UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nebraska stranded 12 base runners and Penn State’s Lauren Yao delivered the game’s biggest hit as the Nittany Lions upset No. 14 Nebraska 3-2 Sunday.
With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Yao fouled off 10 two-strike pitches before lacing a bases- clearing double.
Penn State (15-32, 5-16 Big Ten) then hung on for the win, the Nittany Lions’ first against a top-15 team in more than two years.
NU jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when senior Courtney Breault’s sacrifice fly scored Alicia Armstrong. The Huskers made it 2-0 when Penn State bobbled a relay throw after Taylor Edwards doubled, allowing senior Gabby Banda to score.
Nebraska, though, had just three hits the rest of the way. For the game, the Huskers went 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position and 4 for 18 with runners on base.
After Penn State took the lead, Nebraska stranded its 10th and 11th runners of the game in the top of the sixth inning. In the seventh, Tatum Edwards reached on a one-out single but was stranded there as Penn State claimed the win in front of 768, the largest crowd in Beard Field history.
The rubber match of the series is at noon Monday.
Nebraska (38-12, 15-6) ........................... 101 000 0—2 9 0
At Penn State (15-32, 5-16) ........................... 000 030 x—3 6 2
W: Diescher, 1-6. L: Lockman, 14-4. 2B: NU, Tay. Edwards; PSU, Yao.