Nebraska Thumps Missouri 11-4, 8-1

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Four home runs powered 19th-ranked Nebraska to an 11-4 win over No. 15 Missouri in an NCAA Regional Sunday afternoon in Columbia, forcing a second game that was also won by the Huskers 8-1.

The Huskers jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two batters into the bottom of the first of the opener as Alicia Armstrong led off with a single before Hailey Decker sent a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left.

An NU error allowed the Tigers to cut into the lead in the top of the second. Corrin Genovese led off with a single and stole second as no one covered the base allowing Genovese to advance to third when catcher Taylor Edwards' throw went into center field. Genovese scored on a sacrifice fly to trim the lead to 2-1.

In the top of the third, an infield single and another Husker error gave Missouri runners at first and second with one out. The error loomed large as a strikeout should have ended the inning, but the Tigers took advantage of the extra out when Angela Randazzo lined a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left to put Missouri on top 3-2.

Nebraska answered right back, scoring seven times in the bottom of the frame. Similar to the first inning, Armstrong began with a single before Decker again blasted a two-run homer. Tatum Edwards, MJ Knighten and Kylee Muir all singled to load the bases with one out before Kiki Stokes worked a walk to force in a run and give the Huskers a 5-3 lead. NU made it 6-3 on a sacrifice fly from Dawna Tyson before Austen Urness lined a three-run homer for a 9-3 advantage.

The Huskers (43-16) added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Taylor Edwards hit Nebraska's fourth homer of the game, a one-out solo shot to left. Knighten followed with a single and scored from second on a two-out, single from Stokes that gave Nebraska an 11-3 lead and brought the run-rule into effect.

Missouri (43-17) took the run-rule out of play in the top of the fifth. Three consecutive singles and an RBI double made it 11-4.

Tatum Edwards (24-11) earned a complete-game victory, allowing only one earned run and nine hits while striking out three. Alora Marble (7-2) went the distance as well, charged with 11 runs on 13 hits.

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