Creighton Shuts Out Nebraska

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Lincoln - The Nebraska softball team out-hit Creighton 5-4 on Wednesday night, but three of the Bluejays' hits produced runs as Creighton defeated the Huskers 3-0 in front of 616 fans at a chilly Bowlin Stadium.

While Creighton (18-8) produced three clutch hits, the Huskers helped out the Bluejays by tying a season high with two errors. The two errors led to a pair of unearned runs, as senior right-hander Molly Hill was charged with only one earned run in the loss. Hill (15-5) tossed a complete game and tied her season high with 10 strikeouts. The loss dropped Nebraska to 25-8 on the season, while the Huskers fell to 20-2 on the year when out-hitting their opponent.

Bluejay ace Tara Oltman won her fourth straight start against the Huskers to improve to 15-5 on the season. Her shutout was the first of her career against Nebraska and she struck out seven in the five-hitter.

Offensively for the Huskers, sophomore Julie Brechtel finished 2-for-2 with a walk to bump her average to .411 on the season. Seniors Crystal Carwile and Amanda Duran also added hits, as did junior Whitney Barrett. Each of the Huskers' five hits on the night were singles, while two of Creighton's four hits were doubles.

Creighton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to a Husker error. Michelle Graner reached on a one-out error and Sara Loeffelholz followed with an RBI double to the wall in right. Hill then struck out the next two batters to prevent further damage.

The Huskers stranded four baserunners through the first four innings. Their best scoring chance came in the fourth when Carwile was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. Freshman pinch-runner Nikki Haget moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Duran and Brechtel joined Haget on the basepaths with a two-out walk, but NU was unable to score.

The Bluejays added to their lead in the sixth by picking up their third and fourth hits of the game. Michelle Koch led off with a double and following a strikeout, Laura Kratochvil singled to right to score Koch and give Creighton a 2-0 lead. An error allowed Kratochvil to move to second on the throw home and that cost the Huskers another run when Loeffelholz singled through the left side for her second RBI hit of the day.

Nebraska got a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth and a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to push a run across. On the night, no Husker reached third base and only three runners advanced to second.

Following the completion of their season-long seven-game homestand, the Huskers hit the road this weekend for a two-game Big 12 series at 12th-ranked Oklahoma.

Courtesy: NU Media Relations