March 31, 2015

Nebraska completes home sweep of Texas with solid pitching all weekend

Chance Sinclair led NU to a win on Friday (photo/NU Athletics)

Chance Sinclair led NU to a win on Friday (photo/NU Athletics)

Home sweep home.  Nebraska baseball improved to 21-7 after their three-game sweep of 16th ranked Texas on Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 win. The sweep improves the Husker record to 14-1 at Hawks Field this season.

Nebraska’s pitching staff held the Longhorns to three runs on 12 hits in 33 innings, including one run over the first 32 innings of the series.  Texas added two late runs after falling behind 6-0 on Sunday.

Derek Burkamper, on Sunday, struck out a career-high six batters in a career-long 8.1 innings.

In Saturday’s 1-0 win over Texas in 15-innings, Kyle Kubat, along with relievers Jake Hohensee, Colton Howell and Jeff Chesnut limited the Longhorns to four hits and three walks on the day, while piling up 19 strikeouts. It was the most strikeouts by a Husker staff since 2009 when NU notched 22 punch outs in a 15 inning game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

In Friday’s opener, Chance Sinclair won his third straight to improve to 4-3 on the year and 13-4 during his career at Nebraska. The third-team preseason All-American didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning in a 3-1 final.

Husker baseball earns first win in program history over Cal State-Fullerton

Garett King (photo/NU Athletics)

Garett King (photo/NU Athletics)

The Husker baseball team had never beaten Cal State Fullerton in eight tries in program history. That changed yesterday at Hawks Field as the Husker won their 11th in a row and are now 11-0 at home following their 7-2 win over the Titans. Ben Miller with 3 for 4 with two doubles. Freshman pitcher Garett King struck out five and walked now in 5.1 innings for his second win of the season.

Ben Miller led the NU offense on the night with a 3-for-4 performance, including his second career two-double game. After notching NU’s first hit of the game with a single in the second inning, the sophomore hit a double in the sixth and an RBI double in the seventh to put the Huskers ahead 7-2.

CSF freshman Connor Seabold also struck out five over 5.1 innings, but allowed three runs on seven hits in the loss and fell to 2-2 on the year.

The Huskers go for their 12th in a row with a 1:35 start against the Titans today. scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

NU baseball puts 10-game win streak on the line, Servais goes for 401 with Creighton and NU softball hits the road

After a day off the red hot Husker baseball team is back at Hawks Field today, where they are undefeated at 10-0 and bring a ten-game win streak into today’s game with Cal State-Fullerton, a team the Huskers have never beaten.  The Titans own an 8-0 record against Nebraska and come into this two game series with a 1-5 road record.  NU freshman Garret King will start today’s game.

Congratulations to Creighton baseball coach Ed Servais.  He picked up his 400th coaching victory with the Bluejays on Sunday in their 8-3 win over Stony Brook.  400 wins, 237 losses, a .628 winning percentage. He has led the Bluejays to the NCAA tournament four times and guided the baseball program to the school’s first BIG EAST regular-season championship last season.  The Bluejays hold an 19-7 edge on Air Force. The last meeting between the two teams came in 2011 as Creighton posted an 11-9 win on March 16. The two teams were scheduled to meet in 2013 but the game was washed out by rain. Air Force has taken three of the last four meetings. Coach Servais is 5-3 in his career against the Falcons.

Busy time for the Nebraska softball team.  They’re over in Iowa for a doubleheader and it just gets busier.  NU will play eight games against four opponents in three cities in the span of eight days.  Some interesting stats.  Nebraska is averaging 7.2 runs per game this season. The school record is 5.7 runs per game, set last season, the Huskers have won their last six Big Ten games, but are 0-6 on the road.

Huskers baseball finishes off sweep of Sycamores

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Nebraska baseball (14-6, 0-0 Big Ten) won another one-run game as they completed a two-game sweep of the Indiana State Sycamores (8-9, 0-0 MVC) on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-2 victory. The Huskers are now 7-0 at Hawks Field and continue their 16-game homestand on Friday at 6:35 p.m. when they open Big Ten play with a three-game series against the Michigan Wolverines.

Senior Josh Roeder shut the door for the second straight day to notch his seventh save of the season. Roeder is now seven saves away from breaking Brett Jensen’s NU career saves record of 31.

The Huskers scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning, capped by a two-run homer from Austin Darby. It was Darby’s first home run of the season and snapped an 0-for-9 slump for the senior right fielder.

Husker baseball wins their 37th straight home opener

Garett King picked up his first career win (photo/NU Athletics)

Garett King picked up his first career win (photo/NU Athletics)

The Nebraska baseball team won its 37th straight home opener on Tuesday afternoon at Hawks Field with a 9-3 win over the Northern Colorado Bears. 4,121 fans came out to watch the Huskers on a beautiful afternoon, as temperatures reached the low 70’s. It was the largest crowd for a home opener since 2012, when 4,169 fans came out to watch the Huskers beat Kansas State.

The Huskers scored seven of their runs in the first two innings, and senior Blake Headley led the NU offensive attack with a pair of triples.  In the first inning, the Huskers drew a of walks from Jake Schleppenbach and Ryan Boldt. Blake Headley tripled to give the Huskers a 2-0 lead and scored on an RBI by Ben Miller. The Huskers loaded the bases with no outs in the second and the Bears forced in a pair of runs when reliever Dylan Shiraki hit Miller and walked Luis Alvarado. Austin Darby then pushed NU’s lead to 7-0 with a two-RBI double.

The Bears cut into Nebraska’s lead with a run in the fourth and a pair of runs in the eighth to make it a 7-3 game, but another triple by Headley along with Miller’s third RBI of the game in the bottom of the eighth pushed NU’s lead back to six runs at 9-3.

Colton Howell polished off the win in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts and freshman starter Garett King earned his first win as a Husker.

The Huskers and Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 p.m. for the second game of their two-game series. A pair of freshmen right handers are scheduled to start tomorrow, Zack Engelken for the Huskers and Zach Heath for the Bears.