Huskers rally for eighth straight win

Lincoln – The 14th-ranked Nebraska softball team tied a school record with its 20th home win of the season and NU sent its senior class out in style with a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Missouri on Sunday in the final regular-season game of the season.

The win was the Huskers' eighth straight and improved Nebraska's record to 40-8 overall and 13-4 in the Big 12 Conference. It took NU just 48 games to record its 40th victory, tying the 2002 squad for the fastest to 40 wins in school history. The Huskers erased an early 3-0 deficit to tie for the largest comeback win of the season.


Freshman right-hander Molly Hill improved to 18-1 on the season by allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Hill settled down after surrendering a three-run homer in the top of the first to shut out the Tigers over her final four innings. Junior right-hander Ashley DeBuhr then came on in the top of the sixth and tossed two hitless innings to earn her career-high third save of the season.


Jen Bruck (21-19) took the loss Missouri (23-25, 7-11), allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits in her second straight complete game.


Missouri jumped out to an early 3-0 lead just four batters into the game when Bruck belted a 1-2 pitch to left center for a one-out, three-run homer.


Nebraska got two runs back in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles from junior Carmen Kier and senior Lizzy Aumua put runners on first and third with only one out. Senior Jessica Yoachim then worked the count to 3-0 before popping out on a 3-2 pitch. Aumua then stole second before junior Jamie Waldecker doubled to the wall in right center to score Kier and Aumua and close the gap to 3-2.


The Huskers used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Devin Porter then hit a grounder that was misplayed by Sarah Stringer at second that allowed Yoachim and Waldecker to score and give the Huskers a 4-3 lead. Tannahill then stole home after Porter was temporarily caught in a rundown between first and second.


Waldecker went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the win, while seniors Aumua, Yoachim and Tannahill each scored a run.


Nebraska returns to action this Wednesday, when the Huskers open play at the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Texas Tech and Missouri.


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