Nebraska softball vs. Northwestern, 4/28

Nebraska' Bri Cassidy eyes a pitch during a 2017 game against Northwestern. She has five doubles on the young 2019 season. 

Nebraska will be tested against an North Carolina State squad that picked up a big win over the first weekend of the college softball season.

The Huskers will play the No. 23 Wolfpack twice in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nebraska also will play Pittsburgh twice.

N.C. State and Nebraska enter the weekend with identical 3-2 records. The Wolfpack earned a 4-1 win against then-No. 7 Arizona, while also pushing No. 5 Florida and No. 19 Michigan before falling by one run in each game.

The Huskers will likely see pitcher Deven Wallace, who went 2-0 with a 0.91 earned run average last week.

Pittsburgh is looking to bounce back after a 1-4 showing at the Cougar Classic.

Nebraska's top two hitters, senior Alyvia Simmons and junior Tristen Edwards, struggled to get going during the Lone Star College Classic. However, NU's offense received sparks from senior Bri Cassidy, who batted .563, junior Bree Boruff (.438) and sophomore Rylie Unzicker (.385).

Cassidy had five doubles in the opening tournament. She hit only one double during her first three seasons.

Four different pitchers started for the Huskers in Houston. Freshman Lindsey Walljasper made two starts, and Courtney Wallace, Olivia Ferrell and Regan Mergele each started a game. The Huskers have a team ERA of 4.88.

NU will play Pittsburgh at 4:30 p.m. Friday, play N.C. State again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Pitt again at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Nebraska was originally scheduled to play just one game Friday, but projected rain has altered the schedule.


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