Nebraska 4, Iowa 0

May 20, 2005

Lincoln --- Sophomore Ashley DeBuhr tossed a three-hitter and struck out a career-high 17 as the Nebraska softball team opened the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Iowa Friday at Bowlin Stadium. With the win, the Huskers advanced to Saturday's contest at 1 p.m. against the winner of tonight's Creighton-Washington matchup.

DeBuhr, who improved to 24-19 on the year, recorded her most strikeouts in a regulation game this year and passed her previous career high of 16 set in 9.0 innings against Creighton earlier this season. DeBuhr became the second Husker in program history to record 300 strikeouts in a season, as she struck out the side four times, including twice shutting down six straight by strikeout.

After giving up a single to lead off the bottom of the first, DeBuhr set down 17 straight before Stacy May singled to right with two outs in the sixth. May also led off the game with a single and finished 2-of-3 at the plate. Summer Downs then added another single for the Hawkeyes' only other hit and bring the tying run to the plate, but DeBuhr picked up her 15th strikeout of the game as she got Kylie Murray swinning.

The Husker offense gave DeBuhr all she would need with a run in the top of the second.

With one out, Trisha Tannahill walked before Jamie Waldecker singled to right field off Hawkeye pitcher Lisa Birocci to put runners on first and second. Both runners moved up on a groundout and Tannahill came home for the game's first run when Carmen Kier singled to center. Nebraska looked to add another run with Waldecker at third, but Birocci struck out Cassie Kleinsmith looking to get out of the frame.

The Huskers looked set to add another run with two outs in the second before Birocci got back on track. Lizzy Rock reached on an error and motored around to third when the ball went down the right field line. Shena Lawrick then took her second intentional walk of the year before Birocci got Tannahill out looking.

With one out in the fifth, Anne Steffan beat out a throw at first and Jessica Yoachim reached on a single. Rock then looked to drop down a sacrifice to move the runners, but reached to load the bases when the throw pulled second baseman Summer Downs off the bag. Birocci uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Steffan to score to give the Huskers a 2-0 lead.

With runners at the corners and two outs, Tannahill launched a pitch over the right fielder's head for Nebraska's sixth hit of the game and a 4-0 lead. Ali Arnold then came into the circle and held the Huskers to one hit over the final 2.1 innings.

-- Courtesy Nebraska