a pair of Wichita State errors. Simmons reached on an error to start the game and another error put Simmons at third base and Knighten on first. The Huskers then executed a double steal, with Knighten staying in a rundown long enough for Simmons to score. Knighten moved to third on a passed ball and was there with no outs, but the Huskers could not get her home.

Another error aided Nebraska in the top of the third. Freshman Alexis Perry reached on an error to begin the inning. Freshman pinch runner Bree Boruff advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Bri Cassidy. Simmons then singled - producing the game's first hit - to put Huskers on first and third with one out. Knighten followed with an RBI single up the middle that scored Boruff to give Nebraska a 2-0 lead. The Huskers had a chance for more but stranded runners at second and third.

Wichita State picked up its first hit with a bunt single to begin the bottom of the third. A single put Shockers on first and second with no outs before McClure retired the next three batters.

The Shockers then pulled within one when Macklin Hitz led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run.

In the top of the sixth, Cassidy walked with one out before Simmons and Knighten followed with consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. That brought Katie Malone into the circle and McClure helped herself with an RBI ground out that pushed the lead to 3-1. Wichita State's fourth error of the game then resulted in Simmons and Knighten scoring on an errant throw to first base as the Husker lead grew to 5-1.

Wichita State answered back in the bottom of the frame. A leadoff single, a walk and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. Junior Laura Barrow then made an outstanding stop on a ground ball up the middle and Perry made a great stretch at first base for a huge second out, although one run did score on the play to cut the lead to 5-2. Madison Perrigan, the Shockers' cleanup hitter, then hit a fly ball into a strong wind in left field. The wind knocked down the ball, but junior Austen Urness came in to make a diving catch to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nebraska walked the first three batters of the inning - one by McClure and two by Jablonski, who entered the game after a leadoff four-pitch walk. A two-run single then cut the lead to 5-4 and after Jablonski fell behind the next batter, 2-0, the Huskers re-entered McClure. McClure, inheriting a a 3-0 count after Wichita State was awarded a ball for an extra warmup pitch from McClure, worked the count full before McKenzie Adams delivered her third hit of the game, a two-run triple that put the Shockers in front 6-5. Adams then scored on a sacrifice fly from Mackenzie Wright to add an insurance run.

The Huskers brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the second following a two-out single from Knighten, but a lineout ended the comeback bid.

Following its quick trip to Wichita, the Huskers return to Lincoln for four home games this week, beginning with matchup against Omaha at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium.

Box Score

                             2017 Nebraska Softball
                           Nebraska at Wichita State
                Mar 20, 2017 at Wichita, Kan. (Wilkins Stadium)

Nebraska 5 (7-17)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Alyvia Simmons cf........  4  2  2  0   0  1  0  0   0
MJ Knighten 3b...........  4  1  3  1   0  0  2  2   0
Cassie McClure p/dp......  4  0  0  1   0  0  0  1   1
Austen Urness lf.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   2
Kaylan Jablonski dp/p....  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Tristen Edwards rf.......  2  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  3   0
Alexis Perry 1b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  9  0   0
 Bree Boruff pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  1   0
 Taylor Otte pr..........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Rachel Arthur ss.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   0
Totals................... 27  5  5  2   2  3 18 10   4

Wichita State 7 (16-10)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Wright, Mackenzie 3b.....  2  0  1  1   1  0  4  3   0
Spring, Kelli lf/2b......  2  0  0  0   1  0  2  0   0
Derrico, Laurie ss.......  4  0  0  1   0  1  1  2   0
Perrigan, Madison c......  3  0  0  0   0  0  4  3   4
Hitz, Macklin 1b.........  2  1  1  1   1  0  6  0   0
 Long, Kennedy pr........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jamele, Mauriana 2b......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kelsheimer, Cassidy dp..  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Buck, Ryleigh dp........  0  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Luellen, Paige dp/rf.....  1  1  0  0   2  0  1  0   0
Johnson, Ashley cf.......  3  1  1  2   0  0  1  0   1
Adams, McKenzie rf/lf....  3  2  3  2   0  0  2  0   0
Brooks, Jenni p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Malone, Katie p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 22  7  6  7   6  1 21  9   5

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 101 030 0 -  5  5  0
Wichita State....... 000 115 X -  7  6  4
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E - Wright, M.; Spring, K.; Perrigan, M.; Hitz, M.. LOB - Huskers 4;
Shockers 5. 3B - Adams, M.. HR - Hitz, M.. SH - Cassidy(2); Spring, K.. SF -
Wright, M.. SB - Simmons(3); Knighten 2(8); Spring, K.. CS - Edwards(1).

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Cassie McClure......  6.0  5  4  4  4  1 21 27  97
Kaylan Jablonski....  0.0  1  3  3  2  0  1  3  17

Wichita State          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Brooks, Jenni.......  4.1  4  5  1  2  1 17 20  75
Malone, Katie.......  2.2  1  0  0  0  2 10 10  32

Win - Malone, K. (14-6).  Loss - Jablonski (3-9).  Save - None.
PB - Perrigan, M.. Pitches/strikes: McClure 97/55; Jablonski 17/7; Brooks, J.
75/46; Malone, K. 32/25.
Umpires - HP: Brad Eberhardt  1B: Aaron Eller  3B: Teresa Gumm
Start: 5:04 pm   Time: 2:13   Attendance:
Jablonski faced 3 batters in the 6th.
Game: NEB24

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