NU was held to three hits as a team, as Cam Chick, Ty Roseberry and Leighton Banjoff each managed one hit apiece for the Big Red.
Sophomore left-hander Cade Povich, making his second start of the season, threw 5.2 innings and allowed three runs, while recording eight strikeouts and only one walk. Kyle Perry tossed 2.1 no-hit scoreless innings out of the bullpen before Max Schreiber held Arizona scoreless for the final 1.0 inning.
In the first inning, Arizona managed a leadoff single, but a flyout and strikeout-caught stealing double play ended a scoreless frame for the Wildcats. In the bottom half, Chick reached on an error in the leadoff spot before three consecutive outs.
The Wildcats drew a one-out walk in the top of the second, but a fielder's choice and flyout kept them from scoring. In the bottom of the second, NU scored one run to take the early lead. Banjoff blistered a one-out single before advancing to third on Mojo Hagge's bunt. Joe Acker's sacrifice fly brought in Banjoff before a strikeout ended the frame.
Povich retired all three Arizona batters in the top of the third. NU also went down in order in the bottom of the third on two flyouts and a groundout.
In the top of the fourth, Blake Paugh launched a solo home run to tie the score at 1-1, but Povich struck out the other three Wildcat hitters. Roseberry hit a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth, but was left on base after back-to-back strikeouts.
Arizona managed one hit in the top of the fifth, but Povich added two strikeouts as the other three Wildcat batters were retired. The Huskers were retired in order in the bottom half.
Paugh blasted another home run in the top of the sixth, a two-run shot, to put Arizona up by a 3-1 margin. NU put runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't add to its score. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot before Luke Roskam reached on a one-out walk, but back-to-back strikeouts kept the Huskers from scoring.
The Wildcats were retired in order with a flyout and two groundouts in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, NU also went down 1-2-3 with two groundouts before a foul pop-out.
In the top of the eighth, Perry retired all three Arizona hitters with three flyouts. Chick blasted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth to trim the deficit to 3-2 before three consecutive outs ended the frame.
Arizona managed one base hit in the top of the ninth, but each of the other three batters produced outs. In the bottom of the ninth, the Huskers went down in order.
The Huskers return to action next weekend for a three-game series against Arizona State in Phoenix, Ariz., starting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
Nebraska had several opportunities to make some noise, scoring the first run and hitting the only home run of the game. However, NU surrendered one unearned run and left two runners on third to give the Gators the edge. Tristen Edwards went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a homer. Cam Ybarra hit her first triple as a Husker and Samantha Owen also had one hit.
Olivia Ferrell dropped to 2-4 on the season. She started and pitched 4.0 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. She also had one strikeout. Courtney Wallace pitched 3.0 innings of relief. She gave up three runs - two earned - on three hits and had two strikeouts.
Florida's Natalie Lugo (6-1) pitched started and pitched 5.0 innings. She was pulled in the middle of the game but pitched the final inning for a total of 6.0 innings. She gave up three runs on four hits and had eight strikeouts.
Nebraska got right to work, scoring one run in the bottom of the first. Edwards hit a leadoff single and Unzicker bunted to move her over. Edwards reached third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch.
Florida took a 2-1 lead in the third, scoring two runs off three hits.
In the fourth, Ybarra hit a one-out triple to put the tying run on third, but the Gators got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
The Gators extended their lead in the fifth, scoring three runs on two hits and one Husker error.
In the sixth, the Huskers cut the lead to 5-3. Wallace drew a walk and Edwards hit a two-run homer, which forced a Florida pitching change. Unzicker drew another walk and stole second. She moved to third on a ground out but would get stranded there as the Huskers couldn't score her.
In the final inning, Florida added an insurance run after a hit batter and a double. Nebraska attemped the comeback in the bottom of the inning. Owen hit a leadoff single and Bree Boruff pinch ran for her. However, the Gators retired the next three batters to end the game.
The Huskers are back in action on Feb. 29 when they travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m. A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com.
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Aquinas 50, Columbus Scotus 35
Bennington 62, Ralston 60
Chadron 52, Ogallala 34
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 63, Bellevue East 53
Grand Island Northwest 60, Lexington 57, OT
Lincoln Northeast 85, Fremont 67
McCook 61, Cozad 18
Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Nebraska City 43
Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 88, South Sioux City 65
Wahoo 81, Blair 46
Waverly 61, Beatrice 52
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Fremont 59, Lincoln Northeast 47
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Omaha Roncalli 52, Omaha Concordia 34
Louisville 51, Ashland-Greenwood 36
West Point-Beemer 62, Winnebago 43
North Bend Central 65, Wahoo 61, OT
Lincoln Christian 49, Malcolm 42
Syracuse 34, Fairbury 30
Norfolk Catholic 35, Pierce 15
St. Paul 38, Columbus Scotus 33
Broken Bow 45, O'Neill 39
Adams Central 42, Kearney Catholic 32
Chase County 47, Gothenburg 32
Chadron 52, Ogallala 34
Nebraska City Lourdes 42, Elmwood-Murdock 31
Oakland-Craig 52, Yutan 39
Freeman 33, Southern 14
Guardian Angels 47, Ponca 33
Clarkson/Leigh 41, Howells/Dodge 39
Centennial 32, Bishop Neumann 21
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Superior 72, Fillmore Central 41
Hastings St. Cecilia 52, Grand Island Central Catholic 33
Wood River 47, Ravenna 37
South Loup 51, Elm Creek 36
Bridgeport 59, Morrill 50
Archbishop Bergan 54, Pender 34
Weeping Water 53, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 35
Hartington Cedar Catholic 57, Hartington-Newcastle 38
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 52, Elkhorn Valley 47
CWC 60, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 51
Twin River 41, Palmer 33
Diller-Odell 46, Meridian 41
Pleasanton 55, Shelton 21
Alma 38, Franklin 32
Maywood-Hayes Center 36, North Platte St. Patrick's 31
Cambridge 49, Dundy County-Stratton 34
South Platte 45, Kimball 17
Falls City Sacred Heart 35, Sterling 31
Wynot 53, Randolph 10
Dorchester 28, Exeter/Milligan 18
Bloomfield 45, Stuart 39
Humphrey St. Francis 71, Riverside 10
Lawrence-Nelson 59, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54
Anselmo-Merna 41, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34
Loomis 64, Silver Lake 48
Mullen 55, Arthur County 34
Wauneta-Palisade 34, Medicine Valley 28
Crawford 54, Sioux County 46
Leyton 34, Minatare 32