NebraskaWalter Roese has decided to join the Nebraska Mens Basketball staff.  Roese had been with San Diego the last year and previously with BYU the two years before going to San Diego.

One big reason why Doc Sadler wanted Roese on the staff is because he is well known in international basketball.  Roese is a native of Brazil who is fluent in three languages. He coached the Brazilian Junior National team and the Brazilian squad for the 2007 World University Games.

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE – The Huskers earned a regional host this year after winning 40 games.  The regional teams are #4 seed Eastern Illinois, #3 seed Oral Roberts, and the #2 seed University of California Irvine Anteaters.  The Anteaters were the crowd favorite last year in Omaha who went 2-2 and lost to the eventual champion Oregon State in the semi finals 7-1.

The Huskers open the regional on Friday with the #4 Eastern Illinois Panthers at 1:05pm.  The game will be televised on NETV in Nebraska and will be carried on CSTV throughout the country.

The Huskers will send Dan Jennings to the hill in place of the usual Friday starter Johnny Dorn and save Dorn for the Saturday matchup with either Oral Roberts or UC Irvine.  Johnny has been lights out this season and would be better utilized against ORU or UCI since Eastern Illinois is one of the few teams with a losing record in this year’s postseason (27-28).

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NebraskaI received an email last night about a new Husker video that hit YouTube.  Former Husker linebacker Trev Alberts gives his input on what he thinks of the 2008 Nebraska Football team. I agree with him that the five home games to start the season will be great and the Virginia Tech game could be a turning point for the Huskers. If they can pull off the win then I expect them to carry a lot of momentum into the Missouri game. But if they lose, well watch out against the Wildcats the following week.

So what do you think?  Do you agree with Trev?

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NebraskaThe most highly recruited player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a very long time won’t be making it to Lincoln after all to play hoops for the Huskers.  Roburt Sallie and Nebraska were turned down by the Big 12 due to violation of Rule 6.2, which states that a student-athlete who enrolls at a conference school must meet initial eligibility requirements.

Back in 2006 when Sallie thought he was a Husker the first time he attended a couple of classes and that is what caused all of this problem.  Now Sallie will not be able to play any where in the Big 12 conference and is stuck trying to find another school to attend this late in the process.

What a bad deal all around…

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Husker BaseballOklahoma City, OK – The Huskers had given up 46 runs in the last 29 innings.  They’d lost the last 4 games by a combined 30 runs.  They deseperately needed something, a spark, someone to step up and say, “Enough is enough”.  

Tonight, Johnny Dorn was that guy as the Huskers topped the Wildcats 5-2.  Dorn came in and shut down the Wildcats in impressive fashion.  He allow 2 runs, but both were unearned following a Jake Mort error at third.  He got out of rough situation after rough situation, seeming to just will his way out.  He seemed to just want it more than the other team. 

Overall, Johnny allowed 0 earned runs over 6.2 innings while striking out 3.  Zach Herr came in and at first, it looked like the bullpen might let us down again.  With 1 runner on, Zach hit the very first batter with a pitch and then uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position.  Zach later managed to strikeout the last batter of the inning, in fact, he struck out 6 out of the 7 outs he recorded.

For the offense, Jake Opitz stole the day.  He had 2 RBIs on a large blast to left center.  Mitch Abeita and Tyler Farst also each drove in a run.

The win was the 40th of the year.  The Huskers next face the Oklahoma State Cowboys tomorrow for a chance to head to the championship game.  The Huskers need Kansas State to beat Baylor in the finale on Saturday to allow the Huskers to advance.

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Husker BaseballOklahoma City, OK - The #7 Huskers have had a tough time finding that spark that has made this team so special all year long.  Last weekend the Husker looked competitive for the first 7 innings of a 3 game set in Columbia versus the Tigers.  Then, Johnny Dorn came out of the game and the Huskers have been outscored 46-16 since then.

That includes Wednesday’s 10-4 loss to the underacheiving Baylor Bears.  The team that took pride from it’s pitching has found itself desperately searching for someone who can throw strikes.  The team that averaged 3.17 walks per game before the Mizzouri series has walked 25 in their last 4 games, just over 6 per game.

Wednesday’s game was no exception.  Dan Jennings, who has cooled off of late perhaps due to being a little worn out, walked 5 in 6 innings although he only gave up 3 earned runs in the process.  Zach Herr, who’s been a staple in the bullpen, replaced Jennings and walked the first two batters he faced and left without retiring a single hitter.

Fortunately for the Huskers, Dorn will take the mound again on Friday against lowly Kansas State.  Perhaps Dorn stop the issue before the flood gates open.  Great pitchers are known for breaking losing streaks and we’re in the middle of one in what’s probably the worst possible time.  A good solid win the Nebraska way with good pitching, good fielding and solid fundamentals could be just what the doctor ordered, and not a moment too soon.

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NebraskaColumbia, MO – The #5 Huskers (39-10-1) couldn’t get much going against future top draft pick Aaron Crow. Still, thanks to another fantastic start by Husker Ace Johnny Dorn, they were up 1-0 going into the bottom of the 7th.

In that inning, Mizzou scored one run on a sacrifice fly just after Dorn left the game. Unfortunately for Dorn, that’s a difficult trend. Dorn has started 13 games this year and ironically enough, his only two bad starts he won. He lost one game in Stillwater 1-0 in one of his best performances.

Reliever Dan Jennings has been solid for the Big Red all season long, however last night he only retired one out and gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the eight, the first of a 7 run barrage. When the Huskers were finally out of the inning they were down 8-1 with just 3 at bats left.

The Huskers made a little noise in the top of he ninth, but couldn’t push a run across as Craig Corriston struck out with 2 runners on to end the game.

The only scoring for the Huskers camwith the 2nd at bat of the game when Jake Mort launched his first homer of the seaosn of Mizzou ace Aaron Crow.

The two team square off again this afternoon for the second game of the series. Thanks to a Texas A&M loss to Texas, the Huskers are still mathematically able to win the Big XII ouright, but they would have to win the next two and Texas A&M would have to lose the next two. Conversly, if NU loses 1 and OSU wins, the Huskers will drop to 3rd place.

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NebraskaDontrayevous Robinson accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska on Thursday night and became the fifth commitment of the 2009 class for the Huskers.  Robinson is a big bruiser type of runner back as he stands in at 6’1 and 215 lbs as he gets ready for his senior season of high school.

Robinson comes from the prestigious Trinity football program out of Texas so you know he is going to be ready for college after he finishes up high school.  He ran for just under 900 yards, had a little more than 200 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns as Trinity won the 5A state championship in Texas.

Welcome to the Husker family Mr. Robinson!  GO BIG RED!

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NebraskaC.J. Zimmerer a fullback and linebacker from Omaha Gross received a full ride scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska last night and all it took was a night of sleep before he accepted the offer to become the fourth commit in the 2009 class for Nebraska Football.

Zimmerer stands in at 6’1 and weighs in at 215 lbs.  Hopefully he will have some room to pack on some muscle onto that frame and become a great in-state fullback for the Huskers.

Congrats to C.J. and his family! GO BIG RED!

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE – Game 1 – The game was over.  The Huskers (38-9-1, 17-6-1) were down 8-4, they hadn’t had a hit in 4 innings, they were playing the league leading Texas A&M Aggies (42-10, 19-5) who had won 16 consecutive Big XII games, the bottom half of the lineup was due up.  The Aggies were going to clinch a share of the Big XII title, Nebraska would likely fall behind Oklahoma State for 2nd in the conference, and Nebraska’s national seed changes we’re all but gone.

Someone forgot to tell the Huskers it was over.  In the bottom of the ninth, the Huskers provided the most dramitic come from behind win of the season.  It started off with Nick Sullivan leading off with a ground ball single to right.  Then, on a sure double play ball from Tyler Farst, Texas A&M 2nd baseman Blake Stouffer let the ball run through his legs putting runners on 1st and 3rd with no out.  You could hear the crowd start to get excited, but it was way too early to celebrate yet.

Next up, DJ Belfonte, walk.  David Stewart, who had already belted a 2 run ‘mega bomb’ into right and singled home 2 more runs a few innings later, grounded to the first baseman, scoring Nick Sullivan.  The crowd was really getting excited now as the 3 run deficit meant the winning run is at the plate.

Coach Anderson then decides to pinch hit with Cody Neer, the transfer from Florida, who delivers a two run single to left center making it a 1 run game.  Bryce Nimmo then grounds into a fielder’s choice as Texas A&M elects to try for the double play and he beats the throw at first, scoring Farst, TIE GAME!

The next batter, Jake Mort, struck out and it looked like we had another extra inning affair on our hands.  Jake Opitz coaxed the two out walk that moved the speedy Nimmo to 2nd and Mitch Abeita, who hadn’t had much success against Texas A&M pitching to that point, delivered the run scoring single to finish the Aggies in dramatic fashion 9-8.

On the mound, you have to credit reliever Dan Jennings, who came in for a struggling Thad Weber and closed the door over the final 3.1 innings to hold the Aggies to just 8.

Game 2 – In the nightcap, the Huskers found themselves down, but not out again.  After 5 1/2 innings, the Huskers trailed the Aggies 9-4 and it was looking like the Husker might be in it too deep.

However, David Stewart again delivered for the Huskers with a double to open the bottom of the 6th.  After an error allowed Andy Cotton to reach, Senior Bryce Nimmo delivered a 2 run triple that brought the Huskers within 3.  Jake Mort followed that up with an RBI groundout to bring the Huskers within just 2 runs 9-7.

The Aggies followed up with another run in the 7th to make it 10-7 and it looked like they were going to pile on more, but Mike Nesseth came in to relieve Zach Herr and struckout Kyle Colligan and Blake Stouffer to end the threat.

The Huskers would fight right back loading the bases with a pair of hit batters and a walk before David Stewart would knock in a run with a groundout to cut the lead to 2.  The Huskers evened the score at 10-10 when the Aggies uncorked a wild pitch and a passed ball.

With Nesseth dealing on the mound, the Huskers would put away the Aggies for good in the 8th when a single from DJ Belfonte rolled past the glove of Kyle Colligan allowing Farst to score from first.  David Stewart followed it up with an RBI single, his 7th of the day when he had just 4 all season.  Bryce Nimmo would then knock in his 4th and final RBI of the game knocking in Stewart to give the Huskers their final 13-10 lead.

All in all it was a very hardfought series where both teams could have very easily swept the series.  Had Mitch Abeita not missed a pop-foul in the 16th inning of the first game, they may still be playing and who knows, NU may have won.  On the other hand, had Blake Stouffer completed the sure double play in the bottom of the ninth of the first game, the momentum would have been entirely on the side of the Aggies and they might have swept NU.

It was one of the best, most hardfought series of 2 top 10 of the season and maybe ever at Haymarket.  Both teams have a knack for never quite being ‘out’ of a game which made it an amazing series to watch.   Next up for the Huskers they play the Creighton Bluejays at Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday May 13th.  First pitch is set for 7:00pm.

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