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Illinois vs. Nebraska softball, 4/22/17

Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle celebrates along with players in the dugout behind her as Nebraska outfielder Alyvia Simmons slides safely into third base during of a game in April at Bowlin Stadium.

The Nebraska softball team will host a doubleheader against South Dakota State beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium.

The Huskers (15-7) are coming off a 4-0 weekend at the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas, where they outscored the opposition by a combined 21-6.

Nebraska's offense has received a spark from freshman catcher Ally Riley, who leads the team in batting with a .364 average. The Alva, Oklahoma, native went 4-for-8 last weekend with two RBIs.

The Huskers also had a good weekend in the field, committing only two errors in 28 innings.

South Dakota State (14-7) is off to one of its best starts since reaching the NCAA Division I level. The Jackrabbits are hitting .333 as a team, and they have nine players (those with at least 22 at-bats) hitting .300 or better.

SDSU has five Nebraskans on its roster: freshman pitcher Olivia Douglas (Hastings), junior outfielder Julia Andersen (Papillion-La Vista), sophomore infielder Paige Gerdes (Millard South), junior catcher Mallory McQuistan (Fremont) and junior outfielder Lyndsey Crist (Lincoln East).

The Jackrabbits are led by former Wayne State coach and Nebraska-Omaha graduate Krista Wood.

After Wednesday's doubleheader, the Huskers will board a plane for California. They'll play five games in the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, California, beginning Friday.


Sports editor

Clark Grell is sports editor.

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