July 31, 2015

Four-star running back Jordan Stevenson commits to Huskers

nebraska_cornhuskers-helmet-logoFour-star running back Jordan Stevenson announced Thursday on Twitter that he has changed his commitment to Nebraska after reportedly being denied admission at his first choice, Wisconsin.

Stevenson – a class of 2015 recruit – originally committed to the Badgers late last year, but was reportedly barred from enrolling because of unspecified academic reasons.

He reopened his commitment earlier this month, receiving offers from several programs such as Alabama and Texas before deciding on the Huskers, according to 247Sports.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Stevenson is ranked by different services between the No. 17 and No. 32 running back in his class.

Storm Chasers survive ninth inning rally to down Round Rock

storm-chasers-logoClay Mortensen spun six solid innings as Omaha survived a ninth inning rally to hang to defeat Round Rock, 5-4, Thursday night in the third of four encounters at Dell Diamond. The Storm Chasers improved to 60-46, becoming the second team in the league to reach 60 wins, and moved to within three games of division-leading Oklahoma City, which fell to Memphis, in the American Conference North. The three-game spread is Omaha’s smallest deficit in the standings since April 24.

Michael Mariot tossed a scoreless eighth inning for Omaha and carried a 5-1 lead into the ninth before two singles and a walk filled the bases with two outs for Chris Gimenez, who doubled to clear them and bring the Express within one. The right-hander then struck out Ed Lucas to end the game and sew up the Storm Chasers ninth win in their last 11 games and second of the series. [Read more…]

Saltdogs doubled up by Sioux City

Lincoln-SaltdogsMike Gilmartin and Curt Smith swatted long balls but the Sioux City Explorers (45-18) doubled up the Saltdogs (24-39) 6-3 in front of 3,214 fans at Haymarket Park Thursday night.

Matty Johnson slugged a two-out grand slam for the X’s in the fourth, advancing the Sioux City to 5-0. It was just Johnson’s sixth career home run in six professional seasons.

Ryan Zimmerman (9-2) went the distance for the Explorers, allowing three runs on five hits to earn the win. Zach Varce (0-5) allowed five earned in eight hard-fought innings to suffer the loss.

Lincoln is now 0-9 against the Explorers on the campaign. [Read more…]

NCAA sets field of 64 for 2015 Baseball Championship

NCAA logoThe field of 64 teams competing for the 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

The national top eight seeds are UCLA (42-14), LSU (48-10), Louisville (43-16), Florida (44-16), Miami (Florida) (44-14), Illinois (47-8-1), TCU (43-11) and Missouri State (45-10). The top eight seed for Missouri State marks a first for a Missouri Valley Conference institution.

The ACC and SEC lead all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with seven. The Pac-12 has six institutions, while the Big 10 had a league-record five selected. [Read more…]

Saltdogs win home opener over Gary, third straight overall

Lincoln SaltdogsBehind solid pitching, prowling defense, and a few quick bursts of power, the Saltdogs (3-1) handled the Gary SouthShore RailCats (2-3) 5-1 in front of 3,912 fans on Opening Night at Haymarket Park Monday night.
Clad in their patriotic jerseys on Memorial Day, Lincoln capitalized on consecutive singles by Brian Joynt and Jon Gaston to open the fourth inning with a Curt Smith double and Mitch Canham sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead.
After Gary plated a two-out run in the fifth, C.J. Ziegler – who set a league record with 30 home runs in 2013 – blasted a solo home run to left center to lead off the sixth, his first in a Saltdogs uniform.

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