After winning the series opener, 6-0, on Friday afternoon, the Nebraska baseball team (22-26, 13-7) was unable to capture a series win on Saturday at Siebert Field. The Minnesota Golden Gophers (29-17, 12-5) scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth, evening the series with 4-3 win.
Sophomore Austin Darby accounted for three of Nebraska’s seven hits on the day, including an RBI triple in the fourth. Three Gophers put together a pair of hits, as they totaled nine hits in the win.
With the game tied, 3-3, the Gophers were able to scratch across a run in the bottom of the eight on three hits, retaking the lead 4-3. Ryan Abrahamson led off with inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Dan Olinger. Head Darin Erstad brought in sophomore Josh Roeder to relieve Luke Bublitz. With the wind blowing out at nearly the 20 mph the Husker defense was playing deep, which allowed pinch-hitter Mark Tatera to drop a single into shallow center field that scored Abrahamson. Roeder gave up another single, before retiring two straight to keep the Huskers down just one heading to the ninth.
Dalton Sawyer struck out the side in the top of the ninth earn the win.
The Huskers and Gophers play the rubber match of the series tomorrow back at Siebert Field, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. Nebraska will send Aaron Bummer to the mound against Minnesota’s DJ Snelten.