LINCOLN — A five-run sixth inning Sunday helped No. 18 Minnesota pull away for a 9-3 Big Ten softball victory over Nebraska and a sweep of the three-game series.
Minnesota (32-10, 13-1), built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the top of the second and third innings before the Huskers (15-27, 4-11), tied the game in the bottom of the third with a two-RBI single by Tristen Edwards.
The Gophers took the lead for good by scoring two runs in the fifth inning before the decisive five-run sixth. The big inning chased Nebraska starter Courtney Wallace from the game as Olivia Ferrell took over and pitched a scoreless 1⅓ innings of relief.
Nebraska begins a busy week Tuesday with a home game at 4 p.m. against South Dakota. That’s the first of six games in six days for the Huskers, who travel to Iowa City to play Iowa in a Wednesday doubleheader before returning to Lincoln for the final home series of the season beginning Friday against Maryland.
Minnesota (32-10, 13-1)………….011 025 0—9 12 2
At Nebraska (15-27, 4-11)……….002 001 0—3 6 2
W: Amber Fiser (20-6). L: Courtney Wallace (3-5). 2B: UM,
MaKenna Partain, Natalie DenHartog; NU, Alyvia Simmons, Lexey Kneib.