NebraskaOn Friday evening, the Big Red came back with vengance. They beat up on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech 13-1. On the mound on Friday was Husker pitcher Charlie Shirek. On the offensive side, catcher Mitch Abeita had two doubles and drove in three runs was the Huskers routed Tech.

But that was not the case Saturday at all. The Huskers had there work cut for them in this back-and-forth battle. Huskers starting pitcher Johnny Dorn pitched four innings with six runs and eight hits for the no decision.

The Big Red had a slew of rallies in the game. They were down two in the eighth and came back with a Craig Corriston walk and an Andy Brown home run. Then, again in the ninth inning, Nebraska was down by two and took advantage of a pair of Red Raider fielding errors. They scored two runs and tried for the go- ahead run with Corriston getting thrown out at home. In the game, DJ Belfonte had three hits and scored twice and Corriston had two hits and scored twice as-well.

But all the offense couldn’t help Nebraska in the bottom of the nineth. With releif pitcher Steve Edlefsen in, and the scored tied 8-8, Tech center fielder Doug Thennis stepped to the plate. He took Edlefsen’s first pitch “down town” over the head of Husker right fielder Nick Sullivan for a walk-off home run. Red Raiders took the weekend series 2-1 and the Saturdays game 9-8.

This was not a good Big 12 opening series for the Huskers. Coming into the season they were projected to finish third in the Big 12 behind Texas and Oklahoma State. And with losses to one of the worst teams in the league, that doesnt bode well for the Big Red. It is very obvious the Huskers miss old pitching coach and current Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress. They need to get more stable in the bullpen and eliminate all the little things that keep them from winning ball games.

-DJ Shire

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NebraskaThe Huskers opened Big 12 play Thursday evening against a medicore Texas Tech Red Raider team. The story line of the game was “yet….another…past ball”. The Big Red had started off good with a big inning in the second againt Tech starter AJ Ramos. The inning consisted of a double by Jeff Tezak and singles by Andy Gerch, Mitch Abeita and Andy Brown to give the Huskers a 4-1 lead.

Nebraska starter Tony Watson allowed four Red Raider runs, before he was taken out and replaced by Matt Foust. The Huskers had to dig deep in the bullpen for this game. They used a total of six pitchers in the game. But with all the pitching changes came errors on both the pitchers and catcher. There were two past balls by the Husker pitchers that allowed two runs also.

Coming into the 11th inning, Red Raider Taylor Ashby singled, and was followed by a double by Joey Kenworthy. On the play, Taylor was on his way to home and was thrown out from the outfield. But Kenworthy was alert, and advanced to third base on the play. The next pitch was a wild, but stoppable pitch that got past Nebraska catcher Mark Hightower. That allowed the winning run to cross, and the Huskers lost 7-6.

The little mistakes must go away if this team wants to be a contender. Past balls, and runners stranded aren’t going to help. The Huskers stranded 12 runners, and the bases were loaded twice. I have said it before and will say it again…the team is good, when they want. But the little mistakes is what costs them ball games…

-DJ Shire

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NebraskaWhat was supposed to be the Huskers second home game, turned out to be the home opener due to snow last week. Nebraska faced in-state school Wayne State. Starter Drew Bowman started slow but found his groove and mowed down Wildcat batters.

He was helped by the bats of Ryan Wehrle, who got out of a 0 for 18 slump. Also, two hits off the bat of Craig Corriston helped. Jake Opitz and Wehrle led the fourth inning rally by the Huskers, whom got four runs that inning. Nebraska finished the game in a good fashion. They had late runs, as- well as good closing pitching by Mike Harmelink and Erik Bird. The Huskers went on to win their 29th straight home opener 6-1 over the Wildcats

The team is making strides. They are a team that can be dominant when the want to, and can fall off at times also. When the Big Red took the series over the Crimson Tide of Alabama last weekend, it was obvious this team can do some damage.

-DJ Shire

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NebraskaCoach Callahan let everyone know about some position changes that will happen for the upcoming spring practices and spring game.  The most notable is Bo Rudd moving to the strongside linebacker position.  With that movie, it will allow seniors Steve Octavien and Lance Brandenburgh to battle for the starting job at weakside linebacker.

In addition to Ruud’s move, junior Clayton Sievers has switched from strongside linebacker to the “open� defensive end position, where come fall he will compete for playing time with classmate Barry Turner. Turner will be sidelined for all of spring practice with a shoulder injury.

Redshirt freshman Pierre Allen has moved to the base end as he has been adding on the pounds to play the position.  Hopefully he is fast enough and can make some bigtime plays for the Huskers.

Some other moves are Major Culbert back to Running Back for spring practice, but I would assume he will be on the defensive side of the ball once fall practices start up and all our running backs are healthy.  Tierre Green, from strong safety to free safety; Rickey Thenarse, from cornerback to strong safety; Anthony West, from corner to free safety; Mike Smith, from defensive end to offensive left tackle; Jordan Picou, from defensive line to center/left guard.

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NebraskaThe struggles for the Nebraska Baseball team continue as they lost the Crimson Tide 6-0 last night.

It was Husker ace Tony Watson that had a bad game on the mound.  He was tagged for eight runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 1-1 on the year. It was highest total of runs and hits that the junior All-American has allowed in 43 career appearances and 23 starts as a Husker.

The Husker offense could only muster four hits off Alabama starter Miers Quigley.  Two of the four hits came from freshman DJ Belfonte.  DJ is really starting to stand out in this Husker offense.  He is doing a great job and he is only a true freshman!

Charlie Shirek will goto the mound this afternoon for the Huskers as they face off in game #2 of the series against the Crimson Tide.

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NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska left tackle Chris Patrick will forego his senior season and enter the NFL’s Supplemental Draft this summer. 

“I put a lot of thought into it,” Patrick said Thursday night. “A lot of people asked me why I didn’t go into April’s draft but it took time making this decision. Looking back I should have entered the April draft but the supplemental draft is there and I’ll have a good opportunity to demonstrate my skills and will get more individual attention from teams. My timing could have been better but I’m not too worried about that now.” 

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Patrick started the last 14 games of his Nebraska career at left tackle. He’ll turn 23 in August. 

There’s been speculation in Lincoln since seasons end that Patrick was on the outs with the team and head coach Bill Callahan and would make a move. 

He said that wasn’t the case. 

“It didn’t have to do with wanting to get away from Nebraska,” said Patrick. The supplemental draft entered my mind right when I got back to school (from winter break). My mind wasn’t totally set but I had things going on with my family and I finally came to the conclusion this would be the best thing for my family. I loved playing for Nebraska and it’s something I’ll never forget. They were very supportive of me.”

Wow this is a big suprise, first people thought he was kicked off the team and that was shot down, and now he is headed to the NFL.  Not really sure what to think, but we will wish Chris good luck!

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NebraskaThe Nebraska Basketball team went one and done in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament as they lost to Oklahoma State 54-39.  The 39 points were a season low for the Huskers.

NU hit just 27.7 percent (13-of-47) from the floor — its lowest of the year — including knocking down only 4-of-20 shots from beyond the arc. Junior center Aleks Maric led the Huskers with 13 points, the only Husker in double figures on the night. Charles Richardson Jr., one of two seniors on the squad, added eight points in 40 minutes of action while no other Husker had more than five.

Nebraska has an outside shot at being selected for the NIT tournament, but I don’t see that happening.  They were pretty horrible down the stretch.

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NebraskaIf you want one last chance to see Zac Taylor, Adam Carriker, and Jay Moore, then you have got to get to the RedZone in Oak View Mall in Omaha on Saturday.  All three players will be signing autographs for fans from 1-3 p.m.

Anything purchased at the store will be signed for free, or you can bring your own times and pay $3 to have them signed.  Mini-helmets will be available for purchase at the store as well.  Get out there and have these three great Nebraska Football players sign something for you. Tell them thank you for being a Husker and wish them the best in the future!

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NebraskaLast night was senior night for Charles Richardson and Marcus Perry and they made sure that they were going out on a winning note!  The Huskers beat the Cowboys 85-73 in the regular season finale.  Both teams will meet once again on Thursday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Marcus Perry hit seven three pointers and finished with a career high 25 points, and Aleks Maric also had another double-double to add to his season totals.  Paul Verlander also had a career night as he scored 20 points in the game.

I have to wonder if the Huskers can beat the Cowboys in their home state and do it for the second time in less then 4 days.  It is going to be tough that is for sure, but we wish them the best and GO HUSKERS!

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NebraskaIt wasn’t the weekend that coach Anderson wanted to see as the Huskers played like crap most of the weekend down in Flordia.  We had talked about the Huskers going 2-1 and possibly 3-0 in the tournament but boy were we wrong!

In the first game, Nebraska got up on Iowa 8-0 before all hell broke lose and the Huskers ended up losing 12-8.  In the nightcap of the double header, Nebraska lost to Notre Dame 16-6.  The pitchers are giving up way to many runs as you can see.  No way you can win ballgames when your pitchers and defense are allowing 12 and 16 runs to score during a game.

Johnny Dorn helped out the Huskers by tossing eight strong innings yesterday as the Huskers were able to beat Stetson 6-2.  On the mound, Dorn finished with four strikeouts while giving up give hits on 110 pitchers.  He took a shutout into the eigth inning as well.

The Huskers, who improved to 6-4 on the season, were held to five hits, but took advantage of their opportunities, getting four of the hits in the fifth, including a two-run single by Brown and an RBI single by Jake Opitz, while Craig Corriston’s ninth-inning RBI single gave NU a five-run cushion.

Going 1-2 in Florida, the Huskers are now 5-4 on the young season.  They were supposed to play UNK at home but that game was cancelled because of field conditions.  The next series for the Huskers will be this weekend when they travel too Alabama.

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