Nebraska Softball 4.2

Nebraska infielder Tristen Edwards (24) celebrates with her teammates after on of her two home runs against South Dakota State on April 2 at Bowlin Stadium.

It's back to the drawing board for the Nebraska softball team.

The Huskers are coming off the wrong end of a three-game sweep against Northwestern — the Wildcats outscored Nebraska 20-2 — after winning three of four games.

Nebraska (13-22) will play at Creighton at 6 p.m. Tuesday before heading to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a three-game series against Purdue beginning Friday.

It's been a roller-coaster ride for the Huskers, who started the season 7-2 and later struggled mightily through a 12-game losing streak. The offense came alive against Illinois and South Dakota State before hitting a wall against Northwestern.

The up-and-down season comes with several first-year starters in the lineup. The Huskers also are starting to rely heavily on freshmen arms Lindsey Walljasper and Courtney Wallace while looking to shore up the defense.

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"I did expect growing pains (but) they've been different than I thought they would be," Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said after Sunday's 4-0 loss to Northwestern. "We've changed the infield a few times. We started in the fall with somebody else at third, somebody else at short, somebody else at second. Any time you're having to make that many changes defensively, there's always instability in some sort of way."

Though NU lost Sunday, Revelle said she saw the Huskers play with energy and passion, and she liked how the team didn't give in despite facing one of the nation's top freshmen in Danielle Williams.

Nebraska has 16 regular-season games remaining, so what is Revelle looking for?

"It'd difficult when you don't have a winning record, you do look for victories," she said. "I said to them (Saturday), 'Winners win,' and I'm not even talking about the scoreboard. I'm talking behavior, approach and attitude. Because you can't always win on the scoreboard, but if you stay really consistent in your approach and your mentality, the wins will eventually turn themselves around."

Tuesday's game will feature two teams in desperate need of a win. Creighton (11-17) has lost six straight and is coming off a three-game sweep against St. John's.

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