Softball goes 1-2 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Grant Cohen

While the Shocker’s weekend did not end as successfully, they managed to end on a positive note with a win over 23rd ranked Nebraska on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Shockers split with Nebraska, after a 6-4 victory in the first game and Wichita State came back to win 2-1 in the second game.  

WSU made it on the scoreboard first on Saturday, thanks to hits from seniors Brittany Fortner and Paige Luellen. They scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Mackenzie Wright scored another run to put WSU up 3-1 in the middle of the second inning, meanwhile senior Liz Broyles doubled in the third to WSU up 4-1.

Nebraska ended the game on a 5-0 scoring run, hitting three home runs in the final four innings. Senior Mattie Fowler hit a solo, left-center shot that cut the Shocker lead 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Cornhuskers’ MJ Knighten hit back-to-back, two-run home runs in the fifth and seventh innings giving Nebraska the 6-4 win.

In the second game the Shockers didn’t score until Broyles hit a single, giving WSU a 1-0 lead in the middle of the fourth inning. To advance their lead, Luellen hit a home run in the sixth inning put the Shockers up 2-0.

While the Shockers were only batting .285 on the day, junior pitcher Jenni Brooks kept the game in the Shockers’ hands. Though she did not strike out a batter, Brooks gave up six hits and one run in a complete game that gave the Shockers the 2-1 win.

With a 10-5 win on Sunday, the Cornhuskers won the weekend series.

But before Nebraska could take the win, WSU struck first with two runs off hits by Fortner and redshirt senior Cacy Williams, giving the Shockers a 2-0 lead in the middle of the first.

Nebraska answered back with four runs, giving them the 4-2 lead at the end of the first inning. After a Knighten 2-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, the Shockers scored off a single by junior Macklin Hitz followed by a wild pitch by Nebraska and a groundout by freshman Cassidy Kelsheimer to cut the deficit 6-5 in the middle of the first.

The Cornhuskers ended the Shockers hope of a comeback. They ended the game and the series on a 4-0 scoring run, capped off by two home runs by Nebraska sophomores Madi Unzicker and Austen Unress.

Wichita State (9-8) is scheduled to face Oklahoma State University at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Afterward, the Shockers will have their home debut this weekend against Northern Colorado.