Lawrence, Kan. –
The Nebraska softball team (10-12) dropped its first game on Sunday to Tulsa (18-8) by a score of 6-0.
Tulsa’s Samantha Pochop shut down the Huskers. She pitched a complete 7.0 innings and didn’t allow any hits. She only gave up four walks and had seven strikeouts.
Regan Mergele (1-5) started and pitched 5.0 innings. She gave up five runs on seven hits. She didn’t walk a batter and also recorded two strikeouts. Courtney Wallace pitched 2.0 innings of relief. She gave up one run on one hit and also had four walks.
Nebraska had no hits against Tulsa. Tristen Edwards had two walks, while Rylie Unzicker and Madi Unzicker each had one walk.
Tulsa threatened early, getting a runner on third in the first inning. A one-out double put the runner on second and she reached third after tagging on a fly out. However, the Huskers retired the next batter to get out of the inning without allowing a run. In the bottom of the inning, Rylie Unzicker drew a leadoff walk. She stole second and reached third on a wild pitch. She looked to score on a ground ball, but the Tulsa defense got her out at home. A strikeout ended the inning, with one Husker runner left on base.
Tulsa took a 2-0 lead in the third. Nebraska retired the first two batters, but Tulsa got three straight hits, including a pair of doubles.
Nebraska had three base runners in the fourth, but couldn’t score any runs. Edwards drew a one-out walk. Owen reached on a fielder’s choice, but Edwards was out at second on the play. Owen stole second and Madi Unzicker drew another walk to put two runners on, but a ground out ended the inning.
The Hurricane scored three runs in the fifth off three hits, including two home runs.
In the top of the sixth, Tulsa loaded the bases after a hit batter, a single and a walk. Another walk extended the lead to 6-0.
Nebraska was unable to make up the difference.
The Huskers conclude the Rock Chalk Challenge when it plays Kansas this afternoon at approximately 1:35 p.m.