Voss Three-Hits Creighton To Record Win No. 100
Lincoln -- Nebraska senior All-American Jenny Voss became the 19th player in NCAA history to record 100 career wins Wednesday night when she earned a 3-1 victory over the Creighton Bluejays at the Husker Softball Complex. Voss allowed just three hits, while striking out seven, to keep NU's 18-game home winning streak alive. The Huskers improved to 35-18 with the win and claimed the series title, three games to one, over Creighton.
Neither team advanced past second until the bottom of the third. Amanda Buchholz started things off with a leadoff single to center field. Kim Ogee then drew a walk to bring up Ginger Taylor. Taylor sacrificed Buchholz and Ogee to third and second, respectively, which allowed Creighton to intentionally walk Jennifer Lizama to load up the bases. Amber Burgess brought in the first run by drawing a walk from Creighton pitcher Kristan Melton. A double play ended the inning, but not before the Huskers could put their first run on the board. The 'Jays advanced a runner as far as third in the top of the fourth before she was picked off on the throw from Burgess to third baseman Leigh Suhr. Creighton wasn't so careless in the top of the fifth. Ashlee Trapp hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on Rebecca Goodspeed's ground out. After Temple Windhorst was hit by a pitch, in one of Voss' only miscues, Sami Herbster loaded up the bases when NU second baseman Jamie Fuente committed a rare error. Creighton's next batter, Marie Gieron brought the 'Jays lone run home on a grounder that Trapp beat out at home. Voss retired the next two batters to send the game into the bottom of the fifth all tied up. Neither team could break the tie in the next two half innings, but Nebraska took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Leadoff hitter Jenifer Williams reached on an error by the third baseman and advanced to third when Creighton misplayed Suhr's bunt, leaving runners on the corners. Buchholz then laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score Williams from third. Ogee repeated Buchholz' feat, laying down another squeeze bunt, this time scoring Suhr from third. Voss retired Creighton in order in the top of the seventh to pick up win number 100.
Voss wasn't the only Husker to record a milestone Wednesday night. Lizama drew three walks, including one intentional, to break Ali Viola's school walk record of 116. Lizama drew walk number 117 in the fifth inning of the game to claim her third career record (stolen bases and runs scored).
Nebraska will return to conference play on Saturday with a doubleheader at Texas A&M beginning at 2 p.m. The Huskers currently stand at 9-2 and second in the conference, while the Aggies are at 5-4 and fourth in the league.