May 22, 2015

NU comes up short against Illinois as they set Big Ten win streak record

Nebraska lost to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament (photo courtesy/Illinois Athletics)

Nebraska lost to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament (photo courtesy/Illinois Athletics)

Big Ten Tournament, Illinois rallied to beat Nebraska 3-2.  The Huskers broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth with two runs on four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles from Tanner Lubach and Luis Alvarado. The Illini rallied in the bottom of the sixth with three singles and sac fly.  A bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth put Illinois on top.  For Illinois, it’s their 27th win in a row that’s a Big Ten record.  Texas and Florida hold the NCAA record of 34.

Two-time All-Big Ten pitcher Chance Sinclair made his 31st career start on Wednesday night and gave the Huskers 5.2 strong innings, as he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four. Sinclair allowed one hit over the first five innings, with three of Illinois’ four hits off of Sinclair coming in the sixth.

Huskers play fifth seeded Michigan State today at 1 p.m.

Three Husker baseball players pick up All-Big Ten second team honors

Seven Nebraska players picked up Big Ten honors (photo/NU Athletics)

Seven Nebraska players picked up Big Ten honors (photo/NU Athletics)

The Nebraska baseball team has three players honored by the Big Ten on their all-conference second team.  Catcher Tanner Lubach, outfielder Ryan Boldt and starting pitcher Chance Sinclair made the list.  Illinois, the Huskers opponent in the Big Ten Tournament opener on Wednesday landed six players on the first-team.

Relief pitcher Josh Roeder was named to the third team, with a trio of young players making the All-Big Ten Freshman list.  Those players are pitcher Garett King, outfielder Luis Alvarado and 1B Scott Schreiber.

Illinois’ David Kerian was named Player of the Year, while teammate Tyler Jay garnered Pitcher of the Year accolades. Michigan’s Jake Bivens took home Freshman of the Year honors, while Fighting Illini mentor Dan Hartleb was tabbed Coach of the Year.

C – Jason Goldstein, ILL
1B – David Kerian, ILL
2B – Brandon Lowe, MD
SS – Adam Walton, ILL
3B – Mark Weist, MSU
OF – Casey Fletcher, ILL
OF – Jackson Glines, MICH
OF – Pat Porter, OSU
SP – Blake Hickman, IOWA

C – Tanner Lubach, NEB
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NU baseball will carry a four-game losing into the Big Ten Tournament

NU baseball

NU baseball

The Nebraska baseball team held a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday, before rain sent the game into a near two hour delay in Champaign, IL.  Eventually, the game was called and will not count in the standings.

The Huskers end the regular season with a 34-21 overall record, including a 9-14 Big Ten record and picked up the eighth seed in the conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Minneapolis at Target Field.

Nebraska will open against top seeded Illinois, who has won 26 games in a row. The Huskers will practice at Target Field on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and play the Illini Wednesday at 5:05 p.m.

Big Ten Bracket

NU softball season ends after extra inning loss to LSU

NU softball heads to NCAA nationals (photo/NU Athletics)

NU softball  (photo/NU Athletics)

The Nebraska softball team fought to the very end with No. 5 national seed LSU on the Tigers’ home field, but the Huskers came up just short in a season-ending 3-2, 10-inning loss on Saturday night.

Both teams scored in the fourth inning and LSU scored twice in the top of the 10th inning. The Huskers answered with one run in the bottom of the 10th inning and had the tying and winning runs on base with one out, but NU could not complete the rally.

Junior right-hander Emily Lockman (18-14) was the hard-luck loser in one of the best outings of her career. Lockman went more than 7.0 innings for the first time in her career, allowing only two earned runs in 10.0 innings.

With the loss, Nebraska ended its season with a 35-23 record. LSU (46-12) will need to defeat No. 23 Arizona State twice on Sunday to advance to the NCAA Super Regional.

NU softball drops opening regional game to Arizona State

Emily Lockman beat 12th ranked Minnesota (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Lockman  (photo/NU Athletics)

Arizona State scored five unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 5-2 victory over the Nebraska softball team on Friday in a game that saw two weather delays in Baton Rouge, La.

Lightning caused a delay in the sixth with the Huskers up 1-0.  Following the near hour delay, the Husker offense went back to work.  Freshman Laura Barrow led off  the sixth with a single and Kiki Stokes followed with a single. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, and Alicia Armstrong brought Barrow home with a sacrifice fly to left field. Following the delay, Steph Pasquale grounded an RBI single up the middle to score Stokes from second to give Nebraska a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, starter Emily Lockman gave up a one-out walk. Elizabeth Caporuscio hit a ground ball to short that Armstrong bobbled and threw into right field trying to get the force out at second.  The throw sailed into right field allowing a run to score and Caporuscio to advance to third base. With two outs, ASU took advantage of wild pitching from Lockman.  She hit batter and a walk then loaded the bases, before Arizona State broke through with a three-run double and an RBI single to take a 5-2 lead.

The Huskers play Texas Southern in a must win game.  ASU will play host LSU.