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The Husker baseball team saw it’s first action of the 2008 season today at Sunken Diamond field, home of the Stanford Cardinals and it did not go the way Head Coach Mike Anderson would have liked it to.  Starter Thad Weber, hoping to build off of some great summer numbers, was lit up for 8 earned runs over the first 3 innings including 5 in the first.  The Cardinals finsihed off the Huskers with a 17-7 throttling.

The Huskers had a decent opportunity to get back in the game in the 2nd with bases loaded and only 1 out when sophomore junior college transfer Clay Cuno grounding into the inning ending 6-4-3 double play.

The relievers didn’t have great success either as Joe Hatasaki and Michael Mariot let up 9 more runs in the 5th and 6th combined.  Mariot was able to settle down a little though and pitch the final two scoreless frames.

Although the brightspots were few, DJ Belfonte picks right up where he left off last year with a nice 2 for 5 day with an RBI.  Mitch Abeita hit the first NU homer of the year, with a deep shot in the 7th.  Nick Sullivan chipped in a 2 for 2 day with a run and an RBI.

This is the first of a season opening double header, the Huskers face Stanford again tonight following today’s game.

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