The Nebraska softball team wraps up a four-game homestand on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against in-state rival Creighton at Bowlin Stadium. The Huskers’ final home non-conference game of the season, Wednesday’s matchup will be televised live statewide on NET.
Larry Punteney will call the action for NET on Wednesday, with Kathi Wieskamp and Tracy Bunge adding color commentary. In addition to the live television coverage in the state of Nebraska, Wednesday’s game will also be streamed live to subscribers of BTN All-Access. A free radio broadcast will also available on Huskers.com, with Nate Rohr providing the play-by-play commentary.
Fans can purchase tickets for Wednesday’s game at Huskers.com, over the phone by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED or in person at the Bowlin Stadium ticket office, located at the main entrance to the stadium. Rally towels will be handed out to the first 500 fans through the gates on Wednesday.
Nebraska will put several streaks on the line against Creighton. The Huskers own a five-game winning streak over the Bluejays and haven’t lost to their in-state rivals since 2009. NU has also won 10 consecutive non-conference games in the state of Nebraska and 19 of its last 21 overall. The Huskers have also been outstanding at home this season, posting a perfect 10-0 record at Bowlin Stadium. Overall, Nebraska has won 13 consecutive home games dating back to last season, tying for the longest winning streak in the 11-year history of Bowlin Stadium.
The Huskers pushed their home winning streak to 13 straight games with a three-game sweep over Illinois last weekend, marking Nebraska’s second sweep through three Big Ten Conference series. NU dominated the series, outscoring the Fighting Illini, 20-2. Nebraska only hit .217 as a team in the series, but the Huskers made the most of their offensive chances. Nebraska drew 19 walks to post a .378 on-base percentage, and the Huskers slugged five home runs, batted .333 with runners on base and produced 11 two-out RBIs. Junior Brooke Thomason highlighted the offensive performance by going 4-for-8 in the series with a grand slam and six RBIs. Four Huskers had at least three RBIs in the series.
In the circle, Nebraska allowed just two runs in three games while posting a 0.70 team ERA. Illinois managed only seven hits in the three games, as the Huskers held the Fighting Illini to a .106 batting average. Senior right-hander Ashley Hagemann went 2-0 on the series with a 0.47 ERA. She tossed her first career no-hitter in game one, striking out 15. She allowed only three hits in 15.0 total innings, as Illinois batted. 063 against her. For her efforts, Hagemann earned Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week honors.