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Tatum Edwards earned the win in her first appearance in 13 games.
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          Release: 03/24/2012
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Nebraska Completes Sweep of Northwestern

Lincoln - A six-run fourth inning and a solid outing from Tatum Edwards powered the Nebraska softball team to its eighth straight win, as the Huskers completed a three-game sweep of Northwestern with an 8-1 victory in Saturday's second game at Bowlin Stadium.

Nebraska's six-run outburst turned a 2-1 lead into a comfortable 8-1 advantage after four innings of play. The big inning marked the seventh time in the three-game series that the Huskers had scored more than one run in an inning.

The big inning also provided plenty of cushion for Edwards, a sophomore right-hander. Making her first appearance in 13 games and her first start since Feb. 25, Edwards (5-2) held a powerful Northwestern offense at bay. In a complete-game effort, Edwards fired a five-hitter, did not allow an earned run and struck out six.

Offensively, junior Gabby Banda went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. It was Banda's seventh three-hit game of the year and her fourth in the last seven contests. Tatum Edwards added two hits at the plate, while junior Brooke Thomason produced a pair of RBIs.

For the first time all series, Nebraska scored first, plating two runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Nikki Haget worked a leadoff walk and Banda followed with a bunt single. The Huskers then loaded the bases with one out when Thomason reached on a one-out error. Tatum Edwards brought Haget home with an RBI single to right for the game's first run. Senior Ashley Guile then scored Banda with a bases-loaded walk.

Northwestern got a run back in the top of the second with the help of a Husker error that prolonged the inning long enough for Mari Majam to produce a two-out, RBI single.

Neither team threatened again until the Huskers loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Courtney Breault was hit by a pitch to begin the frame before back-to-back errors loaded the bases. Banda then drove in freshman pinch runner Jordan Bettiol with an RBI single up the middle to give Nebraska a 3-1 lead. Thomason then ripped a two-run double to right to stretch the lead to 5-1. Freshman Mattie Fowler made it 6-1 with a clutch two-out, RBI single. A bases loaded walk to Breault forced in another run to stretch the lead to six, before an illegal pitch scored the sixth run of the inning.

Edwards then retired Northwestern in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and ended the game retiring 14 of the final 15 hitters.

Nebraska *19-12, 3-0 Big Ten) wraps up a seven-game homestand on Wednesday with a single game against South Dakota State at 5 p.m.

Box Score

                             2012 Nebraska Softball
                       Northwestern at Nebraska (Game 2)
                 Mar 24, 2012 at Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)

Northwestern 1 (11-17,0-3 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Allard, Emily ss.........  4  0  1  0   0  2  2  0   3
Scharkey, Kristin cf.....  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Monka, Adrienne 1b.......  2  0  1  0   0  0  7  0   0
Bast, Marisa 3b..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  2   1
Duehr, Olivia rf.........  2  0  0  0   1  1  1  0   0
Letourneau, Amy dp/p.....  2  1  0  0   0  1  0  1   2
 Tyler, Jenny p..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Albanese, Sammy p/dp.....  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Edwards, Anna 2b.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  5   0
Majam, Mari lf...........  2  0  1  1   0  1  1  0   0
Tonz, Paige c............  0  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
Totals................... 25  1  5  1   1  6 18  8   6

Nebraska 8 (19-12,3-0 Big Ten)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Haget, Nikki cf..........  2  2  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
Banda, Gabby 3b..........  4  2  3  1   0  0  1  1   0
Edwards, Taylor c........  3  0  0  0   1  0  7  1   1
 Workman, Haley pr.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Thomason, Brooke rf......  3  1  1  2   1  0  0  0   1
Edwards, Tatum p.........  4  0  2  1   0  1  0  2   0
 Southworth, Megan pr....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Guile, Ashley 1b.........  2  1  0  1   2  0  8  0   0
Fowler, Mattie ss........  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  3   1
Breault, Courtney 2b.....  2  0  0  1   1  1  4  1   4
 Bettiol, Jordan pr......  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Drake, Madison lf........  3  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
Hagemann, Ashley dp......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 27  8  7  7   6  2 21  8   9

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Northwestern........ 010 000 0 -  1  5  3
Nebraska............ 200 600 X -  8  7  1
-----------------------------------------

E - Allard, E.(15); Albanese, S.(3); Edwards, A.(7); Guile(5). LOB -
Wildcats 6; Huskers 9. 2B - Albanese, S.(2); Thomason(8). HBP - Monka, A.;
Breault. SH - Majam, M.(2); Haget(3). CS - Allard, E.(3).

Northwestern           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Albanese, Sammy.....  3.1  5  7  3  3  2 17 22  71
Letourneau, Amy.....  0.2  1  1  0  2  0  3  5  23
Tyler, Jenny........  2.0  1  0  0  1  0  7  8  25

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Edwards, Tatum......  7.0  5  1  0  1  6 25 28 111

Win - Edwards, Tat (5-2).  Loss - Albanese, S. (1-3).  Save - None.
HBP - by Edwards, Tat (Monka, A.); by Albanese, S. (Breault). BK -
Letourneau(3). Pitches/strikes: Albanese, S. 71/41; Letourneau 23/9; Tyler, J.
25/16; Edwards, Tat 111/73.
Umpires - HP: Tom Topping  1B: John Orlowski  3B: Matt Titkemeier
Start: 4:18 pm   Time: 2:07   Attendance: 888
Game: NEB31

 

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