The Nebraska softball team continues its eight-game road trip with four road contests this week, beginning with a Wednesday trip to Omaha to face Nebraska-Omaha at Westside Field at Westbrook at 6 p.m. The Huskers then travel to Ohio State this weekend for a key Big Ten Conference series.
Wednesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played in Lincoln, but was moved to Omaha after the March 20th meeting between the in-state schools was moved to Bowlin Stadium due to inclement weather. Husker fans who had a ticket for Wednesday’s game can present that ticket in Omaha to receive free admission into the game at Westside Field at Westbrook.
The switch in the schedule also gave Nebraska its longest stretch of true road games in school history. The Huskers are currently 1-2 on their eight-game road trip, after losing the final two games of a three-game series at Iowa last weekend. NU also played eight straight road games in March of last season, posting a 6-2 record on that trip.
Nebraska is 26-16 overall this season after a disappointing series loss at Iowa last weekend. The Huskers won the first game and were poised to earn a series victory in game two, only to see Iowa rally. Nebraska led the Hawkeyes by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two, but Iowa rallied to score twice in its final at bat. Then in Sunday’s finale, Iowa again scored twice in its final at bat, breaking a 4-4 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Huskers’ comeback attempt came up short in the top of the seventh, as they stranded the tying runners on first and third.
The 1-2 record at Iowa last weekend dropped the Huskers to 4-7 on the road this season. Nebraska has been a different team on the road, as the Huskers are 11-0 at home. Pitching and defense have been the trouble spots for Nebraska on the road this season. The Husker offense is hitting .289 and averaging 6.5 runs per game in 11 home games this season. In 11 road games, the offense has put up similar numbers, batting .276 and averaging 5.5 runs per game.
Defensively, Nebraska owns a 1.07 ERA, a .968 fielding percentage and the Huskers are allowing only 1.5 runs per game at home. But on the road, NU has posted a 4.36 ERA, a .942 fielding percentage and allowed an average of 5.3 runs per game. The Huskers have fallen behind in each of their last nine road games, losing seven of those games. On the flip side, Nebraska has had the lead in five of its last six road games, but lost three of those leads.
Nebraska is facing UNO on the road for the first time since 1979 on Wednesday.