Nebraska Softball to miss NCAA Tournament

The Nebraska softball season is officially over.

The Huskers were not among the 64 teams announced in the field for the NCAA Softball Tournament. NOW the year closes on 30-23.

With high expectations coming into an offseason that included a strong returning junior class and the addition of transfer Jordy Bahl, Nebraska finished No. 18 in the preseason national rankings. Some forecasters even went so far as to predict that Nebraska would host a regional game, something that was done by the top 16 national seeds.

Instead, Bahl was injured in the season opener. Nebraska finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference standings and exited the league tournament with an extra-innings loss to Indiana in the semifinals. The Huskers were not among the selection committee’s “first four out.”

Four other Big Ten teams made the field: Northwestern, Michigan, Indiana and Penn State.

With just two NCAA Tournament appearances in the past seven postseasons, Nebraska must now turn to an offseason that will include decisions for seniors regarding their additional COVID season, Bahl’s rehab and the addition of high school signees and possible transfers.