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5 Things We Learned from Huskers’ Series Loss to Michigan

April 03, 2023

It was a rough weekend for the Nebraska softball team as the Huskers hosted Michigan for a three-game set in Lincoln.

Each team exchanged run-rule victories in the first two games and Michigan took the rubber match on Sunday by a score of 4-2.

Nebraska couldn’t figure out Michigan pitcher Lauren Derkowski. The sophomore right-hander earned two complete-game victories, struck out 13 batters and allowed three runs in 12 innings of work.

Brooke Andrews continued to produce at the plate with her ninth home run of the season. Ava Bredwell hit her second of the year, first since March 4, and Sydney Gray hit her first.

Nebraska dropped to 5-3 in conference play and is sitting in fifth in the Big Ten standings. The Huskers head to Maryland this weekend with game times set for 5 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Mental mistakes happen

The Huskers, on paper, don’t commit many errors. They have a .972 fielding percentage which is good for third in the Big Ten, Maryland and Rutgers lead with a .973 and .976.

Those numbers are great but don’t reflect mental mistakes like throwing to a base to try and get a lead-runner out instead of getting the for-sure out.

Make the adjustments

Derkowski is successful because of her off-speed pitches, specifically her change. The Huskers knew it was coming and still couldn’t make the adjustment.

The book is out now for the Husker lineup and the inability to sit change and make the adjustments to an off-speed pitcher.

Caneda moves up in lineup

After spending the majority of the season in the bottom third of the lineup, head coach Rhonda Revelle moved Katelyn Caneda up to the two-hole this past weekend. She finished the weekend 5-for-8 with a run scored and one run batted in.

Wallace leading Big Ten

Courtney Wallace continuers to be the ace of the Husker pitching staff. She holds a 16-7 record and 3.19 ERA. She has made 28 appearances, 19 starts, and has logged 129.2 innings.

She leads the Big Ten in innings pitched and wins.

Two-out rallies are contagious

On Saturday, Nebraska scored six runs in the fifth inning on two outs which included a pair of two-run home runs.

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