Published Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:06 am
Decker's hit helps NU win tournament opener

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — Sophomore Hailey Decker picked a dramatic way to extend her hitting streak to 11 games Friday, driving an RBI single up the middle to give Nebraska a 3-2 victory in nine innings against Texas A&M at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

It was No. 11 Nebraska's first of five games at the prestigious tournament near Palm Springs. The Huskers fell 7-0 against No. 14 Arizona in a late Friday game.

Decker was 0 for 4 when she came to the plate with no outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth. The No. 12 Aggies intentionally walked senior Taylor Edwards — who has a 13-game hitting streak — to get to Decker.

The seventh pitch to Decker was the decisive one on a 3-2 count. NU led 1-0 after freshman Austen Urness tripled down the right-field line and scored on a single by Tatum Edwards.

After stranding 10 runners in the first six innings, A&M tied the game in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by April Ryan. Tatum Edwards earned the victory in the circle, improving to 4-1.

Texas A&M (11-4) .......................................... 000 000 110—2 4 2
Nebraska (8-2) .......................................... 010 000 011—3 10 2

W: Edwards, 4-1. L: Fox, 3-3. 3B: NU, Urnsee. HR: TAMU, Ryan.



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