Weather, Cornhuskers Cool Bears Softball
March 8, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Northern Colorado softball team entered its doubleheader with Nebraska on Saturday, March 8, hot -- the winners of three of four.
The Cornhuskers, though -- and some cold Midwest weather -- quickly cooled off the Bears' bats. Nebraska won the first game Saturday 8-0 in six innings before holding Northern Colorado hitless in the second game, another 8-0 win. In all, the Bears collected two hits in the two games.
Northern Colorado fell to 6-18 with the defeats, while Nebraska moved to 6-8. The teams will hold another doubleheader tomorrow, Sunday, March 9, at the Cornhuskers' Bowlin Stadium.
Hillarie Van Otterloo (5-2), the Bears' top pitcher most of the season, got roughed up in the first game Saturday. She entered the contest with a 5.02 earned-run average, but she surrendered seven earned runs in her three innings. She struck out three in the loss but walked four.
Jamie Juelfs came on in relief in the fourth inning, but it was too late. She gave up one earned run in 2 1/3 innings, while striking out one and walking one.
Center fielder Jessie Schoepflin had Northern Colorado's only hits in the game-one defeat, getting a leadoff double in the first inning and another single in the fifth. Schoepflin also stole a base in that fifth inning.
Kelli Henderson (1-6) started in the circle for the Bears in the game-two loss. She walked six in her four innings and gave up five earned runs.
Nebraska sophomore Alex Hupp was perfect in the circle through 4 1/3 innings before finishing facing just one batter over the minimum - Katelyn Landorf coaxed a walk in the top of the fifth. The only
other Bear to reach base was Schopeflin, who reached on an error but was promptly caught stealing with two outs in the top of the sixth.
Hupp's no-hitter was the 34th in Nebraska softball history. She struck out a career-high 12 batters in the win.