Photo by Pat Radigan
7 IP, 5 K, 0 BB
Story by Pat Radigan
McClure gives up just one run, and blasts one of two solo home runs for Nebraska, to guide Huskers to doubleheader sweep.
In the literal sense of the term, the Nebraska softball team had just one base runner in game two against Iowa State following a double by Alexis Perry.
However, the Huskers did have a pair of base ‘trotters’ after a pair of solo home runs, and that was all the offense they would need to see off the Cyclones and win their fifth straight game.
Cassie McClure, fresh off a save in a 5-3 win over ISU, kept her momentum flowing on the mound, and even chipped in one of the two home runs as Nebraska held on for another win where the winning run came thanks to a long ball from the starting pitcher. McClure’s homer added to a solo blast by Alyvia Simmons, and provided just enough production to help McClure strand six Cyclones and work past an unearned run.
The win moves McClure to 6-6 on the year, while Nebraska improved to 13-20 after adding two more wins to a sweep of then No. 22 Wisconsin over the weekend.
Each team put a pair of base runners on in the first inning, but it wasn’t until Simmons hit her first home run of the year in the third inning that either team got on the board. McClure didn’t wait long to add another insurance run, when she tacked on her third homer of the season the next inning.
Both home runs came with one out and on the first pitch of the at bat.
Perry added Nebraska’s third and final hit of the game the next inning, and the Cyclones got a hit and an error in the sixth, but the McClure made sure there was no excitement for ISU down the stretch by leaving two stranded after the single. After making it interesting the inning before, McClure slammed the door with a 1-2-3 top of the seventh and ended any hopes of an Iowa State comeback.