Behind a one-hit performance from the Husker pitching staff, the Nebraska baseball team (4-7, 0-0 Big Ten) completed a doubleheader sweep of the Northern Colorado Bears (3-6, 0-0 Great West) on Wednesday afternoon at Hawks Field. After taking game one, 10-5, the Huskers posted a 5-1 win in game two to extend their winning streak to four games.
Six Husker pitchers combined to shut down the Bears, including freshman starter Jeff Chesnut, who struck out three Bears in 4.0 innings of work to earn his first career win at Nebraska. Five relievers pitched an inning each, combining for seven strikeouts. Offensively Austin Darby, Pat Kelly and Kash Kalkowski each had two hits in game two, with Darby adding two RBIs. Kalkowski was 5-for-7 on the afternoon, raising his average over 100 points from .179 to .286.
In the first game, The Huskers scored in each of the first four innings of the game, while NU’s pitching staff posted a season-high 12 strikeouts on the day. Kalkowski and Corey Stringer each notched three hits, with Stringer driving in a career-high four runs on a pair of singles and a double. Darby added his first homerun of the season with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning.
Aaron Bummer picked up his first win of the season in his first career start, as the sophomore lefty struck out a career-high five batters in a career-high 3.0 innings of work. Zach Hirsch added six strikeouts in 4.0 innings of relief.
The Huskers took a 10-2 lead into the top of the ninth, where the Bears added three runs on three hits and two walks.