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Nebraska Softball’s Season Ends With Shutout Loss to North Texas

May 21, 2022

On Saturday night, North Texas returned the favor Nebraska had given it just over 24 hours earlier. 

In a higher-stakes Stillwater Regional rematch, the Mean Green won 3-0 to end the Huskers’ season. 

Yesterday, Nebraska won by that same score. The Huskers lost 7-4 to Oklahoma State earlier today while North Texas eliminated Fordham to force the round two with elimination on the line. 

The first two innings went by without any runs by either team. Sophomore Billie Andrews led off by getting on base for the third straight game, this time with a single. However, senior Cam Ybarra followed it up by grounding into a double play and the Huskers didn’t record another hit until the fifth inning. They had two baserunners in that same span on walks. 

For Nebraska, Courtney Wallace made her second start of the day and third appearance in the regional round. She had a strong first two innings, striking out four North Texas batters and not allowing a single baserunner. 

That changed in the bottom of the third. With one out, Sydney Ingle hit a single and advanced to second on the following groundout. 

Lexi Cobb, who has a .405 batting average but didn’t record a hit in the first matchup, smacked an RBI double to put the Mean Green up a run. On the following at-bat, first baseman Mya Felder committed a rare error that allowed another runner to score, instead of the inning ending 1-0. 

The error in question consisted of Felder’s foot not being on the bag before the runner touched first base. The play was reviewed, as the back of her foot appeared to have possibly touched first, but it stood as called. 

In the bottom of the fourth, Nebraska couldn’t get out of the inning safely after two outs once again. Wallace allowed two straight two-out doubles, which prompted her to be pulled for senior Olivia Ferrell, who started the first game against North Texas. 

Ferrell, not having played in the earlier Saturday game against Oklahoma State, performed well once again. She allowed just one baserunner in the final 2.1 innings pitched on a single, striking out two as well. 

Meanwhile, the Mean Green didn’t need a pitching change. Freshman Skylar Savage, who pitched the final 2.1 innings without giving up a run on Friday and earned the save against Fordham, went all seven innings, allowing five baserunners and three hits total.

The last two hits for Nebraska came in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, senior Peyton Glatter led off with a single, but the next three Huskers struck out. Sophomore Abbie Squier hit a one-out single in the final frame and advanced to second on a final pitch, but the game was sealed with a pair of groundouts. 

After a strong season which resulted in Nebraska winning the conference tournament title and appearing in its first NCAA Regional since 2016, the Huskers left the tournament bracket with a single win. 

The biggest change in the postseason came on the offensive side. The Huskers boasted a top-20 scoring offense in the country, averaging over six runs per game, but only topped three runs once after the regular season concluded. Nebraska’s leader in batting average, junior Mya Felder, didn’t reach base once in the final four games. 

In their best scoring postseason game, the Huskers lost 7-4 to regional host Oklahoma State. While the pitching was mostly strong throughout the postseason, it didn’t hold up against the tournament’s No. 7 seed. 

North Texas will now get its shot at the Cowgirls tomorrow, needing to complete the tough task of winning two straight against them to advance to the Super Regionals.

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