The Nebraska baseball team won its 37th straight home opener on Tuesday afternoon at Hawks Field with a 9-3 win over the Northern Colorado Bears. 4,121 fans came out to watch the Huskers on a beautiful afternoon, as temperatures reached the low 70’s. It was the largest crowd for a home opener since 2012, when 4,169 fans came out to watch the Huskers beat Kansas State.
The Huskers scored seven of their runs in the first two innings, and senior Blake Headley led the NU offensive attack with a pair of triples. In the first inning, the Huskers drew a of walks from Jake Schleppenbach and Ryan Boldt. Blake Headley tripled to give the Huskers a 2-0 lead and scored on an RBI by Ben Miller. The Huskers loaded the bases with no outs in the second and the Bears forced in a pair of runs when reliever Dylan Shiraki hit Miller and walked Luis Alvarado. Austin Darby then pushed NU’s lead to 7-0 with a two-RBI double.
The Bears cut into Nebraska’s lead with a run in the fourth and a pair of runs in the eighth to make it a 7-3 game, but another triple by Headley along with Miller’s third RBI of the game in the bottom of the eighth pushed NU’s lead back to six runs at 9-3.
Colton Howell polished off the win in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts and freshman starter Garett King earned his first win as a Husker.
The Huskers and Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 p.m. for the second game of their two-game series. A pair of freshmen right handers are scheduled to start tomorrow, Zack Engelken for the Huskers and Zach Heath for the Bears.