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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