Regan Mergele earned her first Division I win against CSUN on Sunday morning.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Smash CSUN, 9-1

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
9
1
CSUN

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5   R H E
CSUN 0 0 1 0 0   1 4 0
Nebraska 0 7 1 1 0   9 13 1
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - R. Mergele (1-1) 4.0 4 1 1 0 4
L - T. Troost (0-2) 1.0 3 3 2 1 1
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
Tristen Edwards 3 1 3 1 0 0
Bri Cassidy 2 1 1 3 0 1
Game Notes

Nebraska had a season high runs and hits against CSUN.

Nebraska scored seven runs in the second inning and sent 12 batters to the plate.

All nine Husker starters got at least one hit against CSUN.

Bri Cassidy hit a three-run homer in the second inning. It was her second of the season. She also has six RBIs this season.

Bri Cassidy's two home runs and six RBIs this season are more than her first two seasons combined. 

Ally Riley had her career debut today, coming in to catch for Bri Cassidy. She also got her first career at bat against CSUN.

Tempe, Ariz. In an impressive performance both offensively and defensively, the Nebraska softball team dominated CSUN, 9-1, in five innings on Sunday morning as part of the Kajikawa Classic. It's the Huskers' first of two games today. 

Regan Mergele got her first Division I win, pitching four innings and giving up just four hits and one earned run. She also recorded four strikeouts. Sydney McCleod came in to pitch one inning of relief for the Huskers. She struck out one and didn't allow a hit. 

Offensively, every starter got at least one hit against the Matadors. Tristen Edwards led the way with three hits, one run and one RBI. Bri Cassidy hit a three-run homer, her second of the season. Alyvia Simmons and Lexey Kneib each had two hits on the day as well. 

In the second, the Huskers sent 12 batters to the base and scored seven runs. NU got two runners in scoring position with no outs after Metzler singled to left field and Kneib reached on an error. Both runners then stole a base to set up a great opportunity for Cassidy. Cassidy took advantage and smacked the eighth pitch of the at bat over the center field fence for a three-run homer to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, Otte singled to the right and Edwards followed with another single to put runners on first and second for Madi Unzicker. Unzicker doubled down the left line to score both runners and advanced to third on the throw. Jablonski then drilled one through a gap on the right side to score Unzicker. Another single by Simmons put runners on first and second. The next batter was ruled out for being out of the box, putting Kneib back up at the plate. She singled to left field to score Jablonski. CSUN got out of the inning with a strikeout, but not before the Huskers did some serious damage.

The Matadors scored one run in the top of the third after a single, a wild pitch and a double to center field. 

The Huskers added one run in the bottom of the third. Otte reached first on a fielder's choice and then stole second. Edwards then singled to the left side to score Otte and give Nebraska a 8-0 lead at the end of the third.

The Huskers added another run in the bottom of the fourth after Metzler reached on a fielder's choice and Kneib doubled to center field. 

The Huskers play their final game of the Kajikawa Classic against Seattle at 12:30 p.m. CT. 

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                                CSUN vs Nebraska
              Feb 11, 2018 at Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex)

CSUN 1 (1-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Horvath, Savannah ss.....  2  0  1  1   1  0  2  2   0
Cauley, Kira rf..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Alexander, Jessica ph/rf  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Stevens, Megan c/dp......  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Green, Corrin 1b.........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  1   0
Rojas, Journey lf........  2  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0
Soto, Jocelin 3b.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gonzalez, Haileigh 2b....  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   1
LaPierre, Jessica dp/c...  1  0  0  0   0  1  4  0   0
 Martinez, Julianna ph...  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Babbitt, Mackenzie cf....  2  1  1  0   0  1  1  0   0
Troost, Taylor p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jamerson, Kenedee p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 James, Jillian p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 19  1  4  1   1  5 12  4   4

Nebraska 9 (4-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Taylor Otte cf...........  3  2  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Tristen Edwards ss.......  3  1  3  1   0  0  1  0   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  3  1  1  2   0  1  4  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski dp......  2  1  1  1   1  0  0  0   1
Alyvia Simmons rf........  3  0  2  0   0  1  2  0   2
 Rylie Unzicker pr/lf....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gina Metzler lf..........  3  2  1  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Bree Boruff rf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Lexey Kneib 3b...........  3  1  2  2   0  0  1  2   0
 Sarah Yocom pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Bri Cassidy c............  2  1  1  3   0  1  2  0   2
 Ally Riley c............  1  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  3   1
Regan Mergele p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Sydney McLeod p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 26  9 13  9   1  3 15  6   6

Score by Innings               R  H  E
--------------------------------------
CSUN................ 001 00 -  1  4  1
Nebraska............ 071 1X -  9 13  1
--------------------------------------

E - Green, C.; Kneib(1). LOB - Matadors 4; Huskers 6. 2B - Horvath, S.; M.
Unzicker(1); Kneib(2). HR - Cassidy(2). SB - Otte(2); Edwards(2);
Metzler(2); Kneib(1).

CSUN                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Troost, Taylor......  1.0  3  3  2  1  1  7  8  35
Jamerson, Kenedee...  0.1  5  4  3  0  0  6  6  21
James, Jillian......  2.2  5  2  2  0  2 13 13  49

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Regan Mergele.......  4.0  4  1  1  0  4 16 16  62
Sydney McLeod.......  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  4  18

Win - Mergele (1-1).  Loss - Troost, T. (0-2).  Save - None.
WP - Mergele 2(2). Pitches/strikes: Troost, T. 35/21; Jamerson, K. 21/13; James,
J. 49/33; Mergele 62/46; McLeod 18/9.
Umpires - HP: Brett Higgins  1B: Bill Plante  3B: Megan Rabin
Start: 9:59 CT   Time: 1:43   Attendance:
Weather: partly cloudy
Troost, T. faced 3 batters in the 2nd.
Game: NEB5

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