NORMAN, Okla. — Right-hander Emily Lockman’s fifth win of her collegiate career came Saturday in the Nebraska softball team’s second all-time victory over a No. 1-ranked opponent.
The freshman pitched a seven-hit shutout as the Huskers defeated the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners 1-0 in the second game of their doubleheader at the OU Softball Complex.
Nebraska had previously defeated No. 1 Florida, 1-0, on March 12, 2011.
A native of Corona, Calif., Lockman scattered seven singles and worked around five walks to get her third shutout.
Junior Tatum Edwards had a solo home run in the fifth inning to help end the Sooners’ winning streak at 17 to start the season.
Oklahoma won the first game of the day 10-3.
“I thought it was a really gutsy effort by Emily,” head coach Rhonda Revelle said. “Offensively, Tatum gets a 2-0 pitch and puts a great swing on it. I had a feeling when that thing went out that that might be enough for that game.”
Lockman wrapped up Nebraska’s upset with a solid seventh inning that saw her face three Oklahoma All-Americans. She retired first-team All-American Lauren Chamberlain following a leadoff single. After another out, Lockman walked Jessica Shults and next faced reigning USA Softball player of the year Keilani Ricketts. She got ahead in the count 0-2 before Ricketts fouled off six consecutive two-strike pitches. Lockman countered with a change-up that caught Ricketts looking to end the game.
The Huskers ended the game with just two hits, including Edwards’ bomb over the left field fence.
In the first game, the Huskers were unable to stop the Sooners from scoring seven times with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Edwards dropped the game, falling to 7-4.
Nebraska plays a pair of games on Sunday against Oklahoma State at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Nebraska (11-5)..........................000 030 0— 3 4 2
At Oklahoma (17-0)...................003 070 X—10 8 2
W: Ricketts 9-0. L: Edwards 7-4.
Nebraska (12-5)........................000 010 0—1 2 0
At Oklahoma (17-1)....................000 000 0—0 7 0
W: Lockman 5-1. L: Gascoigne 7-1. HR: Edwards.