April 16, 2014

Husker baseball gets first win of the year

After being held scoreless on four hits over the first five innings of Saturday’s home opener at Hawks Field, the Nebraska baseball team (1-7, 0-0 Big Ten) exploded for seven runs on five hits in the sixth inning to win its 35th straight home opener with a 8-5 victory over the New Mexico Lobos (2-5, 0-0 Mountain West). Down 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth in front of 1,592 fans on a chilly day at Hawks Field, Nebraska rallied from a five-run deficit for the first time since Feb. 25, 2011, when NU won 12-8 over Northern Colorado after falling behind 7-2 in the fourth inning.

Senior Chad Christensen delivered his third three-hit performance of the season, as he was 3-for-4 with a double, while Austin Darby and Kash Kalkowski each drove in a pair of runs on the afternoon. Every hitter in the Husker lineup either produced a hit or scored a run on the afternoon. Nebraska sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, the first time the NU offense has batted around this season.

With a 7-5 lead heading into the seventh inning, Josh Roeder and Dylan Vogt combined to throw three shutout innings down the stretch, with the pair striking out four Lobos. Vogt pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

Nebraska will look to sweep the two-game series with the Lobos when the two teams meet at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow at Hawks Field. Junior Christian DeLeon is scheduled to take the mound for the Huskers against New Mexico righty Sam Wolff.