Freshman Emily Lockman allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings and Nebraska defeated Oregon 4-2 Sunday in Eugene, Ore., to advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2002.
Lockman (15-5) struck out five for the 14th-seeded Huskers (45-14) who fell 4-3 in 11 innings to the third-seeded Ducks (50-11) in the earlier game Sunday, setting up Game 3 in the Super Regional series at Oregon’s Howe Field.
Gabby Banda and Taylor Edwards both singled and scored to put the Huskers up 2-0 in the top of the first, but Samantha Pappas singled to right center with the bases loaded in the bottom half to even the game at 2.
The Huskers went ahead when Alicia Armstrong’s single scored Courtney Breault in the third inning. Mattie Fowler added an insurance run in the sixth inning when her single scored Armstrong.
The loss marked the final game for Oregon senior outfielder Allie Burger (Shadle Park). She went 0 for 2 in the second game and 2 for 4 in the opener.
Nebraska will open World Series play against Washington at 9 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City. Florida, Tennessee, Arizona State, Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma are the other teams to qualify.