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NU’s Fuente seals victory with late single
By Josh Camenzind
The seventh inning has not been
kind to the Nebraska softball team late
Things changed for the better
Tuesday night as the Huskers beat
Creighton 6-5 on a Jamie Fuente single
into centerfield in front of 258 specta
tors at the Husker Softball Complex.
Fuente’s hit scored Jennifer
Lizama, who led off the inning with a
bloop single to center. Lizama stole
second and a Jill Baker single advanced
her to third.
The Bluejays chose to intentionally
walk Ellen Middleton, who already had
a four RBIs and a homer, which
brought up Fuente. Fuente was not sur
prised by CU’s decision to walk her
“I kind of knew they were going to
walk her because she had hit a homer
and I had struck out twice,” said Fuente.
“You get a little burning inside and get a
little mad; I just knew I was going to hit
Jenny Voss picked up the win for
NU in relief for starting pitcher Leigh
Ann Walker who lasted 2 2/3 innings.
Voss improved her record to 7-3 while
striking out six.
Nebraska was playing its first home
game of the season after 22 straight
road games. Head Coach Rhonda
Revelle stressed the importance of
home-field advantage after the game.
“It really did affect us and we don’t
get to feel that very often,” said Revelle.
“I thought we had a pretty good crowd
for it being a little bit nippy.”
The Husker faithful got to see a
home run by Lizama that was one of the
longest ever hit in the history of the
complex. Lizama led off the bottom of
the fifth with a towering shot that car
ried over the left field scoreboard. The
home run forced Creighton Head
Coach Brent Vignes to bring in reliever
Shelli Mellegaard for starter Renee
“I told Lizama it had flames com
ing off of it,” Revelle said. “I don’t think
there has ever been a ball hit that hard
Vignes was pleased with his team’s
effort and the way it competed to come
from two down to tie the game. The
Bluejays were also Without top hitter
and base-stealer Heidi Geier, along
with Emily Townsend, who stayed in
Omaha with strep throat.
“I was very proud of our team,”
Vignes said. “We can only control who
is here, we cannot control who is not
here or not healthy. They competed and
there is no doubt about that.”
NU plays Creighton again in
Omaha next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Nebraska’s next game is Saturday in a
/ way very proud of
our team. We can only
control who is here,
we cannot control
who is not here or not
NU softball coach
QB decision, 1-back starter %
still up in the air for spring
By Adam Klinker
Senior staff writer
The new year is upon us, the year measured in
Nebraska by the onset of spring football practice.
And with a new year comes new questions, some
early explanation and a few unanswered inquiries - after
all, it’s only spring. But at NU, which is coming off a dis
appointing 9-4 season, it’s never too early to start waiting
’til next year.
And now it is next year, or at least 3 lA months
removed from the Holiday Bowl.
Specifically, five questions, among others, surface as
especially interesting or lingering after last season. And
just one practice into the spring, the answers won’t come
easy, but a great deal can happen between March and
So here they are:
Is there a quarterback controversy and
who will win the job?
There’s not a controversy so far as the spring workouts
are concerned, as Eric Crouch will be taking most of the
snaps while Bobby Newcombe recovers from an injury.
However, after Day 1, Crouch said he was eager to see
counterpart Newcombe out on the practice field as soon
Newcombe, however, was not suited up on Monday
and will most likely see limited action until fall practice
as he recovers from winter knee surgery.
On the depth charts, Crouch and Newcombe are listed
as the co-No. 1 quarterbacks, sparking the debate over
who will be the signal-caller come Sept. 4 and the
Comhusker season-opener at Iowa.
Crouch said he’s just taking advantage of his own
opportunities and health, but is hoping to see Newcombe
competing for the job in the near future.
“Whenever I get the opportunity to work with the No.
1 offense, it’s something I look forward to,” Crouch said.
“I’m just going to take advantage of my opportunities
whenever they arise. Hopefully I’ll get a lot of opportuni
ties with the No. 1 team.”
And with a year of experience for both quarterbacks,
Crouch said that the team should benefit, regardless of
who is taking the snaps.
“Both of us this past year did well,” Crouch said.
“Coming back and being experienced is going to defi
nitely help us out. That’s key.”
What is the status of a running game
that was among the poorest the
Huskers have ever had last season?
Very fine, thank you, said NU Coach Frank Solich.
After finishing sixth nationally last year in rushing
offense at 253.8 yards per game, Solich said the Huskers
will look to maintain the running tradition with the expe
rience retained with returning I-backs Correll Buckhalter,
DeAngelo Evans and Dan Alexander.
Though Evans and Alexander were not practicing on
the first day as both were recuperating from knee surgery,
both are listed at No. 1 on the charts, in a three-way tie
with Buckhalter, who was practicing on Monday.
Newcomers DeAntae Grixby, Chris Butler, Alik
Tillery and Dahrran Diedrick will also look to contribute
as they compete against each other for a backup job in the
Coupling the new faces with the veterans gives the I
back position some much-needed depth, remembering
last year’s injury problem. ,
With the fall will also come freshman running backs
Judd Davies, Josh Davis and Robin Miller, to further
stock the ranks.
However, NU must fill some holes at the fullback
position as the Huskers have lost Joel Makovicka to grad
uation, and Willie Miller is injured. So far this spring,
Junior Ben Kingston is running as the No. 1 fullback.
Still, Solich said, the rushing game should be hitting
on all cylinders with enough work this spring.
“We want to establish the running game. We’re defi
nitely still going to be that kind of team,” Solich said.
“We did some good things last year, but we need to get
more consistent, we need to build.”
“We were still sixth in the country in rushing last
year,” he said. “But it wasn’t like people thought it was
going to be, it wasn’t how the team would like it to be.
We’re going to come in now with a more focused attitude
and show people that Nebraska is going to be running
Another kicker named Brown?
Yep. Josh Brown, along with Dan Hadenfeldt, will
battle to fill the shoe of graduated place kicker and NU
record-holder Kris Brown.
The new Brown, a redshirt freshman from Foyil,
Okla., will compete for the starting job with junior letter
man Hadenfeldt, who will also be contending for the
punting duties with the departure of Bill LaFleur.
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