The Nebraska softball team wraps up non-conference play and an eight-game road trip on Wednesday, when the Huskers travel to Omaha to face in-state rival Creighton at 6 p.m. at the CU Sports Complex.
Nebraska and Creighton are meeting for the second time this season, after the Huskers claimed a 3-0 victory over the Bluejays on April 11 at Bowlin Stadium. Husker ace Ashley Hagemann keyed that victory, as she tossed a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts. With Hagemann keeping Creighton’s powerful bats at bay, the bottom of the Husker order produced NU’s three runs. Senior Madison Drake went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs out of the No. 8 spot, while freshman Jordan Bettiol - making her only start over the last 25 games in place of a sick Brooke Thomason - added an RBI of her own.
With a win in the first meeting, Nebraska will be looking to sweep the season series from Creighton for the third straight season and the 11th time in Head Coach Rhonda Revelle’s 20 seasons at Nebraska. The Huskers have won six straight games against Creighton dating back to a 3-0 home loss in 2009. Nebraska has won the last three games in Omaha, including a 10-2, five-inning victory last season that marked Nebraska’s first-run-rule victory in the series since 1997 and just its second in the 115 all-time meetings between the two schools.
Wednesday’s meeting will be the 116th game between the in-state schools, as Nebraska has faced Creighton more than any other opponent in school history. The Huskers lead the all-time series, 79-36, as Nebraska’s 79 victories against Creighton unofficially mark the fifth-most victories over one opponent in NCAA history.
In addition to looking to sweep the season series from the Bluejays, Nebraska will also be looking for its 30th win on Wednesday as well as finishing with a winning record on its eight-game road trip. The Huskers enter Wednesday’s matchup with a 29-17 overall record. Nebraska has posted 30 victories in 13 of the last 14 seasons and 24 total times in school history. A win would also give Nebraska a 5-3 record on its eight-game road trip, which ties for the longest stretch of consecutive road games in school history. The Huskers have won three of their last four games on the road trip, taking two of three games at Ohio State last weekend and defeating UNO last Wednesday. The 1-0 victory over the Mavs marked NU’s 12th consecutive non-conference win in the state of Nebraska. The Huskers have won 21 of their last 23 non-conference games in their home state, including a 4-0 record in Omaha during that stretch.