Bloomington, Ind. – The Nebraska softball team (21-31) battled back and forth with Illinois (32-22) on Thursday in the first round of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, but ultimately fell to by a score of 6-4. The Huskers trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but never gave up. Nebraska scored two runs and brought the winning run to the plate twice, before Illinois snatched the victory. With the loss, the Huskers’ 2019 season comes to a close.
Alyvia Simmons was impressive in the final game of her career, going 2-for-4 with one run. Samantha Owen went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, one run and three RBIs. As a team, Nebraska recorded nine hits. Peyton Glatter recorded two hits as well, while Tristen Edwards, Lindsey Walljasper, and Madi Unzicker each had one. The Huskers had a lot of opportunities to score runs, but couldn’t come through in the big moments, leaving 10 runners on base.
Courtney Wallace (4-7) started and pitched 5.0 innings. She gave up three runs – two earned – on seven hits. Wallace also had one walk and three strikeouts. Lindsey Walljasper pitched 2.0 innings of relief. She gave up three runs on five hits.