February 27, 2015

Alex Gordon begins throwing. Yost says he’ll be ready Opening Day

Alex Gordon (photo/MLB.com)

Alex Gordon (photo/MLB.com)

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon played catch for the first time since his December surgery to repair a tendon in his right wrist.  The former Husker has been cleared to take “dry” swings beginning today, meaning he can swing without any contact with a baseball.

“Just getting him loosened up to see how it feels,” Yost said.

Gordon has been working out intensely since arriving in Surprise, Arizona over a week ago. Gordan said when he arrived, he may still have to miss about a week’s worth of Spring Training games, but manager Ned Yost is very confident that his Gold Glove left fielder will be ready for Opening Day.


NU’s Boldt named Big Ten Player of the Week

Ryan Boldt (photo/NU Athletics)

Ryan Boldt (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska outfielder Ryan Boldt was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday following a stellar performance during a 3-1 series victory over the BYU Cougars last week in Peoria, Ariz. Boldt hit .625 (10-for-16) in the series, with at least two hits in every game, including a pair of three-hit performances. Boldt slugged .750 in the series and had an on-base percentage of .684, while two of his three walks were intentional.

On the season, Boldt is hitting .520 (13-for-25) with eight runs scored, while walking five times to just two strikeouts.

Monday’s award marks the third time Boldt has earned a weekly award from the conference office, as he was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week last season.

NU baseball loses opening series to UNLV

NU pitcher Max Knutson (photo/NU Athletics)

NU pitcher Max Knutson (photo/NU Athletics)

After posting a 2-0 shutout win on Friday night in the season opener, the Nebraska baseball team dropped the final two games of its series with UNLV, including a 3-0 loss in the finale on Sunday.

Nebraska had the tying or go-ahead run at the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but couldn’t get the big hit.

Nebraska had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth, but Brayden Torres closed out the win when he got freshman Scott Schreiber to fly out.

D.J. Myers, a junior college transfer gave up just three hits and one walk over 7.2 innings, while striking out five for UNLV. A pair of Rebel relievers finished out the shutout.

For the Huskers, sophomore Max Knutson struggled in his first career start, lasting just 2.0 innings. Three NU relievers stepped up and kept Nebraska in the game by giving up only one run over six innings.

Big Ten baseball tournament returning to Omaha in 2016 and 2018

Big Ten baseball is coming back to Omaha (photo/FoxNews)

Big Ten baseball is coming back to Omaha (photo/Fox News)

The Big Ten Conference announced that TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., will once again serve as the host venue for the Big Ten Baseball Tournament in 2016 and 2018 after setting record attendance numbers last season. The annual event will return to the site of the NCAA Division I Men’s College World Series from May 18-22, 2016, and May 23-27, 2018.

“We are very excited to return to TD Ameritrade Park for the 2016 and 2018 Big Ten Baseball Tournaments,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said. “It was amazing to see so many passionate fans at the Big Ten Baseball Tournament this past May, and we look forward to coming back to Omaha.”

“The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament far exceeded expectations,” Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority President and CEO Roger Dixon said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the tournament again in 2016 and 2018 and look forward to working with the Big Ten and Nebraska to build on the success.”

The Big Ten Baseball Tournament was held in Omaha for the first time in 2014 and established multiple attendance records. The attendance of 19,965 for the championship game on Sunday, May 25, ranked as the largest single-game conference tournament attendance in NCAA history. The five-day total tournament attendance of 62,020 marked the largest in the history of the event. Four days of the tournament featured attendance of more than 10,000, including Wednesday (10,400), Thursday (11,756), Saturday (12,319) and Sunday.

The Big Ten Baseball Tournament has been played annually since 1981, with a four-team field through 1999 and a six-team event from 2000-2013 before moving to its current eight-team format in 2014. Six different schools have won the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, with Minnesota leading all conference programs with nine titles. Michigan and Ohio State have each won eight conference tournaments, followed by Illinois and Indiana with four tournament crowns and Purdue with one.

The 2015 Big Ten baseball season begins in February and culminates with the Big Ten Baseball Tournament returning to Target Field in Minneapolis, the home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. The site of the 2017 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be announced at a later date.

Former Husker nearly turns himself into a World Series hero (VIDEO)

Lincoln native and former Cornhusker Alex Gordon was close to becoming a World Series hero.

Bottom of the ninth, two outs Game 7, Gordon keeps the Royals season alive with a single to center off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Like a movie, the Giants turn into the Bad News Bears…the ball gets past center fielder Gregor Blanco, left fielder Juan Perez boots the ball at the wall and all of the sudden Gordon is thinking inside the park home run.

Gordon talks about his hit. (VIDEO/MLB.com)

Gordon, who thought single as soon as he hit the ball, turned up the gas as he saw Blanco turn around.  He stumbled a bit coming past second.  Third base coach, former Omaha manager Mike Jirschele made the right call holding up Gordon at third.

Jirschele talks about his decision to hold up Gordon (VIDEO/MLB.com)

Alex is left stranded, the Royals lose game 7 of the World Series 3-2. Gordon went 2 for 3 and drove in one of the Royals runs.