The Nebraska softball team heads to Minneapolis this weekend for its first Big Ten Conference road series. The Huskers will face host Minnesota in a three-game weekend series, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader at Noon and a Sunday finale at Noon.
Nebraska enters play this weekend atop the Big Ten standings with a perfect 3-0 record in conference action. The Huskers, who have won nine straight games, are 20-12 overall. Minnesota plays its first home games of the season this weekend, and the Golden Gophers enter play with a 19-9 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big Ten play after losing two of three at Illinois last weekend.
Fans have a variety of ways to follow Nebraska in Minnesota this week. Free live stats and live audio will be available on Huskers.com and a free live video broadcast of Saturday’s doubleheader will be available to subscribers of Gopher All-Access. Sunday’s game will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. Marney Gellner will call the action for BTN, while former Michigan All-American Jennie Ritter will add color commentary.
The Huskers are riding a season-best nine-game winning streak. A win in Saturday’s first game would give Nebraska a 10-game win streak for only the second time in the past five seasons. After sweeping Northwestern in a three-game conference series at Bowlin Stadium last weekend, Nebraska has also won eight consecutive games against Big Ten opponents dating back to 2009.
For those streaks to continue, the Huskers will have to perform well in all phases of the game. Minnesota presents an all-around challenge, as the Gophers lead the league in home runs offensively and strikeouts, ERA and fielding percentage defensively.
The Huskers have also excelled offensively and defensively during their nine-game win streak. Nebraska is batting .346 as a team during the streak, while slugging .513 and averaging 6.8 runs per game. In the circle, the Huskers have thrown four shutouts, posted a 1.23 ERA and allowed an average of 1.8 runs per game during the winning streak.
Individually, junior Gabby Banda is batting .586 (17-for-29) over the last nine games with three doubles. Classmate Brooke Thomason is hitting .440 with three home runs and 15 RBIs, while sophomore Taylor Edwards has driven in 11 runs during that span. In the circle, senior Ashley Hagemann is 7-0 with a 1.56 ERA and three shutouts during the streak, while sophomore Tatum Edwards has started the last two games and has not allowed an earned run, posting a shutout on Wednesday.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations