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Glatter’s walk-off blast is music to NU’s ears as Huskers finish off dominating sweep of Terps

April 30, 2019 GMT

The crack of Peyton Glatter’s bat when it connected with a 0-1 pitch had an emphatic tone to it.

It was a loud sound that the Husker offense enjoyed all weekend, and the sixth-inning swat served as the final note Sunday at Bowlin Stadium.

Glatter’s three-run homer to dead center field capped the Nebraska softball team’s third straight mercy-rule win against Maryland, this one by a score of 9-1.

It was the Huskers’ first Big Ten series sweep since late 2017, and it clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. It also came in NU’s final home game.

Those are good reasons to smile, and Glatter wore the biggest smile as she rounded the bases following her second career homer and first in walk-off style.

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“I was just doing it for my seniors,” said Glatter, who finished with two hits and a career-best four RBIs. “It’s their last time being out here on this field, so to be able to hit that home run for the seniors and leave on a good note is cool.”

Nebraska (20-28, 8-12 Big Ten) outscored Maryland (20-28, 4-16) 34-3 over three games. It marked the first time NU swept a Big Ten opponent via three three-mercy rule wins since Ohio State in 2014.

“It makes you feel like you’re seeing the ball well,” Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said. “We’re scoring in a lot of different ways.”

Three freshmen -- Glatter, Courtney Wallace and Lindsey Walljasper -- impacted the entire series.

Wallace, making her second straight start in the circle, limited the Terrapins to one run and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning. The Papillion-La Vista graduate also ignited a four-run second inning with an RBI single. It was Wallace’s seventh RBI of the weekend.

Walljasper (10-11), meanwhile, was extremely sharp in three relief innings. She earned the win after retiring nine of 10 batters on 32 pitches -- 23 for strikes. NU’s two freshman arms combined for eight strikeouts Sunday.

“I felt like we got contributions from our seniors today, but we also got contributions from our freshmen, so it shows you that we’ve got talent coming up and in and we’ve got kids that are older that are doing a nice job,” Revelle said.

Nebraska’s offense produced 26 hits over the weekend, including 13 during Saturday’s 14-0 win. Glatter, Wallace and Walljasper combined for nine hits and 11 RBIs against the Terrapins.

“We’ve talked about all season long, getting the program back to where we want, getting this name across our chest where we want it to be and this is a perfect example for the freshmen to come in and see just exactly what dominating is,” said junior Tristen Edwards, who had Sunday’s other big hit -- a bases-clearing double in the second inning.

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Nebraska went 5-1 during its busiest week of the season. The Huskers scored nine, seven, one, nine, 14 and nine runs in those games, and Revelle said the team is playing “focus-loose” right now.

The offense struggled during long stretches during the middle part of the schedule, especially against top-tier pitching, but Edwards said the potential was always there for a series like this.

“I think we’ve had the offense all year, it’s just a matter of stringing it together,” said Edwards, who had five hits in the weekend series. “This weekend, everything was just in favor. We had people on (base) at the right time, people getting hits at the right time. I think we’ve had the offense all throughout the season, but it’s really just starting to show. Things are starting to fall into place now.”

NU closes out the regular season next weekend at Wisconsin.

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