Kansas Upsets No. 19 Nebraska, 3-1, to Open Columbia Regional



May 16, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Kansas softball team posted a 3-1 upset over No. 19 Nebraska Friday to advance to the winner's bracket of the Columbia Regional of the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship at University Field. The Jayhawks (34-21) will play the winner of Friday afternoon's Mizzou-Bradley game on Saturday, May 17 at 3 p.m., while the Cornhuskers (40-16) take on the loser at 6 p.m.

Kansas P Kelsey Kessler scattered one run and five hits over seven innings to improve to 20-14 on the season. Kessler also worked around numerous Nebraska, as the Huskers stranded eight on the day.

The Jayhawks took a quick 3-0 advantage with a two-out rally in the top of the first. With two outs, Kansas 1B Maddie Stein poked a single through the right side that scored 2B Ashley Newman, who led off the game with an infield single and stole second. LF Taylor Hatfield then blasted her fourth home run of the season for a 3-0 Jayhawk lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Nebraska looked poised for a big inning but managed just one run on three hits. The Huskers got singles from 3B MJ Knighten and SS Alicia Armstrong to put runners on first and second with one out. CF Kiki Stokes singled up the middle to score Knighten and cut Kansas's lead to 3-1. But Kessler forced a strikeout and foulout to end the inning without further damage.

The Huskers had a change to tally more runs in the bottom of the sixth after putting two on with no outs. However, Kessler buckled down to record three straight outs to thwart the attempt.



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