February 12, 2016

Nebraska bowling…National Champs!

Jasmin Brown rolls a strike for the Huskers

Jasmin Brown rolls a strike for the Huskers

The Nebraska women’s bowling team won its fifth NCAA title in school history Saturday night, as the top-ranked Huskers defeated Stephen F. Austin 4-2 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis.  The Huskers have won five NCAA titles since bowling became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 2003 and in the first 12 years of NCAA sponsorship, the Huskers have finished first or second seven times.

Husker freshman Julia Bond of Aurora, Ill., won Most Valuable Player in the NCAA National Championship match, as senior Liz Kuhlkin also made the all-tournament team.

“This is literally the definition of hard work pays off, that match was so tough, and when we got behind there for a bit, we just continued to believe and work hard,” Bond said. “To win the national championship is really important to us, again, it just shows our hard work pays off.”

In game one, the Huskers beat SFA 237-232. In game two, Stephen F. Austin threw seven- consecutive strikes to defeat the Huskers 253-178.  Bond threw a strike and Kuhlkin was able to close the game out with a spare, as the Huskers crushed the Ladyjacks 201-171 in game three.  SFA evened the match at 2-2 with a 188-179 win.  to even the match up 2-2. In game five, NU was able to close out SFA after clutch shots from both Bond and Kuhlkin, as the Huskers took game five 205-201.  The Huskers closed out the championship in six games with Kuhlkin throwing the final spare.

“For the school this is our 10th title overall, and fifth NCAA title since the sport become sponsored by the NCAA in 2003. 10 is sure a nice number, I am certainly not discounting the five NCAA titles, 10 just sure does make a nice round number,” said head coach Bill Straub.


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.

Lockman tosses complete game as Husker softball salvages one game over Gophers

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

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

Junior Emily Lockman tossed a complete game, allowing only three runs against a Minnesota Golden Gophers team that ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring. It was her seventh complete game of the season as the Huskers took Sunday’s finale 5-3, managing one in this three game weekend series.

Lockman improves to 10-8 on the year as the offense came up in the clutch, coming through with runners in scoring position.  Junior Kiki went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and senior Steph Pasquale went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

This comes after Minnesota broke open a 3-3 late in Saturday’s game for an 8-3 win.  In the opener on Friday evening, the Huskers fell behind 5-0, before coming up short in their rally in an 8-7 final.

In that series opening loss, Nebraska saw its conference winning streak snapped at eight, its home winning streak snapped at 14 and its home conference winning streak snapped at 13.

Sand volleyball gets above the .500 mark

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The 15th-ranked Nebraska sand volleyball team defeated No. 19 Grand Canyon late Thursday night, 3-2. With the victory, the Huskers are now 3-2 in the sand season. The Huskers got wins from their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 pairs. Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson defeated Molly Turner and Emilee Erichsen (21-18, 21-13). Kelly Hunter and Kadie Rolfzen improved to 6-2 with a two set sweep, and Annika Albrecht and Cecilia Hall won 21-14, 21-12. Nebraska has three matches remaining, including Friday matches against Cal State Northridge (2 p.m. CT) and Boise State (6 p.m. CT) in Tucson, Ariz.

Nebraska 3, Grand Canyon 2

1. Kenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan (GCU) def. Alicia Ostrander/Justine Wong-Orantes (NU) 21-14, 18-21, 16-14
2. Amber Rolfzen/Kira Larson (NU) def. Molly Turner/Emilee Erichsen (GCU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Kelly Hunter/Kadie Rolfzen (NU) def. Brooke Razo/Alex Green (GCU) 21-16, 21-15
4. Annika Albrecht/Cecilia Hall (NU) def. Kaitlynn Ausmus/Megan Glennie (GCU) 21-14, 21-12
5. Becca Conrad/Alex Goodman (GCU) def. Melanie Keil/Alexa Ethridge (NU) 25-23, 21-13

Randy Gregory fails NFL pot test at Combine

Randy Gregory (photo: NU Athletics)

Randy Gregory (photo: NU Athletics)

NFL.com is reporting that former Nebraska star and potential top-ten draft pick, Randy Gregory, tested positive for marijuana in February at the scouting combine.

Gregory admitted to the website that he’s been smoking pot for a long time and almost got kicked off the Husker football team. He said he smoking after graduating high school and tested positive in January 2014 and April 2014 at Nebraska.  Gregory was threatened that he would be kicked off the team if he failed a third test.

“I blame myself,” Gregory told NFL.com in revealing the positive test. “And I know it sounds cliché, but there’s really no one else I can blame.”

Gregory, 6’5, 243-pounds, had 17.5 sacks in his two years at Nebraska.