It didn’t take Lindsey Walljasper long to make an immediate impact in college.
In her Husker debut, the freshman struck out eight in five innings of work, while finishing with a homer and four RBIs in the Nebraska softball team’s season-opening 14-2, five-inning win against Lamar on Friday in Houston.
Walljasper allowed seven hits and no earned runs, while finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Huskers (1-1) were unable to carry that momentum into the second game, losing 15-10 to Texas Tech (2-0) in the Lone Star College Classic.
The Huskers finished with 14 hits against Lamar. Senior catcher Bri Cassidy had three doubles in three plate appearances to tie a single-game school record. Walljasper, Courtney Wallace and Lexey Knieb each had two hits. Both of Wallace’s hits were triples.
The Huskers held a 3-2 lead after three innings and then exploded for 11 runs — all with two outs. Walljasper got things going with a solo home run to left center. Run-scoring doubles from Cassidy, Bree Boruff and Alyvia Simmons extended the lead to 9-2, and Walljasper, in her second plate appearance of the inning, made it 12-2 on a bases-clearing double.
Wallace tripled in a run and scored on a double by Kneib to complete the scoring.
Nebraska took a 6-2 lead against Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders scored three runs in the fourth, seven in the fifth and two in the sixth to take command.
Sophomore Olivia Ferrell took the loss, by surrendering seven runs on four hits and two walks. Wallace started the game and gave up five runs on five hits in four innings.
Nebraska cranked out 12 hits in the loss. Walljasper and Cassidy each had three hits.
Nebraska will play Lamar (11:30 a.m.) and Texas Tech (2 p.m.) again on Saturday.