Huskers drop season opener to BYU

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Nebraska’s four-game winning streak in season openers ended with a thud Thursday as the Huskers dropped a 12-1, 5-inning decision to BYU at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.

The Cougars racked up 14 hits in the first three innings while building a 12-0 lead. BYU scored two runs in the first inning on just one hit before scoring five runs in both the second and third innings.

Junior Kaylan Jablonski took the loss for the Huskers by allowing 1 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits in just over two innings of work. Cassie McClure gave up one run on three hits in the third inning before Caitlin Bartsch pitched a scoreless fourth inning with one strikeout.

BYU ace McKenna Bull, the reigning two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, had seven strikeouts and gave up just one hit in five innings.

The lone Husker hit was a solo home run down the left field line by left fielder Austen Urness. It was the 10th career home run for the junior from Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Nebraska plays two games Friday – against defending national champion Oklahoma at 11 a.m., followed by a match-up with 2016 national runner-up Auburn at 2 p.m.

Nebraska (0-1) ……… 000 10—   1    1 1

BYU (1-0) ……………… 255 0x—12 16 0

W: Bull, 1-0. L: Jablonski, 0-1. 2B: BYU: Jensen (1), Strid (1), St. Clair (1). HR: NU: Urness (1). BYU: Sugg (1).

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