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Unzicker’s bunt sends Huskers to walk-off win against BYU

February 23, 2019

A sister act completed a rally and gave the Nebraska softball team a 5-4, walk-off win against BYU in the opener of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday in Cathedral City, California.

The Huskers’ second game of the day, against Texas A&M, was halted in the fourth inning because of rain. NU was leading 2-1.

Senior Madi Unzicker scored the winning run after a successful squeeze bunt by sister Rylie Unzicker in the eighth inning.

Nebraska trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but immediately answered with a three-run frame to tie the game at 4-4.

The Huskers (8-2) sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth. Samantha Owen drew a walk and Lindsey Walljasper followed with a single. Bri Cassidy drew a walk to load the bases before Madi Unzicker delivered a two-run double down the left-field line. After the Huskers loaded the bases again, Tristen Edwards tied the game on an infield single.

International tiebreaking rules put Madi Unzicker on second base to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Lexey Kneib moved Unzicker over on a sacrifice bunt before Rylie Unzicker put down a bunt to score Madi.

Edwards finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk, and Cassidy was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored.

Walljasper improved to 3-0 with two innings of scoreless relief. NU senior Regan Mergele got the start in the circle. She threw five-plus innings, giving up three runs on four hits.

A decision was not immediately made on when the Huskers and Texas A&M would finish their game.