The Nebraska softball team begins an eight-game road trip this weekend when the Huskers travel to Iowa City for a three-game series with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch, and the game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network.
Eric Collins will call the action for BTN on Sunday, with former Michigan All-American Jennie Ritter adding color commentary. In addition to Sunday’s television broadcast, fans can listen to Nate Rohr provide radio coverage of all three games this weekend for Huskers.com.
Nebraska’s upcoming stretch of eight consecutive road games marks the longest streak of road games in school history. NU also played eight straight road games in March of last season, posting a 6-2 record on a trip that included a 3-1 series win at New Mexico State, a doubleheader sweep at UTEP and a two-game series split to open the Big 12 Conference season at No. 7 Oklahoma.
Nebraska hopes to have similar success this season as it continues to position itself for a chance to win the Big Ten championship. The Huskers enter this weekend’s series with a 25-14 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference action. Nebraska is tied for second in the Big Ten standings, one game behind league-leading Michigan (8-1). The Huskers are off to their best start to a conference season since opening the 2004 Big 12 season with a 10-0 record. Nebraska went on to win both the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles that season, marking the last time the Huskers claimed a conference title.
The Huskers’ hopes of a Big Ten championship in their first season in the league would be strengthened with a strong road trip. After traveling to Iowa this weekend and to Ohio State the following weekend, Nebraska plays two of its final three Big Ten series at home. That could mean good new for the Huskers, who are a perfect 11-0 at home this season. Nebraska remained unbeaten at Bowlin Stadium and won its 14th straight home game on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Iowa.
Senior right-hander Ashley Hagemann, the reigning Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week, fired a one-hit shutout and tied her season high with 14 strikeouts against Creighton on Wednesday. Hagemann has been dominant in the circle since allowing a career-high 13 runs in game one of a doubleheader at Minnesota on March 31. Hagemann has made five appearances since that loss, posting a 4-0 record with a 0.51 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. In her three starts since that loss, Hagemann has tossed a pair of shutouts, a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a two-hitter, while compiling a 0.35 ERA.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations