The Nebraska baseball team wraps up its seven-game road trip this weekend, traveling for a three-game series with the Kansas Jayhawks. Friday and Saturday’s start times at Hoglund Ballpark are set for 6 p.m. with the finale slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Nebraska (18-21-1, 4-14 Big 12) brings some momentum into the weekend after defeating Creighton, 4-3, in 12 innings Tuesday night. The Huskers received a strong pitching performance from senior Erik Bird, who allowed one run over 9.1 innings of work, and timely hitting in the 12th to plate three runs, including an RBI double by Jeff Tezak and a run-scoring single from Cade Thompson to break the 1-1 deadlock.
With three weeks left in the conference race, the Huskers have some ground to make up if they want to qualify for the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City. NU is four games behind Missouri for eighth place in the league race entering the weekend, but has a tough task this weekend with Kansas.
The Jayhawks (27-14, 8-7 Big 12) are in a three-way tie with Oklahoma and Kansas State for fourth in the conference race. KU has been tough at home in league play, posting sweeps of Texas and Oklahoma State. Nebraska will look to join Baylor as the only two teams to take a series from the Jayhawks in Lawrence this season