Freshman Scott Schreiber found the perfect time for the first home run of his Husker career, as the Menasha, Wis., native broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning with a two-out solo home into the left field seats at Werner Park. Senior Josh Roeder took the mound in the bottom of the 10th and struck out the side to notch his ninth save of the season.
The No. 18 Huskers are now 23-7 on the year following the 3-2 win over the Omaha Mavericks.
The Mavs scored first on the night and after the Huskers tied the game 1-1 in the fifth, UNO retook the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the frame. NU tied the game again, 2-2, in the seventh and after neither team scored in the eighth or ninth, Schreiber delivered the biggest hit of his young Husker career.
After the Huskers stranded a pair of singles to start the game, the Mavs struck first on the night with a run in the bottom of the first. Alex Schultz led off the frame with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Clayton Taylor. Nebraska starter Zack Engelken lasted just 0.1 of an inning after giving up a double and two walks to three of UNO’s first four batters.
Fellow freshman Jake Meyers took over for Engelken in the first with one out and a pair of runners on base, the Omaha Westside got two straight ground balls to limit the damage to one run. Meyers went on to throw a season-high 4.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits with a season-high four strikeouts.
Following a one-out single by Austin Christensen in the second, Omaha starter Shane Meltz hit a groove and retired 10 straight Huskers before Jake Placzek lined a single to left field with one out in the fifth. Meltz came back and got Ryan Boldt for the second out of the inning, but Placzek moved to second on the play. Jake Schleppenbach stepped up and drove a RBI single to right field that tied the game, 1-1. Meltz then walked Blake Headley before retiring Ben Miller to end the top of the fifth.
Meyers came out and retired the first two UNO batters he faced in the bottom of the fifth, but then Schultz came calling with a solo home run that just snuck over the left-field wall. Cole Gruber followed with a double, and the Huskers turned the ball to Jake Hohensee, who retired Taylor to end the fifth, but not before the Mavs regained the lead, 2-1.
The Huskers kept battling and tied the game in the seventh when Boldt led off with a single and scored all the way from first on a double by Schleppenbach. The Mavs then took back the momentum when Headley flew out to center, Schleppenbach tagged on the play and tried to take third, but was cut down on a perfect throw by Schultz. UNO reliever Corey Binger retired Ben Miller to end the inning with the game tied, 2-2.
Luis Alvarado led off the top of the eighth with second single of the night and was later in scoring position when he stole second base. The Huskers were unable to come up with a hit though and he was stranded at second at the end of the inning.
The Mavs then had a shot to score in the bottom of the eighth after Alex Mortensen hit a one-out double and NU reliever Max Knutson hit Daniel Jewitt. The HBP ended up helping the Huskers, as Knutson got a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning with the game tied 2-2.
The Huskers had the go-ahead run on base in the top of the ninth when Boldt reached on an error by third baseman Justin Threlkeld and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Schleppenbach. NU would strand its 11th runner of the night though, as UNO reliever Zach Williamsen retired Headley and Miller in order.
Omaha then had its chance to end the game in the ninth when Threlkend led off with a single and was in scoring position with one out following a bunt. Knutson struck out pinch hitter Adam Caniglia looking and then had to face Schultz, who was 3-for-4 on the night with a home run and two doubles. NU’s sophomore lefty won the battle and sent the game to extras with a 4-3 groundout.
The Huskers will be back in conference action this weekend with a three-game series against the Maryland Terrapins in College Park, Md. The Huskers and Terps open their series on Friday at 6:05 p.m. (CT), continue it on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and wrap up the series on Sunday at 11:05 a.m. Friday’s game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, and Sunday’s game will be shown on tape delay at 2 p.m.