Fresh off an eight-game road trip, the Nebraska softball team returns home this weekend for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday against Michigan State at Bowlin Stadium. In a change from the original schedule, first pitch is set for 1 p.m. on both days, and Sunday’s finale will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network.
Kevin Kugler and former Michigan All-American Jennie Ritter will call all of the action for BTN on Sunday. Additionally, veteran Husker softball play-by-play announcer Nate Rohr will have the call for all three games this weekend on Huskers.com, and Saturday’s game will be streamed live on HuskersNSide.
For those fans in attendance this weekend, several fan-friendly promotions will be happening at Bowlin Stadium. Saturday is Bark in the Park day, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the ballpark. All vaccinated and leashed dogs will be admitted into the game for free when accompanied by a ticket-holding human. Dogs can sit in the grass berm general admission seating areas at Bowlin Stadium. Sunday is Pepsi Pack the Park day, and fans will receive $1 general admission tickets, as well as $1 24-ounce Pepsi Products. Senior Madison Drake, a Lincoln native, will also be recognized during the game as part of a Hometown Husker promotion.
Fans can purchase tickets for this weekend’s series online at Huskers.com, over the phone at 1-800-8-BIG-RED or at the Bowlin Stadium ticket office, located at the main entrance to the stadium, beginning 90 minutes to first pitch. Fans with a ticket to the Husker baseball game on Saturday or Sunday can present their ticket stub for $1 admission into that day’s softball game.
Nebraska brings a 29-18 overall record into play this weekend. The Huskers sit in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference standings with a 10-5 record in league play. Nebraska has a great chance to move up the standings this weekend against a Michigan State squad that is 12th in the conference with an 0-15 record in Big Ten play. Nebraska is 6-0 in conference play at Bowlin Stadium this season, and the Huskers have won 14 consecutive home games overall, the longest win streak in Bowlin Stadium history.
The Huskers are two games out of first place, but only one game out of second and just one-half game out of third. If NU can stay undefeated at home and keep the Spartans winless in conference play, it figures to move up in the standings as second-place Wisconsin plays at third-place Purdue this weekend, giving Nebraska a chance to move ahead of the team that loses that key series. Overall, aside from a season-ending home series with Wisconsin, two of NU’s final three Big Ten series are against teams in the bottom half of the conference standings.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations