Kaylan Jablonski pitched six scoreless innings against Utah and also hit a solo home run.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Shut Out No. 15 Utah, 5-0

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska 
5
0
UTAH

Inning-by-Inning
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Nebraska 0 1 0 0 0 0 4   5 9 0
Utah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 1
Pitching
  IP H R ER BB SO
W - K. Jablonski (2-0) 6.0 4 0 0 0 2
L - K. Donovan (0-1) 6.1 7 4 3 2 8
S - None 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Individual Leaders
  AB R H RBI 2B HR
K. Jablonski 4 1 2 1 0 1
A. Simmons 4 0 2 1 0 0
Game Notes

Nebraska got its first shutout of the season against Utah in just the third game of the season. In 2017, the Huskers had one shutout all season.

Jablonski hit a home run in the second inning. She now has an extra-base hit in all three games so far this season. 

Freshman Rylie Unzicker and sophomore Bree Boruff made their first collegiate starts against the Utes in left field and designated player, respectively. 

Boruff had her first career at bat against the Utes. She played 25 games last season, all as a pinch runner.

Tempe, Ariz. --- The Nebraska softball team beat its second ranked opponent in as many days after shutting out No. 15 Utah on Saturday morning 5-0, in its first of two games today. 

Kaylan Jablonski earned her second win of the season, after pitching six scoreless innings. She gave up just four hits and recorded two strikeouts. Olivia Ferrell pitched the seventh and gave up two hits. 

Jablonski also led the Huskers on offense, finishing with two hits, including a solo home run. She's had at least one multi-base hit in each of the first three games this season.

Alyvia Simmons finished with two hits and one RBI. Taylor Otte, Tristen Edwards, Madi Unzicker, Laura Barrow and Lexey Kneib each had one hit for the Huskers.

Nebraska got straight to work against the Utes. In the second inning, Jablonski hammered a ball over the left field fence to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Utes threatened. A leadoff double put a runner in scoring position, but the Huskers got out of the inning after a fly out to right field, a foul fly to the catcher and a ground out to third. 

In the top of the sixth, the Huskers had a chance to extend their lead. With two outs, Jablonski singled to the left side and Simmons singled up the middle to put runners on first and second, but a strikeout ended the inning for Nebraska.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Utes got a runner in scoring position with a one-out single and a steal, but the Husker defense held strong, getting the next two batters out and keeping their 1-0 lead heading into the seventh inning.

The Huskers added some insurance in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four runs. Leadoff hitter, Bri Cassidy was walked and Gina Metzler pinch ran for Cassidy. Barrow moved Metzler to second with a sacrifice bunt. Kneib batted for Bree Boruff and came up with a clutch double to deep center field to score Metzler and give the Huskers a 2-0 lead. Boruff came back in the game to pinch run for Kneib. Otte singled to the left side to advance Boruff to third. With runners on the corners and one out, Tristen Edwdards found a gap on the right side and Boruff scored. Edwards and Otte both advanced an extra base on the throw attempt to get Boruff out at home. Two batters later, Jablonski reached first on a error and Otte scored. Simmons then singled to score Edwards and give the Huskers a 5-0 lead. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Utah tried to come back and got two runners on base with a pair of singles, but the Huskers got a fly out and Olivia Ferrell recorded two strikeouts to end the game. 

Box Score

                             2018 Nebraska Softball
                              Nebraska vs #15 Utah
               Feb 10, 2018 at Tempe, Ariz (Tempe Sports Complex)

Nebraska 5 (2-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Taylor Otte cf...........  4  1  1  0   0  1  1  0   1
Tristen Edwards ss.......  4  1  1  1   0  0  1  1   0
Madi Unzicker 1b.........  4  0  1  0   0  1  8  0   0
Kaylan Jablonski p/dp....  4  1  2  1   0  0  0  3   0
Alyvia Simmons rf........  4  0  2  1   0  1  3  0   0
Rylie Unzicker lf........  4  0  0  0   0  4  2  0   5
Bri Cassidy c............  1  0  0  0   2  0  5  0   0
 Gina Metzler pr.........  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Laura Barrow 2b..........  2  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   1
Bree Boruff dp...........  2  1  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Olivia Ferrell p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Lexey Kneib 3b/ph........  1  0  1  1   0  0  1  5   0
Totals................... 30  5  9  4   2  9 21  9   7

Utah 0 (1-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
BreOnna Castaneda 2b.....  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
Alyssa Barrera cf........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   0
Kelly Martinez c.........  3  0  1  0   0  0  9  0   0
Heather Bowen 3b.........  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  2   1
Ally Dickman rf..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Ryley Ball rf...........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Hailey Hilburn dp........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Chandler Walter 1b.......  3  0  1  0   0  0  8  0   0
Abby Robertson ss........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
Julia Noskin lf..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Camryn Woodall ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
Katie Donovan p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Miranda Viramontes p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 27  0  6  0   0  4 21  6   6

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Nebraska............ 010 000 4 -  5  9  0
Utah................ 000 000 0 -  0  6  1
-----------------------------------------

E - WALTER. LOB - Huskers 7; Utes 6. 2B - Kneib(1); MARTINEZ; WALTER. HR -
Jablonski(1). SH - Barrow(1). SB - BARRERA.

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Kaylan Jablonski....  6.0  4  0  0  0  2 22 22  84
Olivia Ferrell......  1.0  2  0  0  0  2  5  5  20

Utah                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
--------------------------------------------------
Katie Donovan.......  6.1  7  4  3  2  8 25 28 100
Miranda Viramontes..  0.2  2  1  0  0  1  5  5   9

Win - Jablonski (2-0).  Loss - DONOVAN (0-1).  Save - None.
Pitches/strikes: Jablonski 84/58; Ferrell 20/12; DONOVAN 100/72; VIRAMONTES 9/8.
Umpires - HP: Eric Hawthorne  1B: Tony Cooper  3B: Erin Peterson
Start: 9:58 CT   Time: 2:10   Attendance:
Weather: sunny
Game: NEB3

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