There was no gloating, coasting or backslapping when the Nebraska softball team returned to practice this week.
Instead, the Huskers went right back to work after going 5-0 and putting up some big offensive numbers in their opening weekend of competition.
“That's how you continue to have consistently high-level performances,” coach Rhonda Revelle said.
Revelle said her hitters have been extremely focused since the first practice back in August, as well as putting in a lot of time in the offseason.
They were intent, she said, on being at their best on opening day, and it showed.
Nebraska scored 47 runs in the five games at the invitational in Las Cruces, N.M., and batted .397 with 16 doubles and nine home runs.
Juniors Taylor Edwards and Kylee Muir, sophomore Jordan Bettiol and freshman Alicia Armstrong are batting .500 or better. Edwards leads Nebraska with 15 RBIs and she and her twin sister, Tatum, have each homered three times.
Revelle wasn't surprised by her team's production even though it had practiced outside only three times.
The Edwards twins were the glue for the Huskers, she said, and showed a lot of maturity at the plate. She also was pleased with the performance of freshman Kiki Stokes (.375) and Armstrong (.500), who are batting first and ninth in the lineup and have given the team a lot of speed on the bases.
“We really had production up and down the lineup,” Revelle said.
First baseman Mattie Fowler was able to play in three of the games after coming back from an ACL tear she suffered last summer.
The Huskers face five opponents in three days this weekend at the University of Arizona.
NU opens Friday with games against Southern Utah at 10 a.m. and No. 16 Arizona at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Nebraska faces Utah State at 10 a.m. and Drake at 2 p.m. The Huskers finish with a nonconference game against Purdue at noon Sunday.
Arizona (3-2) has not lost a home opener since 1989. Drake is 4-1 with its only loss to defending champion Alabama, while Purdue (2-3) played well against tough competition in its opening weekend.
“I think it presents a really nice challenge, especially to play Arizona on its home field,” Revelle said.
— Marjie Ducey