Husker BaseballAustin, TX – The Texas Longhorns (18-7, 5-4) finally had enough of the Husker pitching. The Longhorns came into the series with one of the best offenses in the country and until today, the Husker pitching had shut them down, allowing just 4 runs on 9 hits in the first two contests and 0 runs on 2 hits in the previous 14 innings.

Unfortunately for Husker starter Aaron Pribanic (2-1), the Longhorn bats came alive today. The Horns put up 12 runs on 14 hits as they pounded the Huskers 12-3.

With the loss, the Huskers move to 20-4-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the Big XII.

Of the few bright spots on the afternoon, Junior Cody Neer slammed a 2-run bomb in the top of the 7th to bring the Huskers within 3 at 6-3. Unfortunately, Jordan Danks answered the very same inning with a 2-run blast of his own.  Jake Opitz extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a 1 for 4 day and Craig Corriston chipped in a run and an RBI in his 2 for 4 day.

The Huskers next take the field on Tuesday as they take on the Creighton Bluejays at Omaha’s Rosenbaltt stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 pm.

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Husker BaseballAustin, TX – The #12 Texas Longhorns (17-8, 4-4) have one of the most potent offenses in the country.  Coming into this series they averaged near 9 runs per game and had a team average over .320 and tonight Thad Weber completely shut them down.  The #15 Huskers (21-3-1, 7-0-1) defeated the Longhorns 2-0 to remain undefeated in the conference and clinch the series win.

Thad allowed just 5 baserunners all night.  Two hits, two walks and 1 error was all Texas could muster on the day.  They had 1 runner reach 3rd base all night (3rd inning) and one of the two hits was the very first Texas batter of the game (Michael Torres).  On the day, Weber struck out 5 batters including the final out of the game while throwing just 108 pitches.

The Huskers offense all came in the 6th inning.  Ben Kline ripped a double to right center to start off the inning, but in a scary moment twisted his knee trying to stop at second and went down in pain.  After a few minutes the sting wore off and Kline was able to finish the game. 

With one out in the 6th, Jake Mort hit a blooper to left field just in front of a diving Torres and was then able to roll into second for the double when the ball got away on the dive.  Senior Jake Opitz was then able to battle from behind in the count and coax a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs.  Mitch Abeita then worked the count full so the runners would be running on the pitch and grounded a soft base hit right back up the middle that scored Mort and moved Opitz to third.  Corriston came up next and drilled a 0-1 pitch over the left fielder’s head for an RBI double scoring Opitz.

That was all the runs they would get, but that was more than Weber needed who only allowed 1 baserunner after the 6th.

The Huskers go for the series sweep tomorrow in Austin at 1:00 pm sending Junior Aaron Pribanic (2-0, 1.44 ERA) to the hill.

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Husker BaseballAustin, TX – The #15 Huskers (20-3-1, 6-0-1) looked like they might be in for a rude awakening on Friday night as they were down 4-0 early to the #12 Texas Longhorns (17-7, 4-2).  Then the Huskers scored 14 unanswered runs between the 4th and 8th innings to down the Longhorns 14-4.

Johnny Dorn (3-0) picked up the win despite not having his best outing.  Dorn pitched just 5 innings, gave up 7 hits and 4 earned runs and struck out just 1.  With Dorn struggling hanging on to a 6-4 lead, the Huskers turned to Dan Jennings who wouldn’t allow a single baserunner for the rest of the game.  Jennings pitched 4 innings, 0 hits, 4 strikeouts and 0 walks on the day.

The Husker offense pounded out 14 hits, led true Freshman Shortstop Ben Kline out of Omaha Central broke out of a slump with a 3 for 5 3 RBI day including a two-run single with 1 out to cap a 4-run 5th that put the Huskers up for good at 5-4.  Mitch Abeita also had a great day at the plate going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs of his own. 

Jake Opitz added a solo shot before the Husker broke it open with 2 more 4-run innings in the 7th and 8th to extend the lead to 14-4.

The win was a big statement for the Huskers that they in fact are going to be a big factor in this season’s Big XII race.  The Huskers will go for the series win tomorrow at 6:00pm as the game will be seen in the midwest on Fox Sports Net.

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NebraskaThe Nebraska Football team had their first spring practice on Wednesday and so far reports are saying the defense was flying around and the entire group of guys practiced with a lot of energy.  The practice wasn’t as structured as the past practices with Coach Callahan and his staff players said.  They were allowed to get out there, and go balls to the wall and show what they could do.

Phillip Dillard said “The defense is very fast paced and physical defense and that the player really enjoyed it”.  You gotta like that when your linebacker comes out and says the first day of pracice was fast and physical!

There wasn’t too much news on the offensive side of the ball besides that Cody Glenn is 100% healthy heading into spring ball.  He says “It’s my senior season, I just want to get that ring!” If Glenn can stay healthy it would help out the running game a lot.  Glenn did get asked a question abour former running backs coach Randy Jordan, and Glenn repied to it by saying he didn’t fully trust Coach Gordon after being told he would play in some games, and then he just say on the bench never getting into the game.  Sounds like a lot of players felt that way towards the entire last coaching staff.

We will try to have an update after practice today.  GO BIG RED!

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE – Northern Colorado Head Coach Kevin Smallcomb is probably glad to be done playing the Huskers (19-3-1, 5-0-1) for the rest of 2008.  His team has played Nebraska 6 times this season and lost all 6 for a combined 53-15.  Today, Erik Bird kept the Bears pretty quiet for 5 innings, giving up just 4 hits, 2 runs (1 unearned) and struck out 3.

Like yesterday, the offense used a huge 3rd inning to blow the game wide open.  Coming into the frame, the game was knotted at 2.  When the inning was finally over, the Husker had built up a 7-2 lead and with Bird on the mound, they were cruising.

9 different Huskers had hits today, but most notable may have been Freshman Ben Kline.  Ben has been in a rather large slump since the beginning of the Big XII season and his average that was once above .300 has plumetted all the way down to .224.

After Bird, Casey Houptman and Erik Anderson each threw 2 innings apiece to preserve the 9-4 victory.

Next up for the Huskers is a trip to Austin, TX for a battle against fellow ranked Big XII school Texas at Disch Falk field.  The game was originally slated for a night start, but due to the scheduling of Texas’s basketball team’s NCAA tournament game, the baseball game has been moved to 3:00pm.

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE – The Husker bats came alive for a big 6-run 3rd inning which was way more than Husker starter Dan Jennings who went 6 innings and gave up just 3 hits for his 3rd win of the year 10-0.  Cody Neer powered the Huskers with a 2 for 4 day and 3 RBIs while Bryce Nimmo cotributed a 2 for 3 day with 2 RBIs and scored 3 times.

The third started off with a singles from DJ Belfonte and Jake Mort before Jake Opitz doubled home Belfonte.  Mitch Abeita grounded on the infield next, but the fielder tried to throw out Mort at home and Jake slid under the tag for a 4-0 advantage.  After Craig Corriston was hit by a pitch, Bryce Nimmo doubled a 1-0 pitch to right to bring home Abeita and Opitz.  Cody Neer followed that with a 2-RBI single bringing home Corriston and Nimmo.

For Northern Colorado, former Husker Jon Klausing took the loss.  In his tough start he gave up 8 runs in just 3 innings of work.

The two teams take the field again tomorrow at 1:35 pm before the Huskers travel to Austin, Texas to take on the Texas Longhorns at Disch Faulk field.

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NebraskaToday there was a press conference that talked about upcoming spring football which will start on Wednesday for the Nebraska Football players.  After listening to the interviews it sounds like everyone is ready to get started and have a new look on the upcoming season.

Coach Pelini said right now they are trying to build a foundation and the players are doing very well with it.  They are doing great in the weight room and conditioning program and they all believe in each other and the coaching staff.  That right there is a going to be the foundation for this football team.  So far the players and coaches are all beliving in the same thing and that is going to make them better come next season.

Three players will be held out of spring ball and they are Anthony Blue, Kenny Wilson, and Ndamukong Suh.  They should all be back when regular practices kick off reports are saying.  Wilson might not ever be the same type of player however as he is still trying to come back from his broken leg.

Players that once packed on pounds are shedding those pounds to play at lighter weights and move around faster.  Matt Slauson and Zack Potter have both trimmed down and should play better at their lighter weights in the upcoming season.  We could see Pierre Allen also playing at a ligher weight to come off the rush end.

Spring practice will start on Wednesday, and the Red/White spring game will be played on April 16th.  So far there have been over 40,000 tickets sold for the spring game!  Contact the university if you don’t have your tickets yet.

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE – The Huskers (17-3-1, 5-0-1)  played to a 8-8 tie after 11 innings because of Oklahoma’s travel rules.   The Huskers missed a sure double play ball in the top of the 9th, but were still just 1 strike away from a 6-3 victory over the Sooners before a two-run single brought them within 1.  The Sooners took the lead just two pitches later when Aaron Baker parked a 1-0 pitch over the fence in the right.

The Huskers wouldn’t go down easy though, Senior Mitch Abeita homered to lead off the 9th and a few batters later, Dan Johnston hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Nick Sullivan to tie the game.

The Sooners again threatened in the 10th, when Mike Nesseth threw what looked to be another sure double play ball into center field.  However, the Freshman managed to get the next three batters to get out of the jam.

Early on, the Sooners jumped to a 2-1 lead after just 1 inning.  They extended that lead to 3-1 after the top half of the 5th inning. In the bottom of that frame, the Huskers battled back scoring 3 runs.  The first came from a bases loaded single from nick Sullivan and then Bryce Nimmo followed two batters later with a 2-run single of his own.  Sullivan and Nimmo extended that lead in the 7th with a sac-fly and RBI single respectively.

The tie spoiled a decent outing from Junior Aaron Pribanic.  Aaron pitched 7.2 innings and gave up just 3 runs and was in line for the win before the debacle in the 9th.

The Huskers take the field next on Tuesday when they face Northern Colorado for the 3rd time this year.  The game is slotted for a 6:35pm first pitch.  Junior Dan Jennings will most likely get the start with Eric Bird going on Wednesday for the 1:35 pm game.  The Huskers then travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns for a 3 game set.

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Husker baseballLincoln, NE – The Huskers (17-3, 3-0) used a strong performance from Senior Thad Weber and some early offensive production to hang on to a 4-3 win over visiting Oklahoma. The win was the 5th Big XII win in a row by the Huskers who remain undefeated in the conference this season.

Weber went 7 innings and gave up 9 hits, but like Dorn last night he managed to escape trouble every time the Sooners threatened.   The Sooners managed baserunners in every inning, but Weber kept them from crossing the plate.  Dan Jennings came in for a scoreless 8th to preserve the 4-0 lead.

The Sooners desperately tried to make it a game in the 9th.  The Sooners opened the 9th with three straight hits off Erik Anderson.  Anderson then struck out the next batter, but the ball got away from catcher Mitch Abeita and allowed the first run to score.  The next batter hit an RBI infield single to bring the score to 4-2.  After Zach Herr got the next batter to popout, Mike Nesseth came in to close it out.  Nesseth threw a wild pitch on a 1-2 count to bring the Sooners within 1.  Mike then struck out the final batter to preserve the win.

The Huskers scored 3 of their runs in the bottom of the first to jump out to the early lead.  Jake Opitz accounted for 3 of the 4 runs on the day with an RBI and a run scored in the 1st and a long drive over the right field bullpen in the 7th.

The Huskers go for the sweep tomorrow at 1:00 pm with junior Aaron Pribanic  (2-0, 0.76 ERA) on the hill.

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE – As kids we’ve all pretended we’re at bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the game on the line.  Last night, Senior Craig Corriston didn’t have to pretend.  Since Corriston hadn’t hit a home run in about 11 months and there was a strong wind blowing in from left field it seemed quite unlikely that Corriston would be able to hit one out there.  Sure enough as soon as the 2-0 pitch left the bat, all 3,616 in attendance knew the game was over and the Huskers (16-3, 4-0) would win 4-2.

From the mound Johnny Dorn might have earned the nickname of “Houdini” with his inate ability to escape seemingly every threat by OU.  It certainly wasn’t his most dominant performance, as he gave up 9 hits over 7.1 innings, struck out a season low 3, and allowed runners in scoring position in 6 of those 7 innings.  The key to his success?  The Sooners finished the day a measly 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

After Dorn got into a little trouble in the 7th, Zach Herr came in and shut the Sooners down.  His 1.2 innings of scoreless work allowed him to earn his second win of the year.

Nick Sullivan also helped power the Husker offense.  Not only did his 9th inning single allow Corriston to come to the plate, but he tied the game in the bottom of the 7th with a pair of RBIs of his own on a bases-loaded single. 

The win keeps the Huskers undefeated in the conference at 4-0.  They will try to keep that unbeaten record tomorrow as the Huskers take on the Sooners at Haymarket Park at 2:05 pm.

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