Husker assault nearly repelled in final inning

Matt Gubbels

Despite a late seventh-inning comeback, the ISU softball team was thwarted by one bad inning in the field against Nebraska on Tuesday.

The Cornhuskers (20-25, 2-12 Big 12) scored all six of their runs in the fourth inning thanks to a home run and two Cyclone errors.

The Cyclones (26-26, 3-13 Big 12) nearly came back from being four runs down in their half of the seventh inning. Alex Johnson led off the inning with a single, and after two Molly Hill (10-14) strikeouts, Amanda Bradberry doubled down the line, putting runners on second and third.

Courtney Wray drove in both runners with a single to cut the lead in half and bring the tying run to the plate. Jacquelyn Beatty pinch hit for Carrie Monroe, but Hill was able to get her to pop out to the second baseman to end the threat and the game.

Rachel Zabriskie (12-12) was charged with the loss after allowing the first three runs of the fourth inning before giving way to Charissa Carlin, who allowed three more. Julie Bretchel reached base on an error by Bradberry and, after Kelli Linke and Heidi Foland plated a run each, the wheels started to fall off.

Whitney Barrett and Meghan Mullin greeted Carlin with two singles and plated two more runs before Carlin got the first out of the inning. Crystal Carwile hit a three-run homer to left field one pitch later, however.