Nebraska (18-10, 1-3) fell behind and couldn’t dig themselves out of a hole after Oklahoma State (20-6, 4-3) homered four times in an eight-run second inning and lost to the Cowboys in the series opener, 12-7, on Friday night at Hawks Field. The defeat put a stop on Nebraska’s nine-game home winning streak.
Matt Freeman (4-2) started the game with a dominant first inning, striking out the side on only 11 pitches, including seven straight strikes in his first home Big 12 start. The Omaha, Neb., native then saw the Cowboys come back to score eight runs on eight hits in the second before he was relieved by Tom Lemke.
Behind the bats of Cory Burleson and Kurt Farmer, the Huskers attempted to chip away at the deficit and trailed 9-5 after four innings. Burleson hit a three-run homer after a 14 pitch battle. Burleson, then hit a solo shot to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning.
While Burleson finished 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs, Farmer had his fourth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.
OSU starter Mike Strong (3-0) went five innings to pick up the win, while Randy McCurry threw the final four to earn the save.