Senior Erik Bird went the distance throwing 143 pitches as he helped shut down the best hitting team in the country as Nebraska wins 4-2 over New Mexico Tuesday evening at Hawks Field.
Bird (2-1) gave up seven hits and struck out two over and limited a Lobo offense, which led the nation in batting average (.371) and ranked sixth in runs per game (9.7) to their second-lowest offensive output of the year.
Bird, coming off a career best 9.1 innings in his last start at Creighton last Tuesday, allowed a pair of first inning runs.
NU got on the board after being down 2-0 after Ben Kline, who went 2-for-4 on the night, and a double to left off the bat of DJ Belfonte put runners at second and third. Boomer Collins lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Kline before Cody Neer’s RBI single plated Belfonte to tie the game.
Jeff Tezak opened the third with a double and moved to third on a passed ball before Jake Mort perfectly executed a squeeze to plate Tezak and give NU a 3-2 lead.
The Huskers got an insurance run in the seventh against reliever Clinton Cox. The Huskers and Lobos will wrap up the two-game series Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.