Forget the weather forecast for this weekend. Just look at whether the Nebraska softball team plays at home.
Coach Rhonda Revelle said whenever it’s nice in Lincoln, the Huskers are on the road. When they’re home, it’s miserable.
“It’s just gotten comical,” she said.
Revelle got excited when she looked at the temperature Thursday morning in West Lafayette, Ind., where the Huskers play Purdue this weekend.
It was 71 degrees.
Then she looked at the forecast for Friday, when the teams are scheduled to open a three-game series at 3 p.m. Temperatures are expected to drop below 50 and rain is a possibility.
“I’m just used to playing in long johns,” Revelle said. “I’ve been layered up all year.”
Same goes for the Huskers, who wear leggings under their uniforms.
Temperatures are expected to warm up on Saturday and Sunday, so getting the series in shouldn’t be an issue.
The Huskers need to win all three games to try to narrow the gap on Big Ten leader Michigan (36-7, 13-0) before the teams meet from April 26 to 28.
The No. 18 Huskers (32-9, 10-3) are in second place. Purdue, at 20-23 and 7-7, is eighth but has won four of its past five Big Ten games.
NU was at its best in sweeping Minnesota on Tuesday, and Revelle said the Huskers are starting to hit their stride.
“Every game now is its own little season,” she said. “We’re in that time of year where every game is the most important game.”
Revelle is hoping for another big performance from the Edwards sisters, who dazzled against the Gophers.
Taylor Edwards doubled and homered in the first game. Tatum Edwards pitched a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in the second game and hit a grand slam to wrap up a 4-0 win.
“They both have explosive power,” Revelle said. “Taylor is on a good stretch where she’s very consistently getting it done for us.”
She’s hitting .359 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Tatum Edwards is hitting .259 with eight homers. She’s 20-6 in the circle with a 1.82 ERA.
Revelle said pitchers fall into two camps with no middle ground. You either have a pitcher who can’t hit or one who is so good at the plate you can’t leave them out of the lineup.
“It’s always nice when the pitcher hits,” she said. “It gives you more options in your lineup. Tatum runs really well, too.”