Gophers score five in the sixth inning for a Big Ten sweep of Husker softball

LINCOLN — A five-run sixth inning Sunday helped No. 18 Minnesota pull away for a 9-3 Big Ten softball victory over Nebraska and a sweep of the three-game series.

Minnesota (32-10, 13-1), built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the top of the second and third innings before the Huskers (15-27, 4-11), tied the game in the bottom of the third with a two-RBI single by Tristen Edwards.

The Gophers took the lead for good by scoring two runs in the fifth inning before the decisive five-run sixth. The big inning chased Nebraska starter Courtney Wallace from the game as Olivia Ferrell took over and pitched a scoreless 1⅓ innings of relief.

Nebraska begins a busy week Tuesday with a home game at 4 p.m. against South Dakota. That’s the first of six games in six days for the Huskers, who travel to Iowa City to play Iowa in a Wednesday doubleheader before returning to Lincoln for the final home series of the season beginning Friday against Maryland.

Minnesota (32-10, 13-1)………….011  025  0—9  12  2

At Nebraska (15-27, 4-11)……….002  001  0—3    6  2

W: Amber Fiser (20-6). L: Courtney Wallace (3-5). 2B: UM,

MaKenna Partain, Natalie DenHartog; NU, Alyvia Simmons, Lexey Kneib.

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