After dropping the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field, the Nebraska baseball team (8-14, 2-1 Big Ten) responded with a 6-4 win in game two to take its Big Ten opening series over the Illinois Fighting Illini (14-6, 1-2 Big Ten). The Huskers took the series opener on Friday, 9-5, behind a season-high 16 hits.
The two teams were tied, 4-4 after the third inning, when Nebraska’s bullpen shutdown Illinois bats and NU’s offense scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Zach Hirsch pitched 3.1 innings of shutout relief of starter Brandon Pierce, and Dylan Vogt finished the game with 2.2 innings of one-hit relief to earn his first win over the season after throwing 35 pitches for a save in Friday’s win.
The Huskers totaled 39 hits in the three-game series. Austin Darby led the way in the series clincher with a 3-for-5 performance, while Pat Kelly, Michael Pritchard and Chad Christensen each had two hits.
Nebraska caps its 12-game road trip on Tuesday, March 26, when it heads to Manhattan, Kan., for a midweek game with the Kansas State Wildcats at 6:30 p.m.