May 29, 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.

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.

 

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.