LINCOLN — Nebraska used a strong offensive performance against UNO ace Dana Elsasser to earn a 4-0 win Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium.
The No. 19 Huskers (23-6) produced 11 hits and scored four runs off Elsasser, who had allowed a total of six runs in her first three career starts against Nebraska.
Nebraska took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Gabby Banda drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double from Taylor Edwards. Edwards moved to third on an error and scored on a two-out RBI single from Dawna Tyson.
Edwards stretched the Huskers’ lead to 3-0, leading off the fifth inning with a long solo home run over the scoreboard in left field.
She added another run in the top of the sixth, reaching on a one-out infield single before scoring on a two-out RBI single from Banda that gave Nebraska a four-run lead.
The win was Nebraska’s 11th shutout of the season, and made the Huskers the first team to shut out the Mavericks (22-4) this year.
Freshman right-hander Emily Lockman (9-2) earned the win for the Huskers, allowing four hits with three strikeouts in four innings. Edwards picked up the first save of her career, tossing three innings of one-hit relief while striking out six.
Elsasser (13-4) took the loss for UNO, allowing four runs — three earned — on 11 hits in a complete-game effort.
>> NOTES: The schedule for this weekend’s series between Nebraska and Illinois in Urbana, Ill., has been changed due to field conditions at Eichelberger Field. The teams will now play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s game at 11:30 a.m. ... This weekend’s series between UNO and South Dakota State has been moved to Omaha because of poor field conditions in Brookings, S.D. The Mavericks and Jackrabbits will play at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday at Westside Field at Westbrook.
Nebraska (23-6) ...... 002 011 0—4 11 1
UNO (22-4) .............. 000 000 0—0 5 1
W: Lockman, 9-2. L: Elsasser, 13-4. S: Tat. Edwards, 1. 2B: NU, Tay. Edwards (5), Thomason (7). UNO, Mathewson (6). HR: Tay. Edwards (7).