Auburn pitcher Kaylee Carlson proved to have the steady hand as she worked out of trouble in the last two innings, guiding the No. 2 ranked Tigers to a tense victory against Nebraska.
Taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, Carlson saw Cassie McClure lace a hit off the left-field fence, but a Husker baserunner misread the play and was thrown out at second base. Haley Donaldson did drive in a run, but the inning ended for Nebraska (0-3) on a double play.
Protecting that one-run lead in the seventh, Carlson got one out before Gina Metzler reached on a double, on a play where two Auburn outfielders got tangled up going for the ball. But the Huskers managed just two fly balls after that, and Auburn (2-1) held on for the win.
Carlson allowed nine hits, with no walks and one strikeout. Freshman KK Crocker had two hits for the Tigers.
Nebraska starting pitcher McClure allowed seven hits to go with six walks and four strikeouts. Metzler, Austen Urness and Alyvia Simmons each had two hits for the Huskers.