SB: Huskers hold off Iowa State’s late charge to take game one 5-3

Photo by Pat Radigan

Husker Tristen Edwards comes in to score on a Kaylan Jablonski’s home run as part of Nebraska’s 5-3 win over Iowa State.



Husker Leaders
Kaylan Jablonski

2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Taylor Otte

1-3, RBI, R

Story by Pat Radigan

Huskers get a homer, solid outing on the mound from Kaylan Jablonski to work past Cyclones for fourth straight win.

Softball is a team sport, but it doesn’t hurt to have a spark like the Huskers got from Kaylan Jablonski in game one against Iowa State.

The reigning NFCA Player of the Week got Nebraska’s first hit, scored on a double that same inning then blasted a two-run homer to go with six scoreless innings of work. And despite a late push by Iowa State to put a few runs on the board, the ‘team’ part of the deal kicked in for the Big Red as Cassie McClure came on to slam the door on a 5-3 win.

Two runs in the second inning, then three more in the third helped the Huskers build a 5-0 lead, and gave Nebraska enough offense to survive ISU’s attempt at a comeback. A single by Jablonski got things going in the top of the second, before Taylor Otte guided a double to right-center and brought her home for the game’s first run.

A squeeze play added another run in the second, but it wouldn’t take long for Nebraska to pry the game open even further. MJ Knighten reached on an error to give NU another leadoff runner in the top of the third, and came around to score on an illegal pitch with Jablonski at the plate. The illegal pitch call also brought Jablonski back to the plate after reaching on a ground ball, and on the next pitch she blasted a home run over the fence in left-center.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
NU 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 5 2
ISU 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 1

On the mound, Jablonski kept the Cyclones off the board until their final at bat, and even got the first two outs of the seventh, but was tacked for three runs in the process. A bases-clearing double cut it to 5-3, and brought McClure to the mound. After running the count full, McClure coaxed a pop up to the short stop for the game’s final out, and earned her third save of the year.

How it Happened:

With one at bat to go, Iowa State did all it could to make things interesting, but the Husker bullpen came through right when Nebraska needed it most.

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