Rhonda Revelle was operating at warp speed on Monday.
That's what happens when your team qualifies for its first softball super regional.
Revelle and Nebraska will travel to Oregon this weekend for the best-of-three series against the Ducks. Game one is 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Games Sunday are at 2 and 5 p.m., if needed.
Revelle started her day with a conference call, some interviews and giving her input on travel arrangements for the trip to Eugene. She also was trying to respond to all of the emails she received after the Huskers rolled past Stanford 10-5 to win the regional title Sunday.
“It's a little crazy,” Revelle said.
But much better than wrapping up the season.
Revelle was still feeling a little emotional after Sunday's victory. She said it was a special moment afterward when she looked into the tear-filled eyes of her seniors, who had played their last game at Bowlin Stadium.
“I told them before the game they have earned the right to be in this game today. They earned it every day of the year,” she said. “Just go out and enjoy it and play like they've been playing. Don't change a thing. Just stay the course.
“It's easy with this group. They made it so easy. They are just on task.”
It wasn't always easy on Sunday. The Huskers had to deal with three rain delays and come back from a 3-1 deficit.
Revelle said the team stayed loose during the breaks, talking, dancing and singing. They re-enacted scenes from their favorite movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and left fielder Kiki Stokes entertained with her pep talks from the coach.
“It was a comedy hour,” Revelle said. “This group has a really good switch. When the game came back on, it was let's go. I just have a lot of trust in their ability to be ready.”
It may have been hardest on pitcher Tatum Edwards (29-8), who gave up 10 hits. Revelle said they've talked often about things you can control and things you can't, but she'd never had an experience like Sunday.
She couldn't control the weather, field conditions or how the home-plate umpire called the game. She had to work hard to keep her composure when pitches weren't called the way she'd been used to this season.
Pitching coach Lori Sippel had to take a couple of trips to the circle to deal with some of that frustration. By the fifth inning, Edwards was able to concentrate on just getting the ball to her twin sister, catcher Taylor Edwards.
Revelle said she thought it was Tatum Edwards' best game.
“I think she just matured right there on the mound,” she said. “I just felt like she clicked in a zone. None of it mattered.”
Shortstop Alicia Armstrong also got some accolades for her defense and a solo home run that sparked a five-run, fifth-inning rally. She finished 3 for 4.
People commented that it was a breakout game for the freshman from Beatrice, but Revelle disagreed.
“She's been playing very well all year,” Revelle said. “She's a competitive, athletic kid. You expect great players to do great things in great moments. She was doing what she does.”
The Huskers will leave Thursday for Oregon, where they'll face a team with two outstanding pitchers — Pac-12 pitcher of the year Jessica Moore and freshman Cheridan Hawkins — and a very good offense and defense, Revelle said.
Karissa Hovinga, from Papillion-La Vista, is the third pitcher on the roster. She's 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
The third-seeded Ducks (49-9) won the Pac-12 and beat Wisconsin 3-0 in their region final. They are 19-0 at home this season and lead the nation with 24 straight home victories.
They beat the Huskers 11-2 in six innings in February in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. It was NU's only run-rule loss of the year.
“They are riding a lot of confidence,” Revelle said. “We've got a good week of scouting ahead of us. We'll continue to make it primarily about us, but we'll prepare for them.”
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