The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team saw its season come to an end Friday night, as two more unearned runs cost the Huskers in a 2-1 defeat to No. 2 Alabama, which punched its ticket to the Women's College World Series by sweeping the Huskers in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional.Alabama relied on four unearned runs to force extra innings in a 6-5, 12-inning victory on Thursday. On Friday, both of the Crimson Tide's runs were unearned, but Nebraska's defense also turned a school-record-tying three double plays. Even with the errors and six unearned runs in the Super Regional, the series-clinching victory was ultimately decided by Alabama's ability to get the clutch hit when NU could not.
Despite falling just short of a second straight trip to the Women's College World Series, the 2014 season was a successful one for the Husker softball program. NU won a share of the Big Ten Conference regular-season title, posted the seventh 40-win regular season in school history and won an NCAA Regional title for the eighth time in program history. Along the way, Nebraska set school records for most road victories (18), home runs (73), RBIs (325) and extra-base hits (173), while producing the top slugging percentage (.495) in program history.