A trio of Huskers combined for the eighth no-hitter in school history on Tuesday afternoon, as Kyle Kubat, Tyler Niederklein and Dylan Vogt held the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks hitless in a 3-0 Nebraska win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Kubat made his season debut on against the nationally ranked Razorbacks after missing the first 33 games with shoulder soreness. A freshman All-American last year and third-team All-Big Ten pick, Kubat pitched five innings, allowing just one walk and a hit batter.
Niederklein took over in the top of the sixth and walked one before leaving in the eighth, where Vogt came on and ended the inning by getting pinch-hitter Eric Fischer to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out Brett McAfee.
Facing the top of Arkansas’ order in the ninth, Vogt issued a walk to leadoff hitter Matt Vinson to start the inning, but quickly cleared the bases when Joe Serrano grounded in to a 6-3 double play. Vogt then ended the game with a fly out off the bat of Tyler Spoon.
It was the fourth combined no-hitter in school history and the first no-hitter since four Huskers no-hit Peru State on March 6, 1993. Tuesday was the first no hitter against a Division I program since April 5, 1981, when Anthony Kelley no-hit the Oklahoma Sooners in seven innings. The last nine-inning no hitter against a Division I team was on April 20, 1954, when Richard Geier threw a perfect game against the Kansas Jayhawks.
In the second game, A pinch-hit home run from Blake Headley in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Nebraska baseball team (16-19, 8-4 Big Ten) to a 4-2 win in game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Darin Erstad postgame video courtesy of NU Athletics.