Published Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm / Updated at 9:39 pm
Huskers cap doubleheader sweep with win over No. 12 Florida State

Las Cruces, N.M. — A delay in Dallas couldn’t slow the Nebraska softball team Friday in its first day of play at the season-opening Hotel Encanto Invitational.

The Huskers flight Thursday from Dallas to El Paso was delayed two hours. Add a one-hour drive to Las Cruces after getting to El Paso, and Nebraska’s players, coaches and staff didn’t get to their hotel until 1:30 a.m. MST Friday.

Those inconveniences didn’t stop the No. 9-ranked Huskers from opening the day with a 7-0 demolition of Texas-El Paso before a 4-3 come-from-behind victory against No. 16 Florida State.

The win againt UTEP was career victory No. 800 for Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle. The Huskers also have won 15 consecutive games at the New Mexico State softball complex, dating to 2010.

Against the Seminoles, Nebraska was down 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning after a solo home run by shortstop Maddie O’Brien put FSU up 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out, left fielder Kylee Muir singled and first baseman Mattie Fowler reached on an error. A groundout by MJ Knighten put both Muir and former Lincoln Pius X star Kat Woolman — who was pinch-running for Fowler — in scoring position.

Revelle sent sophomore Dawna Tyson in to pinch hit, and she did what she was called on to do — put the ball in play.

Tyson’s fly ball to shallow left field popped out of the glove of Kelly Hensley, and that was enough to bring home both Muir and Woolman with the tying and go-ahead runs.

Senior Tatum Edwards worked around a leadoff error and retired the next three Florida State batters to earn her first victory of the season. Edwards gave up five hits while the Huskers backed her up with 11 hits and two errors; the Seminoles committed five errors.

The outcome could have been less dramatic if the Huskers had not left 11 runners on base. They left nine on in the victory over UTEP but left little doubt about the outcome by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Edwards and her twin sister Taylor drew back-to-back, one-out walks before second baseman Hailey Decker smacked an RBI double to the top of the fence in right field. A groundout by Muir brought home Taylor Edwards, then a two-out RBI single by Fowler made it 3-0.

Nebraska then loaded the bases before Rachel Arthur drew a five-pitch walk to bring home Fowler for the 4-0 lead. In the fifth inning sophomore Kiki Stokes had a two-run home run to right-center field that put the Huskers ahead 6-0.

NU will play host New Mexico State at 5 p.m. Saturday before a 10 a.m. rematch Sunday with Florida State.

UTEP (0-1) .......................................... 000 000 0—0   3 0

Nebraska (1-0) .......................................... 400 021 x—7 10 1

W: Lockman (1-0). L: Hohman (0-1). 2B: NU, Decker 2, Knighten. HR: NU, Stokes.

Nebraska (2-0) .......................................... 002 000 2—4 11 2

Florida State (0-1) .......................................... 100 101 0—3   5 5

W: Edwards (1-0). L: Waldrop (0-1). 2B: NU, Urness; FSU, Hartness. HR: FSU, O'Brien.



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