Nebraska rallied late to win the final game of a Big Ten baseball series againsat Iowa.
Trailing 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning the Huskers (21-13-1, 5-3-1 Big Ten) scored three runs, with two coming in on a triple by Mojo Hagge. Luis Alvarado closed the door in the ninth, his sixth save of the year, and the Huskers notched a 8-6 win to avoid a sweep by the Iowa Hawkeyes (22-12, 5-4 Big Ten). Nebraska hasn’t been swept at home during conference play in 2009, when it was swept three times during Big 12 play by Kansas State, Texas and Missouri.
The Huskers entered the eighth with a 5-4 lead, but Iowa scored twice with two outs to take its first lead of the game, 6-5. Nebraska then answered in the bottom of the inning, as Hagge lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Josh Martsching down the right-field line for a two-RBI triple, his second three bagger of the year. Martsching then hit Jake Meyers and Angelo Altavilla drove in Hagge with a RBI single.
Alvarado took the mound in the ninth and had to face the top of Iowa’s lineup. The junior right hander made quick work of the first two batters before Jake Allen roped a two-out double, his fourth double of the series. Alvarado came back and got a pop out to end the game.