MARY NUTTER COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
At Cathedral City, California
Noon Friday vs. No. 7 Oregon 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. No. 1 Florida 7 p.m. Saturday vs. San Diego St. 11 a.m. Sunday vs. No. 9 Washington
Scouting Nebraska: The Huskers (8-1) face three of the top nine teams in this week's coaches poll during the tournament. NU's four opponents have a combined record of 35-7. ... Nebraska has matched its best nine-game start in program history. ... Twice Nebraska has defeated a No. 1-ranked team, and both times it was the first loss for that opponent. ... MJ Knighten ranks second nationally with six home runs. Knighten, the Big Ten leader in hits (18), home runs and RBIs, is hitting .545 with 12 runs scored. ... NU pitchers have given up 27 runs through nine games after surrendering 61 last season, which puts the Huskers' ERA almost five points lower at this point in the season than in 2015. Husker pitchers have walked 17 in 60 innings compared to 39 in 52 innings last year.
Scouting Oregon: The Ducks (8-3) are averaging 8.0 runs per game and are ranked seventh nationally in doubles, eighth in home runs and 10th in slugging percentage. ... Koral Costa leads Oregon with a .515 average and 13 RBIs. Three other starters are hitting over .400. ... Ducks ace Cheridan Hawkins is a two-time first-team All-American.
She is 3-2 this season with a 3.78 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. She is the active leader among Division I pitchers with 86 wins, 886 strikeouts, 26 shutouts and 16 saves.
Scouting Florida: The two-time defending national champions (11-0) have outscored opponents 90-4, including an 8-0 run-rule victory over No. 2 Michigan. ... The Gators are scoring 8.2 runs per game while batting .368.
... Amanda Lorenz leads the team with a .571 average, four doubles and 11 walks. ... Florida leads the country in fielding percentage (.996) and is second in ERA at 0.45.
Scouting San Diego State: The Aztecs (7-3) have won six of seven games and have made the NCAA tournament the past eight seasons. ... SDSU is batting .280 as a team and averaging 4.4 runs per game. ... Despite starting only half of SDSU's games, Zaria Meshack is 9 for 14 (.643) with a team-high seven runs and four stolen bases.
... SDSU pitchers rank 39th nationally with a 2.05 ERA. Erica Romero has emerged as the ace, going 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA.
Scouting Washington: The Huskies (9-1) have wins over top 15 teams Oklahoma, Minnesota and Central Florida.
... Washington is averaging 10.4 runs per game while hitting .390, including 26 doubles and 14 home runs. ... Trysten Melhart is batting .500 and Kimberlee Souza is at .444 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.
Julia DePonte is hitting .441 and leads the Huskies with four homers and 18 RBIs. ... Washington has a team ERA of 3.28, led by Madi Schreyer with a 5-0 record and 1.40 ERA.