LINCOLN — Sunday’s scrimmage provided the Huskers with some much-needed and appreciated respite from a topsy-turvy offseason and the first two weeks of fall camp.
The program went through upheaval during the summer.
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos ordered an investigation into concerns brought to his attention by student-athletes about the culture and treatment of players, and longtime coach Rhonda Revelle was placed on paid administrative leave for two months.
Fall camp began Sept. 1, after Revelle was reinstated Aug. 25. And Sunday’s scrimmage at Bowlin Stadium was the first opportunity for the players and coaches to work in a simulated game.
In her first public comments since the end of Nebraska’s internal investigation, Revelle said everyone in the program was excited to have a chance to show how the healing process is progressing.
“Honestly, it’s been really exhilarating,” Revelle said. “My whole goal was to get out here and give really good energy and be a really good coach for this team. And they’ve been a really good team for this coach.
“They’ve given great effort every day, they’ve come out spirited, they’ve come out with an intent to really be excellent, and it’s been fun.”
Bree Boruff is one of four seniors on the 19-player roster. The outfielder from Mead, Colorado, said everyone is focusing on the here and now, not dwelling on the past.
“We’re working on being where our feet are, and we think that our feet are all leading us in the right direction,” Boruff said. “It’s really refreshing to have the opportunity to get out here and play anything even mocking a real-life game situation. Kind of see where everyone is at, get the newbies in there and see what they have.”
One newbie who shined Sunday was freshman shortstop Brooke Andrews. The Gretna graduate scooped up everything that came her way, finishing with five assists, three putouts and no errors.
That position has been in flux the past two seasons. The 2018 All-Nebraska infielder also played second base in high school, but she was excited to be back at her favorite position.
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“It was pretty fun,” Andrews said. “I like short better than second because I feel comfortable there. It’s nice to get in a scrimmage and see where we are, then we can see what we need to work on.”
Revelle said she’s pleased with the way the entire defense has blossomed one week before the Huskers’ first fall exhibition Sept. 22 against UNO.
“We’ve had great energy, great enthusiasm and we’ve practiced really well,” Revelle said. “It’s really nice. We’re two deep at every position. I think we’ve had really good practices, spirited practices.
“I’m really excited about how we’re looking on the infield all together. (Brooke is) just a really good athlete and she’s really quick. She’s getting used to pitchers changing speeds. That’s all part of it.”
The only two players who didn’t participate Sunday because of injuries were sophomore pitchers Lindsey Walljasper and Courtney Wallace.
Walljasper injured the thumb on her left (non-pitching) hand sliding into home plate during practice. Wallace, a Papillion-La Vista graduate who also plays in the outfield, injured her shoulder diving for a ball during a practice.
Revelle said both had MRI exams and are waiting for a diagnosis to decide next steps.
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W: Olivia Ferrell. L: Karlee Seevers. 2B: Peyton Glatter (2), Ferrell, Ally Riley. 3B: Bree Boruff, Tristen Edwards.