Husker Softball Team CWS-Bound, Upsets Oregon

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nebraska is headed to the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2002 after coming back to upset host Oregon 4-2 Sunday night and take their weekend NCAA Super Regional two games to one.

The Huskers face Washington in the opening round of the CWS at 11 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City.

Freshman Emily Lockman (15-5) allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings. Lockman struck out five for the 14th-seeded Huskers (45-14) who fell 4-3 in 11 innings to the third-seeded Ducks (50-11) in the earlier game Sunday, forcing a deciding game since NU won on Saturday.

Gabby Banda and Taylor Edwards both singled and scored to put the Huskers up 2-0 in the top of the first, but Samantha Pappas singled with the bases loaded in the bottom half to even the game at 2.

The Huskers went ahead when Alicia Armstrong's single scored Courtney Breault in the third inning. Mattie Fowler added an insurance run in the sixth inning when her single scored Armstrong.

Pappas' RBI single in the 11th gave Oregon the win in the afternoon game. Pappas scored Janie Takeda, who singled to lead off the inning, then stole second. Reliever Cheridan Hawkins (18-6) went seven innings for the win.

Tatum Edwards hit a home run to lead off the game for the Huskers. Takeda's fielder's choice grounder scored Janelle Lindvall to even the score in the second inning.

Nebraska took the lead in the fourth when Brooke Thomason hit an RBI single before scoring on a throwing error to give the Huskers a 3-1 lead.

Lindvall hit a solo homer for the Ducks in the sixth and Oregon tied it in the top of the seventh when Courtney Ceo went to third on an error and scored on Kaylan Howard's ground out.

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