Sat, Aug 31 Win vs Wyoming 37-34
Sat, Sept 7 Win vs Southern Miss 56-13
Sat, Sept 14 Loss vs UCLA 21-41
Sat, Sept 21 Win vs. South Dakota State 59-20
Sat, Oct 5 Win vs. Illinois 39-19
Sat, Oct 12 Win vs. Purdue 44-7
Sat, Oct 26 Loss vs. Minnesota 23-34
Sat, Nov 2 Win vs. Northwestern 27-24
Sat, Nov 9 Win vs. Michigan 17-13
Sat, Nov 16 Loss vs. Mchigan State 41-28
Sat, Nove 23 Win vs.Penn State 23-20
Fri, Nov 29 Loss vs. Iowa in Lincoln 17-38
Sat, Aug 30 Florida Atlantic (Home)
Sat, Sept 6 McNeese State (Home)
Sat, Sept 13 Fresno State (Away)
Sat, Sept 20 Miami Hurricanes (Home)
Sat, Sept 27 Illinois (Home)
Sat, Oct 11 Bye Week
Sat, Oct 4 Michigan State (Away)
Sat, Oct 18 Northwestern (Away)
Sat, October 25 Rutgers (Home)
Sat, Nov 1 Purdue (Home)
Sat, Nov 8 Bye Week
Sat, Nov 15 Wisconsin (Away)
Sat, Nov 22 Minnesota (Home)
Fri, Nov 28 Iowa (Away)
Sat, Dec 6 Big Ten Championship
The 14th-seeded Nebraska softball team makes its seventh appearance in the Women’s College World Series this week, opening the tournament at 11 a.m. on Thursday against 11th-seeded Washington.
Nebraska, the lowest remaining seed of the eight teams who advanced to Oklahoma City, earned a spot in the field by winning two of three games against No. 3 Oregon in last week’s NCAA Super Regional in Eugene, Ore.
Playing in its first NCAA Super Regional in school history, the Huskers snapped the Ducks’ nation-leading 24-game home winning streak on Saturday, then rebounded from a disappointing 11-inning game two loss on Sunday to earn a 4-2 victory over the Ducks in the rubber match of the series. With the win, Nebraska advanced to its seventh Women’s College World Series in school history, its first since 2002 and its third under 21st-year Head Coach Rhonda Revelle.
The Huskers have relied on pitching, defense and timely hitting to advance this far. Nebraska boasts the nation’s ninth-best ERA at 1.78, a mark that ranks fourth among the eight-team Women’s College World Series field. Behind the pitching staff, the Husker defense ranks 35th nationally with a .970 fielding percentage, and Nebraska has turned a nation-leading 48 double plays, 26 more than any other team in Oklahoma City and as many as the next two highest teams combined (ASU and Washington).
From a hitting standpoint, Nebraska is batting .312 (24-for-77) with runners on base in the NCAA Tournament and .339 (19-for-56) with runners in scoring position. The Huskers have produced 18 of their 31 RBIs with two outs, while plating 20 of their 33 postseason runs with two outs (61 percent).
Junior right-hander Tatum Edwards, the 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, has been outstanding in the postseason. She has started five of Nebraska’s six NCAA Tournament games, throwing a complete game each time, including one shutout. Edwards is 4-1 with 1.62 ERA in 39.0 postseason innings. Included in her four victories are two wins over No. 13 Stanford and one win over third-ranked Oregon. As good as Edwards was, it was freshman Emily Lockman who earned the series-clinching victory for NU. Lockman allowed two first-inning runs and nothing the rest of the way in a complete-game victory at No. 3 Oregon in game three of the super regional in her postseason debut.
Offensively, senior Brooke Thomason has collected seven hits, including one double and two homers, and driven in 10 runs in six NCAA Tournament games. Freshman Alicia Armstrong leads NU with a .474 average in the postseason (9-for-19), while senior Gabby Banda owns an 11-game hitting streak.
Scouting the Washington Huskies (43-15)
Nebraska takes on a Pac-12 opponent for the sixth consecutive game in its Women’s College World Series opener, facing off against No. 11 seed Washington. The Huskies are 43-15 this season and have breezed through the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Washington is 5-0 in the postseason, outscoring its opponents 15-2, including a two-game sweep at No. 6 Missouri in the NCAA Super Regional. Nebraska and Washington share 11 common opponents this season in Arizona, Cal, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska-Omaha, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Stanford. The Huskers posted a 15-8 record against that group, while the Huskies went 12-7.
Offensively, Washington is hitting .309 as a team while averaging 5.9 runs per game. The Huskies rank among the top 30 offenses nationally in scoring (23rd), average (24th) and slugging percentage (28th). Washington has scored two runs or less in four of its five NCAA Tournament games, averaging 3.0 runs per game in the postseason.
Individually, Victoria Hayward is one of seven Washington regulars hitting above .300. She leads the team with a .380 average, five triples and 21 stolen bases, while adding six doubles, five homers and 21 RBIs. Kaitlin Inglesby is hitting .361 with eight doubles and team-high totals of 11 homers and 60 RBIs, ranking 31st nationally in RBIs. Hooch Fagaly is batting .348 with 10 homers, 47 RBIs and a team-high 41 walks. Kylee Lahners is hitting .306 with nine homers and 42 RBIs, while Kelli Suguro boasts a .304 average. Inglesby, Hayward and Fagaly were each first-team all-region and All-Pac-12 selections.
Defensively, Washington is allowing an average of 2.7 runs per game, but the Huskies have allowed just two runs in their five NCAA Tournament games (0.4 runs per game). UW boasts the nation’s second-best fielding percentage at .981. The staff owns a 2.56 ERA that ranks 58th nationally, the lowest ranking of any team in the Women’s College World Series field and the only team ERA that doesn’t rank among the top 40 nationally.
Inglesby and Bryana Walker have split the majority of the innings for Washington this season. Inglesby is 22-7 with a 1.87 ERA in 168.1 innings. She has thrown 12 complete games among her 18 starts, tossing four shutouts while striking out 130 and limiting opposing hitters to a .228 average. Walker is 19-7 on the year with a 2.81 ERA in a team-high 172.0 innings. She has started a team-high 33 games and struck out 196 batters. Opponents are hitting just .217 against her, but have homered 25 times. Kasey Stanchek (2-1, 3.92 ERA in 30.1 IP) and Jocelyn Cater (0-0, 9.00 ERA in 4.2 IP) round out the Washington staff.
Husker History at the Women’s College World Series
Nebraska is making its seventh official trip to the Women’s College World Series, not including its 1985 runner-up finish which was vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The Huskers have won at least one game in each of their first six trips to the WCWS, finishing no worse than a tie for fifth place each time. Nebraska is 8-12 (.400) all-time in the Women’s College World Series, including a 3-3 record in its first game of the tournament.
NU is making its seventh NCAA Women’s College World Series appearance in school history and first since 2002.
The Huskers won their first NCAA Regional title since 2002 this year and their first NCAA Super Regional title ever.
Nebraska’s 45 wins this season are its most since 2004 (45) and tie for the fifth-most victories in school history.
NU’s non-conference schedule was the toughest in the nation according to the NCAA RPI.
NU’s roster features seven freshmen, tying for the most freshmen in Coach Revelle’s 21 seasons (also 2008).
NU’s starting lineup has featured at least three freshmen in every game, including 16 games with five freshmen.
The freshmen have combined for 36 extra-base hits, the eighth-highest total by a freshman class in NU history.
Nebraska has allowed one run or less in 29 of its 59 games this season, including 16 shutouts.
Gabby Banda needs one walk to break a four-way tie and own the school record outright for walks in a season (41).
Courtney Breault enters the Women’s College World Series with 99 career RBIs.
Tatum Edwards needs one more win to tie for the most victories ever by a Husker junior (31).
The Edwards twins have homered in the same game nine times in their careers, including twice in 2013.
Head Coach Rhonda Revelle has won 799 games at Nebraska, one shy of 800.
The Big Ten has two teams competing in the WCWS (Nebraska and Michigan) for the first time since 2001.
Nebraska has played five consecutive games against Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament, going 4-1.
The Huskers had lost seven straight NCAA Tournament games to Pac-12 teams and been just 7-19 all-time against the league in the postseason before its success in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The Big Ten as a conference is 6-2 against the Pac-12 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
One more home run from Brooke Thomason would give Nebraska three players with double-digit home runs in the same season for the first time in school history. It would also give NU three players with 10 doubles and 10 homers in the same season for the first time in school history.