Lincoln - Senior Amanda Duran doubled twice and drove in a career-high three runs to power the Nebraska softball team to a 10-2 five-inning victory over South Dakota in game one of a Wednesday doubleheader at Bowlin Stadium.
Duran's two hits highlighted an efficient day for the Husker offense, as Nebraska used nine hits to produce double-digit runs for the sixth time this season. Fellow senior Crystal Carwile also enjoyed a great day at the plate, as she went a perfect 3-for-3, tying her career high in hits while adding a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Julie Brechtel continued her hot hitting with a 2-for-3 day that included an RBI and a run scored.
In the circle, freshman right-hander Ashley Hagemann improved to 5-2 on the year by winning her first career decision at Bowlin Stadium. Hagemann went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on only two hits. Junior right-hander Alex Hupp picked up the save, as she recorded the final two outs in the top of the fifth inning with the tying runner at the plate.
The win was Nebraska's fifth straight victory and its 12th win in its past 13 games. The Huskers are now 18-5 on the season. The win was also NU's 100th victory at Bowlin Stadium, which opened in 2002.
Cortney Heim (9-2) took the loss for South Dakota, which fell to 14-5 and saw its seven-game winning streak snapped. Heim allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 4.2 innings.
After being frustrated offensively in Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of North Dakota State, the Huskers got the offense going in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday. The first five hitters all reached safely, as seniors Meghan Mullin and Darcy Rutherford led off the game with back-to-back walks. Carwile then ripped an RBI single through the right side to score Mullin with the game's first run.
Duran then doubled to the wall in right to score both Rutherford and Carwile. Brechtel followed with a double to center but Duran had to hold up on the play to make sure the ball wouldn't be caught. She scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly from Hupp that capped the four-run first inning for the Huskers.
Carwile drove in another run in the second with a two-out double to left center that scored Mullin for the second time in the game.
South Dakota got two runs back in top of the third thanks to a two-out rally. Following a leadoff walk, Hagemann retired the next two hitters before back-to-back RBI doubles from Callie Roan and Lincoln native Tagney Jones pulled the Coyotes within 5-2.
After escaping a jam in the top of the fifth, the Huskers got the offense going again in the bottom of the inning. Rutherford led off with a bunt single and Carwile followed with another single, her third hit of the game. Duran then doubled to score Rutherford before Brechtel singled to score freshman pinch-runner Madison Drake.
Leading 7-2, Brechtel came around to score on a passed ball before the final two runners scored on a throwing error that accounted for the 10-2 final.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations