Husker BaseballLincoln, NE - The Husker baseball team (28-7-1, 13-4-1) fell short 6-3 on Sunday as they tried to complete the sweep against the Kansas Jayhawks.  The Husker  bats were silenced all day long by Omaha Skutt graduate TJ Walz.  Walz, perhaps a little upset he wasn’t able to play for Nebraska, proved that at least on this day, he’s a legitimate Big XII pitcher.

 On the day, he allowed just 3 runs and the Huskers couldn’t even manage a hit until Mitch Abeita caught a ball up in the wind that fell short of the right fielder for a strange double with 2 outs in the 4th. 

Aaron Pribanic started the day and for the most part pitched very well.  He ended up with 5 earned runs, but two were after he left and he struck out 8.

The Huskers seemed like they had something going in the bottom of the 9th with runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out.  David Stewart, representing the tying run, grounded into a double play to dash the Husker hopes.

The Huskers face in-state rival Creighton Bluejays on Tuesday in Lincoln before turning around and heading right back up to Omaha the next day to play at Rosenblatt stadium.  Since Dan Jennings was not used today or yesterday, it’s likely he’ll get the start on Tuesday with Erik Bird going on Wednesday.

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4 Responses to “Huskers fall short in finale”

  1. Ben Says:

    I think that what really hurt nebraska in that third game was the fact that they couldnt hit the ball. its simple….. you hit the ball well, you are going to win games, if you dont hit the ball then you dont win games. I dont reall care that we are a young team. the boys on the team have been playing the game long enough to know how to hit a ball. other than that i see a very good defense out on the field for nebraska, hitting is our only weekness

  2. sklarbodds Says:

    There’s little question that the strength of this team is the defense and the weakness is the offense. The team is currently #1 in team ERA in the Big XII #4 in fielding percentage and #9 (of 10) in batting average and #8 in runs scored per game.

    Although I would argue that pitching wins games much more than hitting the ball. Our record is still among the best, even with our poor hitting. If I was forced to choose, I’d much rather have good pitching.

  3. sklarbodds Says:

    That’s also why I think Texas A&M is a very scary team right now. They’re #2 in the league in ERA and #1 in batting average and #3 in fielding.

    They are a tough team for anyone to beat, fortunately they come here for the series.

  4. Ben Says:

    no, although you make a very good point but baseball is the only sport were the defense has the ball and cant score. let me correct you batting scores the runs, pitching maintains that lead and all-in-all, you end up winning

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