A pair of freshmen pitchers came up big for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they help Big Red salvage the final game of a four game series in an opening series at Fresno State on Monday, holding on for a 4-1 win. Freshman Tom Lemke threw five shutout innings for his first career win and freshman Kurt Giller closed the door in the ninth inning for the save after the Bulldgos tried to rally in the ninth.
Lemke allowed five hits in his five innings and struck out six. Giller allowed a run in the ninth to the Bulldogs, who rallied in the ninth inning in two of the first three games, but Giller shut them down for his first save. Giller got a strikeout and then Fresno State’s Bobby Coyle lined one down the first base line which was grabbed by Tyler Farst, who doubled up the runner on first to end the game. This came after the Bulldogs started the inning with three straight hits to break the shutout.
NU’s third basemen Josh Scheffert went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs. He finished with five RBI in the first four games. The Huskers head to Houston this weekend for the Rice Invitational.