No. 20 Nebraska splits doubleheader against North Dakota State
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 20 Nebraska rebounded from a disappointing performance in game one to salvage a doubleheader split with an 11-0 run-rule victory against North Dakota State in game two Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium.
The Huskers scored in each of their four innings at bat, slugging three doubles and three home runs. Junior Tatum Edwards homered twice, while her twin sister Taylor Edwards added a home run of her own. The two-homer game was the fifth of Tatum's career, while the twins each homered in the same game for the ninth time in their careers.
Tatum also excelled in the circle, tossing a three-hit shutout to improve to 13-4 on the year. The win was her sixth consecutive, while Taylor extended her streak to 32 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. The shutout was Edwards' sixth of the season.
The Edwards twins weren't the only stars for the Huskers in game two of the doubleheader. Senior Brooke Thomason drove in three runs, while freshman Dawna Tyson produced two hits and an RBI. Freshman Kiki Stokes, senior Gabby Banda and Taylor each scored a pair of runs, while Tatum scored three runs.
With the win, Nebraska improved to 20-6 on the year, while North Dakota State dropped to 13-13. Krista Menke (4-7) took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) in 1.1 innings.
After being shut out 13-0 in game one, Taylor Edwards put the Huskers on the board early in game two with a two-run homer three batters into the bottom of the first inning.
Freshman Alicia Armstrong gave Nebraska a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI double that scored Tatum, who drew a leadoff walk. Armstrong advanced to third on a passed ball before Stokes reached on an error. Stokes then stole second and on the play an error on the second baseman allowed Armstrong to score. Banda then recorded an RBI double to score Stokes, before Tyson capped the four-run inning with a two-out, RBI single.
Tatum then gave the Huskers a 7-0 lead when she lined a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left for a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Freshman Hailey Decker followed with a walk, before Stokes reached on a one-out single to put Huskers at first and second. Taylor was then hit by a two-out pitch before Thomason cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double that gave Nebraska a 10-0 lead.
Tatum made it leadoff home runs in back-to-back innings when she closed out the scoring with a solo home run to open the bottom of the fourth, her team-leading seventh home run of the year.