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.

Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing cellmate in California prison

Lawrence Phillips

Lawrence Phillips

Lawrence Phillips, the one time St. Louis Rams running back, who was given a chance to turn his troubled life around by then head coach Dick Vermeil, is suspected of murdering Damion Soward, a 37-year-old who was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder.

Phillips is serving 31 years in prison in California for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens.  The alleged killing took place on Saturday morning.

At the University of Nebraska, Phillips was suspended for allegedly dragging his ex-girlfriend by her hair down a flight of stairs. He was, reinstated by the team before the end of the season. Nebraska went on to win a national championship.

The Rams drafted him sixth overall in 1996, less than a year after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

In 2005, Phillips twice choked his girlfriend and then drove his car at teens after a pickup football game.

Fans are ready for the next era of Nebraska football, following large turnout for Spring Game

Terrell Newby carried a spring game high seven times in the near two and half hour scrimmage (photo/NU Athletics)

Terrell Newby carried a spring game high seven times in the near two and half hour scrimmage (photo/NU Athletics)

Fans are ready for the next era of Nebraska football.  The Mike Riley era opened with an exciting Spring Game debut in front of 76,881 fans at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Red held off the White, 24-15, thanks to a 17-0 lead in a game that featured four, 20-minute quarters.

Scoring Summary

First Quarter (Red 10-0)
RED – 14:04 – Adam Taylor 8 run (Drew Brown kick) – 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:56, RED 7-0
RED – 8:00 – Drew Brown 36 FG – 5 plays, 14 yards, 2:57 – RED 14-0

Second Quarter (Red 17-2)
RED – 8:11 – Jamal Turner 29 pass from Zach Darlington (Brown kick) – 5 plays, 79 yards, 3:43, RED 21-0
WHITE – 0:00 – TEAM Safety

Third Quarter (Red 24-2)
RED – 4:36 – DeMornay Pierson-El 32 pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Brown kick) – 2 plays, 56 yards, 0:52, RED 24-2

Fourth Quarter (Red 24-15)
WHITE – 16:09 – Jordan Nelson 52 pass from Ryker Fyfe (Spencer Lindsay kick) – 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:51
WHITE – 9:19 – Jariah Tolbert 25 pass from Tyson Broekemeier (2PAT pass failed) – 4 plays, 47 yards, 1:53

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Top ranked Husker bowling goes 4-1 on opening day of NCAA championships

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The top ranked Nebraska bowling team went 4-1 in team matches at the opening day of the NCAA championships at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Mo.  The Huskers had the highest pin total and highest average of the eight schools in attendance, but sit in second place behind Stephen F. Austin, who also went 4-1 on the day, but beat the Huskers in the head to head.

Nebraska has two more preliminary matches today before teams are reseeded for bracket play.

NCAA Bowler of the Year, Liz Kuhlkin, had the second best average at 223.4 and finished the day with a 268 game, second highest of the day.

NU Bowling

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.