No. 14 Nebraska blanks Jackson St. 8-0 in five innings for 16th win
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A six-run fifth inning Friday powered No. 14 Nebraska to an 8-0 victory against Jackson State in five innings.
The Huskers (16-8) had seven hits, drew four walks and were hit by a pair of pitches in their five turns at the plate. Sophomore Kiki Stokes, an Olathe, Kan., native, produced her second triple of the year as part of a 1-for-3 performance. She also tied her career high with three RBIs.
Classmate Hailey Decker was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while fellow sophomore Alicia Armstrong was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, the first of her career. Senior Taylor Edwards hit her sixth home run of the year as part of a 1-for-2 day that also included a walk.
Nebraska hit two triples against the Tigers, marking its first game with multiple triples since April 14, 2006 against Northern Colorado. In the game, four of the Huskers' seven hits went for extra bases.
In the circle, Nebraska allowed just one hit in picking up its sixth shutout of the season. Sophomore right-hander Emily Lockman (9-3) allowed only one hit in 4.0 shutout innings, striking out seven. Sophomore right-hander Danica Bishop came on to pitch the fifth and retired all three batters she faced, picking up one strikeout.
Kelsey Townsend (3-12) took the loss for Jackson State, which fell to 5-19 with its 12th consecutive loss.
Nebraska grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Freshman Austen Urness was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Stokes. Urness then scored the game's first run on an RBI triple from Armstrong.
The Huskers stretched the lead to 2-0 in the top of the third when Taylor Edwards blasted a one-out solo home run to left.
After being retired in order in the fourth, NU put up six runs in the top of the fifth. Lockman began the frame with a single -- her first career hit -- before moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt from classmate Sammi Noland. Tatum Edwards followed with a single before Taylor Edwards walked to load the bases with one out.
Decker watched two straight balls before lining a two-run double to the gap in left center to give the Huskers a 4-0 lead. Urness then walked to re-load the bases before classmate MJ Knighten drew another walk to force in the third run of the inning.
Leading 5-0, Stokes then cleared the bases with a three-run triple down the left field line that capped the six-run inning.