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Harness leads NU in 10-2 win

WICHITA, Kan. (Nebraska) — Sarah Harness allowed one hit and Nebraska tallied 11 hits as the Husker softball team earned a 10-2 victory over Missouri State Saturday afternoon in the Shocker Classic.

Harness (6-3) pitched the complete game, holding Missouri State to one hit and two runs while accounting for four strikeouts in five innings.

Offensively, the entire Husker lineup recorded one hit while seven of the nine added a run. Billie Andrews went 2 for 3 with one home run, one RBI and three runs. Caitlynn Neal went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 15-7 on the season, Missouri State, a 2022 NCAA Tournament qualifier, fell to 8-11. McKenzie Vaughn (1-3) was blamed for the loss after allowing six runs in 2.0 innings.

The Bears took an early 1-0 lead into the top of the first inning. A throwing error and two walks loaded the bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly by Tess Weakly scored one. On the fly, the runner on third appeared to score, but Talia Tokheim threw home, causing the runner to walk home.

The Huskers responded quickly in the first with five runs. Billie Andrews drove with a walk. With one out, Mya Felder doubled to left field, putting runners on second and third. Ava Bredwell was accompanied to load the bases. Katelyn Caneda singled in center, scoring Andrews and Felder. Brooke Andrews hit a Missouri State fielding error, loading the bases. Tokheim doubled down the left field line, scoring for Caneda and Bredwell. Abbie Squier added a sacrifice bunt, scoring Andrews, as the Huskers took a 5-1 lead.

NU added another run in the second inning with a solo home run by Billie Andrews. The Huskers advanced in the third inning, 6-1.

After a quiet third inning, the Big Red added three runs in the fourth. With one out, Billie Andrews and Neal each added a single. Felder was accompanied to load the bases. Bredwell singled to left field, scoring Andrews. Caneda followed up, reaching to a fielder’s choice, scoring Neal. With two out, Brooke Andrews singled, scoring the third run of the inning as NU extended the lead to 9-1.

Missouri State had one run in the top of the fifth. With one after being hit by a pitch, Ellie McCoy recorded the Bears’ first hit of the day with a double to right center. A wild pitch allowed a run to score. NU went in the bottom of the fifth, 9-2.

Squier led off with a single to left in the bottom of the fifth inning. Haidyn Warner followed up his first career hit as a husker with a single up the middle, moving Squier to third. With one out, Neal hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Squier to secure the run rule victory, 10-2.

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