Sophomore Kyle Kubat improved to 4-0, while Chad Christensen and Pat Kelly each had a pair of hits and a RBI in a 3-2 win over the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers (35-9, 12-5 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. The Huskers are now 21-24 overall on the year, but 12-5 during league play.
The NU win evened the three-game series between the two teams, who are now tied for second place in the Big Ten Conference. Minnesota, who lost on Sunday at Penn State, sits in first place with a 12-4 record.
Nebraska dealt Kyle Hart his first loss of the season, as the lefty fell to 7-1 on the year. Hart thre 5.1 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on seven hits and five walks.
Kubat picked up his fourth win in his fourth start of the season, giving the Huskers 7.2 innings on a career-high 104 pitches. The Waterloo, Neb., native gave up a pair of runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two. The sophomore lefty retired the first seven Hoosiers he faced, before Chad Clark laced a single into left field with one out in the third, but was cleared on the play when he was thrown out at second base by Christensen. Kubat got out of a pair of bases-loaded jams in both the fourth and fifth innings, but then retired the Hoosiers in order in the sixth and seventh.
The Huskers and Hoosier play the rubber match of the three-game series Monday at Hawks Field, with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m.