April 26, 2015

Husker baseball pounds K-State

Elijah Dilday delivers a hit for the Huskers (photo/Photo Courtesy Stephanie Carpenter/NU Media Relations)

Elijah Dilday delivers a hit for the Huskers (photo/Photo Courtesy Stephanie Carpenter/NU Media Relations)

Behind 12 hits, including home runs from Ben Miller and Scott Schreiber in the third inning, the Nebraska baseball team (30-13, 6-6 Big Ten) picked up its 30th win of the season on Tuesday night with a 10-4 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats (18-21, 5-10 Big 12). The Huskers are now 20-4 at Hawks Field this season, including a 14-1 record during non-conference play.

The Huskers out hit the Wildcats 12-8 on the night and improved to 17-0 on the season when notching double-digit hits. The bottom of NU’s lineup did damage all night, as the 6-7-8-9 hitters totaled five hits and seven RBIs. The four Huskers combined for two doubles, one triple and one home run.

Freshman Garett King improved to 4-0 in the win and the Huskers are now 7-0 in games where King starts. The right hander tossed four shutout innings, while giving up three hits and a walk. Five relievers worked behind King, including Austin Christensen, who produced a career-high four strikeouts over 2.0 innings of work. The Husker pitching staff notched 10 strikeouts on the night, while walking three.

The Huskers get back to Big Ten play this weekend with a trip to Iowa City, Iowa. For the third straight year the Huskers will play the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road, with the series opener set for 6:05 p.m. on Friday night at Duane Banks Stadium.

Husker baseball wins in extra innings at K-State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Tanner Lubach went 5-for-5 and drove in the eventual game-winning run  in the 10th inning, as the No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (24-10, 3-3 Big Ten) won 5-4 over the Kansas State Wildcats (13-17, 2-7 Big 12).

Josh Roeder came in for the 10th and picked up his 10th save of the season with a pair of strikeouts. Roeder is now four saves away from breaking Brett Jensen’s school record of 31 career saves.

In front of 3,081 fans, the largest crowd at Tointon Stadium this season, Lubach came to the plate with two outs in the top of the 10th and delivered a RBI single to left field that put the Huskers on top 5-4. The senior catcher, who had three career three-hit games entering the night, notched three singles and two doubles on the night. Lubach is the first Husker to produce five hits in a game since Michael Pritchard last season, when he produced five hits in a 14-5 win over Kansas State in Lincoln on April 15.

The Huskers will be back in action at Hawks Field on Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

King picks up Big Ten honor

Garett King (photo/NU Athletics)

Garett King (photo/NU Athletics)

For the second straight week a member of the Nebraska baseball team earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, as Garett King was selected for the honor on Tuesday by the league office after Elijah Dilday was recognized last week.

King went a career-high 8.0 innings and issued only two hits to improve to 3-0 on the year in 5-1 win over Creighton last Tuesday at Hawks Field. The 6-3 right hander struck out five and didn’t issue a walk for the second straight start. King was perfect through the first four innings, before Harrison Crawford led off the fifth with a triple down the right-field line that just escaped the out-stretched glove of Austin Darby. Crawford scored CU’s lone run of the game when Brett Murray lifted a sacrifice fly into center field.

Following the triple, King went on to retire 12 of the final 13 Jays he faced, before junior Jeff Chesnut took the mound in the ninth and retired the Jays in order to finish the win.

A native of Anaheim Hills, Calif., King is scheduled to start for the Huskers tonight at Kansas State. He has made seven appearances this year, including four starts, and has a 2.00 ERA over 27.0 innings of work with 14 strikeouts to four walks.

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.