NU Softball Set for Big 12 Play

By: NU Media Relations
By: NU Media Relations

The Nebraska softball team takes its six-game winning streak on the road this weekend, as the Huskers open Big 12 Conference play with a two-game series against 19th-ranked Texas A&M at the Aggie Softball Complex on Saturday and Sunday.

The Huskers enter the Big 12 portion of their schedule with plenty of momentum. Nebraska has not only won six straight games, but the Huskers have won 13 of their last 14 games overall, including a 12-1 record this month. To extend the winning streak, NU will have to break a recent trend of slow starts to Big 12 play, as well as a six-game losing streak to the Aggies.

Nebraska has lost its last four conference openers, although each of those losses have come on the road and three of the Huskers’ opponents went on to win the Big 12 regular-season title. NU is 0-8 on the first weekend of league play over the past four seasons, as Nebraska last won a game in its first conference series in 2004, when the Huskers swept Oklahoma State en route to sweeping the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles.

As the Huskers look for a stronger start to conference play this season, fans can follow all of the action live from College Station. Huskers.com will offer a free radio broadcast of both games with veteran play-by-play voice Nate Rohr calling all of the action. Huskers.com will also offer a free live video stream of both games, courtesy of Texas A&M.

The Huskers and Aggies met three times last season, with Texas A&M winning all three contests. The final meeting came in the title game of the Big 12 Championship, when the Aggies completed a sweep of the league title and denied NU an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a 5-0 victory. Overall, Nebraska has lost six straight games to Texas A&M, marking NU’s longest losing streak to a conference opponent in the Big 12 era.

Nebraska has also lost six straight games in College Station, but three of those losses came in extra innings. The Huskers were shut out in a pair of 1-0 losses in their last trip to Texas A&M, but NU brings a more high-powered offense into this year’s matchup.

The Huskers rank third in the Big 12 with a .306 batting average and an average of 5.8 runs per game. In the circle, Nebraska is one of only four Big 12 teams with a staff ERA lower than 2.00. The Huskers have held 18 of their first 24 opponents to two runs or less.

Individually, sophomore Julie Brechtel and seniors Molly Hill and Haley Long have been the hottest Huskers. Brechtel, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, has five multi-hit games in her last seven starts while batting .520 with eight RBIs. Long is hitting .530 over that same stretch, while Hill has not allowed a hit in her last 7.2 innings. Hill has also given up just two earned runs over her last 26.0 innings.

Courtesy: NU Media Relations


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