RALEIGH, N.C. — Nebraska continued Saturday to do its part to help the Big Ten in the ACC/Big Ten softball challenge with a 6-0 victory over North Carolina State.
The Huskers are now 3-0 in the event and 6-2 overall after senior pitcher Regan Mergele had her best performance in a Nebraska uniform.
Mergele pitched a two-hitter at N.C. State’s Dail Stadium. She also struck out nine with four walks to give the Huskers their second win over the Wolfpack in as many days.
Nebraska’s offense gave Mergele plenty of support, scoring four runs in the second inning with an RBI single by catcher Bri Cassidy and an RBI double by second baseman Lexey Kneib being the two big hits. The Wolfpack also committed two errors.
NU concludes its stay in Raleigh Sunday with a 9 a.m. game against Pittsburgh.
North Carolina State (3-5)……..000 000 0—0 2 2
Nebraska (6-2)……………………040 020 x—6 6 0
W: Mergele, 1-1. L: Wallace, 1-2. 2B: NU, Kneib. HR: NU, Walljasper. A: 286.
Bluejays’ Miller pitches no-hitter
DENTON, Texas — Kiele Miller pitched a no-hitter Saturday as Creighton beat Arkansas Pine-Bluff 9-0 in five innings to earn a split at the Mean Green Classic.
Miller (1-2) matched a career best with 12 strikeouts, and three Bluejays (4-5) had two RBIs as Creighton rebounded from a 7-3 loss to North Texas earlier in the day.
Against North Texas (7-1), Creighton took a 3-0 lead in the first after Kelli Finan’s three-run home run, but the Mean Green scored twice in the first inning and four times in the second.
Creighton finished 3-1 at the tournament and will travel to the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Friday.
Creighton……………….300 000 0— 3 6 1
North Texas (7-1)……240 010 x— 7 10 2
W: Goodrich, 3-1. L: Roecker, 2-2. 2B: NT, Perella. 3B: NT, Perella. HR: CU, Finan. NT, Clark, Rebar.
Ark. Pine-Bluff (0-3)………000 00—0 0 4
Creighton (4-5)……………..331 2x—9 14 1
W: Miller, 1-2. L: Domi, 0-2. 2B: 2B: CU, Mills.