West Lafayette, Ind. – In a back-and-forth battle, the Nebraska softball team (13-24, 2-8 Big Ten) fell to Purdue (29-15, 6-6 Big Ten) on Friday night by a score of 9-4.
Nebraska had five hits on the night. Alyvia Simmons, Tristen Edwards, Samantha Owen, Madi Unzicker and Bri Cassidy each had one hit. Simmons had two RBIs, while Madi Unzicker had one RBI and a double. Edwards and Owen also had doubles, while Cassidy also had an RBI.
Olivia Ferrell (3-5) started and pitched 3.0 innings. She gave up six runs – four earned – on five hits and had one strikeout. Courtney Wallace pitched 3.0 innings of relief. She gave up three runs on three hits.
Purdue’s Kaitlynn Moody improved to 10-6 on the season. She pitched 3.2 innings and gave up four runs – one earned – on five hits. She also had three strikeouts. Sydney Bates picked up her third save of the season, pitching 3.1 innings of relief. She didn’t allow any runs or hits.
Nebraska threatened early. In the top of the first, Edwards hit a one-out double. With two outs, she moved to third on a wild pitch. Walljasper drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Walljasper stole second to put both runners in scoring position, but the Boilermakers got out of the jam with a strikeout. Purdue got on the board in the bottom of the inning after a two-run homer to go up 2-0.