Nebraska will look to shake off its latest slump when it opens a three-game softball series at Purdue beginning at 5 p.m. Friday in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Saturday's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the series finale is at 11 a.m. Sunday, though the Sunday forecast includes a high chance for rain.
The Huskers (13-23, 2-7 Big Ten) have lost 16 of 19 games, including their past four. The latest defeat came Tuesday at Creighton. The Bluejays handled NU offensively and defensively in a 9-1, five-inning win.
NU has struggled in all three areas on the diamond. The Huskers rank second to last in the Big Ten in hitting (.254), second to last in pitching (4.93 earned-run average) and last in fielding percentage (.940). The Huskers have committed 59 errors, which is 18 more than the team had all of last year (54 games).
The Huskers have yet to find some stability in the infield. Only Madi Unzicker has remained at the position (first base) she started the season at. Junior Samantha Owen has started the past 29 games at third base and has provided a steady glove there. But NU continues to struggle at the middle infield spots.
Nebraska is in danger of setting a program-high mark for team ERA. Nebraska, relying on two freshmen and a sophomore, has a 4.93 ERA, well above the program-worst 4.35 set in 2017.
Purdue (28-15, 5-6) is coming off a two-game split against Indiana. The Boilermakers have won two Big Ten series (Penn State and Iowa).
Purdue has five players hitting .315 or better, while sophomore Sydney Bates (11-6, 3.20 ERA) is the team's top pitcher. The Huskers had success against Bates in two wins last year in Lincoln.