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Huskers Look to Bounce Back at Rock Chalk Challenge

By NU Athletic Communications

LINCOLN The Nebraska softball team (10-9) continues competition on the road this weekend when it travels back to the state of Kansas for the Rock Chalk Challenge, hosted by KU. Nebraska will play Tulsa and Kansas twice for a total of four games. On Saturday, Nebraska plays Tulsa at 11 a.m. followed by a game against Kansas at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nebraska’s schedule is the same.

Last Time Out
Nebraska looks to bounce back this weekend after being swept by Wichita State March 9-10 in Kansas. The Shockers outscored the Huskers, 23-8, over the three-game series and also pitched a no-hitter in game two of the series. Tristen Edwards led Nebraska over the weekend at the plate going 3-for-8 (.375) with one run, one homer and four RBIs.

Scouting Tulsa
Tulsa enters the weekend with a 14-8 record. The Hurricane are coming off its best win of the season, after knocking off No. 14 Arkansas on Wednesday in its mid-week game. Tulsa topped the Razorbacks 2-1 in Arkansas. The Hurricane have won four of their last five games dating back to March 2. Tulsa is hitting .264 as a team. Julia Hollingsworth leads the team with a .468 average through 19 starts. She has a team high 29 hits and three triples. She also has 14 runs, which rank second on the team, one double and nine RBIs. Josie Muffley is also hitting above .400, with a .434 average. Muffley has made 20 starts and played in 21 games. She has a team-best 18 runs and also has 23 hits, six doubles, one homer and 12 RBIs.

In the circle, Chenise Delce leads the Hurricane with an ERA of 1.84 through nine starts. She has a 5-3 record and has pitched a team-high 53.1 innings. She also has 44 strikeouts. Kassidy Scott (4-1) has an ERA of 2.86 and has pitched 44.0 innings, which ranks second on the team. She’s made five starts and 13 appearances and has a team-high three saves. She also has 28 strikeouts. Samantha Pochop (4-4) has pitched 37.2 innings, which ranks third on the team. However, Pochop has a team-high 46 strikeouts. She also has a two solo shutouts and a team-high four complete games. Pochop has an ERA of 2.97.

As a team, Tulsa is fielding .945, averaging 1.6 errors a game. The Hurricane have given up 24 unearned runs this season.

Scouting Kansas
Kansas enters the Rock Chalk Challenge with a 5-17 record. The Jayhawks are getting a full week off after their mid-week game against Omaha on Tuesday was rescheduled for next week due to weather. Most recently, KU hosted the Jayhawk Invitational March 8-10. Kansas went 1-3 over the weekend and had one game canceled. The Jayhawks defeated Maine but lost to Southeastern Missouri twice and UMKC.

As a team, Kansas is hitting .251. Shelby Gayre, Madison Kykes and Brynn Minor are all hitting above .300. Gayre leads the way with a .383 average. She also has six runs, three doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs. Sykes leads the starters with a .368 average. She has a team-high 25 hits and 12 RBIs. She also has eight runs, four doubles and two home runs. Minor is hitting .321. She has nine hits, one run and five RBIs.

A double threat, Minor also leads the KU pitching staff. She’s carried most of the load this season, pitching 71.0 innings - nearly half of the team’s total (142.2 innings). She’s made 15 appearances, including 10 starts and four complete games. She also has the team’s only shutout. Minor has a record of 2-9 and an ERA of 3.85. She also has 33 strikeouts and has KU’s two saves this season. Lexy Mills has seen the second-most action in the circle for the Jayhawks. However, she leads the team with 41 strikeouts. Mills has a 2-4 record and a 5.67 ERA. She’s pitched 33.1 innings, made 12 appearances and seven starts. She’s also pitched one complete game.

Follow the Huskers
A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com and the official Huskers App for all of Nebraska’s games this season. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter (@HuskerSoftball).

Wallace Making Moves

Freshman utility player Courntey Wallace has proved to be a valuable weapon for Nebraska at multiple positions. The Omaha, Neb., native has made 14 starts and has played in all but one game for Nebraska. 
Wallace has made starts at four different positions this season, including pitcher (three starts), third base (five starts), designated player (five starts) and most recenlty, left field (one start). Wallace is one of two players to make starts at more than two positions this season and the only one to make starts at four positions. 

Opponent Ties

The Huskers will see a familair face this weekend, as former Husker infielder Alexis Perry now plays for Tulsa. Perry made 57 starts and appeared in 66 games for Nebraska over two seasons. The Oklahoma native has started every game this season for Tulsa. Kansas pitcher/utility player Brynn Minor spent two seasons at Butler County Community College with current Husker pitcher Regan Mergele. The duo dominated the junior college ranks, helping Butler win back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Mergele was named the NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Year, while Minor was the NJCAA National Player of the Year. 

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