Everything you need to know for Nebraska softball's appearance at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
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7:30 p.m.: vs. Texas A&M
10 p.m.: vs. Mississippi State
7:30 p.m.: vs. UCLA
11:30 a.m.: vs. St. John’s
5 p.m.: vs. Washington
Scouting Nebraska: The No. 23 Huskers head into their most difficult tournament of the nonconference season with games against three teams ranked No. 6 or higher. ... This is the eighth consecutive season Nebraska (8-2) has competed in this tournament. The Huskers have an overall record of 17-21 in Palm Springs, with 13 of the last 15 losses coming to ranked teams. ... Nebraska’s .277 batting average is second in the Big Ten Conference and 46th nationally. ... Tristen Edwards is second in the Big Ten with a batting average of .455 . Taylor Otte and Kaylan Jablonski have 13 hits apiece. ... Jablonski has had a win or save in seven of NU’s eight victories. Her four wins lead the Big Ten.
Scouting Texas A&M: The Aggies are ranked No. 6, enter the tournament with a 9-0 record and have a staff of seven pitchers. That group is led by senior Trinity Harrington, who is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 20 innings. ... All-American Tori Vidales leads A&M with a .517 batting average that includes one double, five home runs and 21 RBIs.
Scouting Mississippi State: The 8-1 Bulldogs play two games Thursday before facing the Huskers. ... Mississippi State pitchers have allowed two earned runs. Holly Ward and Cassady Knudsen have 0.00 ERAs and a combined 63 strikeouts in 42 innings. ... Mia Davidson leads Mississippi State with a .519 average with three doubles, two triples and two homers.
Scouting UCLA: The No. 3 Bruins are 10-0 — half of those wins have gone just five innings because of the mercy rule. UCLA is averaging more than eight runs per game. ... Pitcher Rachel Garcia was named the NFCA national freshman of the year in 2017 before being named to the 2018 USA Softball World Championship roster. She is 3-0 with a 0.61 ERA and 42 strikeouts. ... Five Bruins are hitting .400 or better, led by Taylor Pack at .635 .
Scouting St. John’s: The 2-3 Red Storm face Arizona and San Jose State on Thursday before playing Nebraska. ... Madison Morris is 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA and McKenzie Murray is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA. ... Christina Melendez is hitting .600 with a 1.000 slugging percentage to lead the St. John’s offense.
Scouting Washington: The No. 1-ranked Huskies are 12-0. Only two of those games have gone seven innings. Washington’s pitching staff has produced nine shutouts with a combined ERA of 0.43 while surrendering four earned runs and striking out 106 batters. ... The Huskies have scored at least seven runs in every game and have a total of 133 in 12 wins.