Nebraska rallied to force extra innings, but a walk-off RBI single lifted Tulsa to a 6-5 softball win in eight innings in the opener of the Rock Chalk Invitational on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas.

Later in the day, the Huskers (10-11) gave up both runs on errors in a 2-0 loss to Kansas.

Junior Tristen Edwards went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs to lead the Husker offense against the Golden Hurricane. It marked Edwards' third multi-homer game of the season.

Edwards' two-run shot in the first inning gave NU an early 2-0 lead. But Tulsa responded with four runs in the bottom of the first.

Nebraska trailed for most of the game, but sophomore Rylie Unzicker hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score at 5-5.

Tulsa won it in the eighth on Tori Stafford's RBI single.

Sophomore Olivia Ferrell was solid in six relief innings. The Elkhorn South graduate gave up one run on five hits while striking out four. Regan Mergele (1-3) took the loss after pitching the eighth.

Tulsa's Kassidy Scott pitched a complete game, holding the Huskers to eight hits.

In the second game, the Jayhawks scored the game's only runs in the second inning off two Husker errors.

In the fifth, the Huskers had two runners on base after Lexey Kneib drew a four-pitch walk and Alyvia Simmons singled. They moved to second and third on a wild pitch, but NU was unable to score.

Simmons had two hits, and Samantha Owen and Lindsey Walljasper had one each. Mergele took the loss again, pitching three innings and surrendering two unearned runs. Kansas' Brynn Minor pitched seven strong innings, giving up four hits and striking out six.

Nebraska will again face Tulsa (11 a.m.) and Kansas (1:30 p.m.) again Sunday. 


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