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The Huskers demote Game Two to No. 23 Shockers

WICHITA, Kan. (Nebraska) — The Nebraska softball team fell to No. 23 Wichita State (18-4) Saturday afternoon in the second game of the day at the Shocker Classic. The Huskers moved to 15-8 on the season after falling, 10-1, to the Shockers in five innings.

The Huskers took an early 1–0 lead, but Wichita State recorded three two-run innings and a four-run second inning to walk away with the win.

Courtney Wallace led the Big Red offense, going 2 for 2 with a triple. Lauren Mills led Wichita State’s offense as she went 2 for 2 with a two-run double in the second inning. Sydney McKinney and Addison Barnard each added two hits for the Shockers.

Wallace (8-4) recorded the loss for Nebraska. Elder pitched the complete game, giving up 10 hits and 10 runs. Lauren Howell (8-1) led the Shockers into the circle, picking up the win. Howell pitched the complete game, holding NU to five hits and one run.

The Huskers got on the board early, scoring one in the first inning. Billie Andrews led off with a double followed by a single by Caitlynn Neal. Felder hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Andrews and giving NU the early 1-0 lead.

The Shockers responded with two runs in bottom first. With one out, Addison Barnard hit a solo homer to tie the game. Back-to-back walks put runners on first and second with two outs. A single by Sami Hood, scored the second run of the inning as Wichita State took a 2-1 lead.

Wichita State added four runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, two singles and a walk he loaded the bases. A walk led to the first run of the inning. Mills hit a double to clear the bases in center field, extending the Shocker lead to 6-1.

WSU added two more in the third. A walk, a fielder’s choice, and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. RBI singles by McKinney and Barnard netted two runs, extending the lead to 8–1.

The Shockers added two more in the bottom of the fourth. A lead single put up a runner. With one out, Taylor Sedlacek hit the second homer of the game, hitting two as Wichita State went into the fifth inning, 10-1.

Wallace led off with a single in the fifth, but NU was unable to capitalize, falling to the Shockers, 10-1, in five innings.

The Huskers return to action Sunday, March 12 at 12:00 noon (CT) to take on Missouri State.

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