Husker BaseballLincoln, NE - The Husker baseball team (27-6-1, 12-3-1)  took a close one from the Kansas Jayhawks in a back-and-forth seasaw battle 7 - 6.  The contest was not your typical Friday night pitchers duel as neither pitcher was overwhelmingly sharp. 

Johnny Dorn took the start and got the win, but not in typically Johnny Dorn fashion.  He struggled early, giving up 6 earned runs over the first 5 innings, but finally settled down to retire 10 out of the last 11 batters he faced.

The Jayhawks would take the early lead when KU led off the 2nd inning with a pair of singles to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  Dorn would induce a popup on the next hitter, but the ball was deep enough to score the runner from third for the sacrifice fly.

The Huskers would claw right back with two runs of their own in the bottom half.  Nebraska would take advantage of two miscues by the Jayhawks, a wild pitch to move Cody Neer and Craig Corriston to 2nd and 3rd and bad throw on a fielders choice when Corriston took off for home on Dan Johnstons grounder to the third baseman that sailed past the catcher.  Neer would score next on a groundout to 2nd base by DJ Belfonte to give the Huskers a 2-1 lead.

The Jayhawks would answer right back with a couple of RBI singles to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the 3rd, but the Huskers would strike right back in the bottom of the frame when Bryce Nimmo led off the inning with a single and came around to score off of a Mitch Abeita single.

In the 4th, Dan Johnston walked and DJ Belfonte singled to open the frame.  After a double steal, Johnston scored on a Nimmo groundout and Belfonte scored on a throwing error on a Jake Mort grounder to take the 5-3 lead.

The Jayhawks again would again strike back with three runs in the top of the 5th to take a 6-5 lead and would hold that lead until the 7th when the Huskers would load the bases with nobody out.  Craig Corriston would single to plate two more runs to give the Huskers the final 7-6 lead.

After a 2 out walk in the 8th, Dan Jennings came in to finish of the Jayhawks.  Dan Jennings would face 5 hitters, record 4 outs and 3 of them would be strikeouts as the Junior would earn another save. 

The Huskers take on the Jayhawks again tomorrow at 3:35 pm after the spring game.  Senior Thad Weber will take the hill as the Huskers look for their series win.

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Nebraska BaseballLincoln, NE - In their freshman years, Erik Bird and Zach Herr were one of the best bullpen combinations in the country.    In 2006 The two combined for a 2.14 ERA, giving up just 5 earned runs over 21 innings pitched on the year.  Tonight was something of a flashback as the two combined for a complete game 3-0 shutout of the #5 Wichita State Shockers (27-6).

The win moves the Huskers to 26-6-1 and helped the Huskers bounce back from a difficult weekend in Stillwater where the Huskers went 1-2, including a 19-2 pasting from the Cowboy’s on Saturday.

The Huskers got some early offense with four consecutive singles from Jake Mort, Jake Opitz, Mitch Abeita, and Nick Sullivan.  Mort and Opitz singled to set the table for back to back RBis by Abeita and Sullivan.

The 2-0 lead was all Bird needed as he went 6 2/3 innings, gave up just 3 hits and struck out 4.  Herr came in and struck out 4 in 2 1/3 innings to close out the game for the save.

Next up for the Huskers, the Jayhawks visit Lincoln for a 3:35 matchup, pushed back so fans can attend both the spring game and the baseball game. 

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NebraskaNebraska Football head coach Bo Pelini is really stressing how important classroom attendance will be for his players and really wants to get it through their heads how important their grades are.  Pelini will be very serious about this, so hopefully the players attend their classes and get the grades that they need to get so they can get out on the football field.

Here was an exact quote from Coach Pelini:

“Everything counts in this program. From the time you wake up in the morning until the time you go to bed. We hold you accountable in every aspect that you do. When we ask you to go to class, it’s not your decision, it’s mandatory. Everything is. That’s part of who they are. If we can’t count on them to do the things off the field, we can’t count on them on the field. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it was when I left LSU. It’s not up for debate. If you don’t want to go to class, turn pro.”

Sounds good to me.  There will probably be a few cases where a couple players run into trouble with the rules, but I think they will quickly learn from their mistakes and make them a better student athlete.

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Husker BaseballStillwater, OK - The Husker (25-6-1, 11-3-1) baseball team bounced back in impressive fashion today, taking the last game from the Oklahoma State Cowboys 14-5.  Craig Corriston and Nick Sullivan combined for 7 RBIs and Bryce Nimmo reached 5 of 6 times today from the leadoff spot for the first time thies year in place of the slumping DJ Belfonte.  While Dan Jennings came in for 4 scoreless innings of relief to seal the victory.

 Winning in Stillwater isn’t exactly easy.  16 times the Pokes have played a game there this year and today’s victory was only the 2nd for a visiting team.

The Huskers got the early lead 5-2 by scoring 4 in the 3rd without the benefit of a hit.  3 walks, 1 hit batter and 2 errors allowed the Huskers to take the early lead.

The Huskers would add to that in the 4th when  a wild pitch and a Craig Corriston double drove home would bring in 3 runs to make the score 8-2.

Aaron Pribanic got the start, but ran into trouble in the 5th when he allowed 3 earned runs (1 after he left) to score before Dan Jennings came in to stop the bleeding.  Dan would not relent as he only allowed 1 hit over the next for to shut down the Cowboy attack.  Mike Nesseth came in to seal the 9th for the 25th win of the year for the Huskers.

The Huskers came right back with 3 runs of their own the next inning to put the game out of reach when Nick Sullivan hit a two single to drive in Abeita and Mort and was then brought in himself when the next batter, Corriston, drilled a 2-out double to left center.

The win keeps the Huskers a half game behind Texas A&M for the conference lead seemingly setting up a big series in Lincoln the 2nd to last weekend of the year.

The Huskers next host the #5 Wichita State Shockers in Lincoln on Tuesday at 6:35pm.

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Husker BaseballStillwater, OK - For the first time since the season opener, the Husker pitching staff showed that they are in fact, human.  The Huskers (24-6-1, 10-3-1) were taken to task by the Oklahoma State Cowboys on their home turf 19-2.  The Husker bats have yet to come alive in this series as they were held scoreless on Friday night and managed just 2 today.

The game started out looking like yet another pitching duel led by Thad Weber.  The game was knotted at 1 in the 4th inning and neither team had done much against the opposing starter.  Then the wheels came off.  The Cowboys scored 14 runs over the next two innings to blow the game wide open.

Bryce Nimmo and Dan Johnston had an RBI apiece and no Husker hitter had more than 1 hit in the game.   Craig Corriston and Cody Neer scored the only runs for Nebraska.

The loss is the first time all season the Huskers have lost 2 in a row.  They will look to bounce back against OSU Sunday at 1:00 pm in the series finale as Aaron Pribanic will look to help the Huskers avoid the sweep.

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Husker BaseballStillwater, OK - Senior Johnny Dorn pitched about as well as you can ask a guy on a Friday night in the Big XII on the road. However, because of the excellent pitching by Andrew Oliver of Oklahoma State, the Huskers (24-5-1, 10-2-1) drop the first game of the weekend series 1-0.

 On the night, Dorn threw a complete game 4 hitter and allowed just 1 run to score from a leadoff triple.  The ball actually landed in Bryce Nimmo’s glove who slipped and fell on the centerfield track and the ball came loose.  Johnny walked just 1 and struckout 7, but unfortunately the Huskers couldn’t manage any offense.

Oliver was brilliant against the Huskers.  He struck out 10, didn’t walk anyone, and gave up just 3 hits, all in seperate innings.  Abeita, Neer and Nimmo all had 1 hit apiece.

The two teams go head to head again tomorrow at 1:00pm as Senior Thad Weber will take the hill and try his luck against the Cowboys.

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NebraskaThe Nebraska Football game that will be played on April 19th, is completely sold out per  All 65,000 reserved, general admission, and obstructed-view seats have been sold out.  The remaining seats are given to people taking the drug free pledge, students, players families, former players, and people in the armed forces.

Talk about Husker fans really stepping up and buying the Husker Tickets up in a hurry.  How many other schools out there can say that they sold out their spring game?

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Nebraska BaseballThe Huser baseball game versus the Iowa Hawkeyes has been cancelled due to inclimate weather and will not be made up. This is the second game this year cancelled because of th weather. The first was the fourth and final game in Palo Alto versus Stanford.

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE - Nick Sullivan had hit just 1 home run this year before yesterday’s 3-run bomb in the first.  Just like yesterday, Nick Sullivan provided another 3-run shot that put the Huskers up for good.  The Huskers (24-4-1, 10-1-1) finished the sweep over visiting Texas Tech (16-15, 4-8) with a 5-3 win on Sunday.

In fact, all the Huskers runs today came off the bat of Nick Sullivan.  In the first, just like yesterday, Mitch Abeita drew a two out walk to put two runners on before Sullivan drilled a ball to right center for a 2-run double.

After two solo shots in the 3rd and 4th of Husker starter Aaron Pribanic, Texas Tech would actually take their first lead of the weekend in the top of the 6th when a Tech double would score a runner from first.  But then Sullivan would hit his second 3-run homer in as many days to put the Huskers in front for good.

On the mound, Pribanic was decent, but struggled with control a little giving 4 free passes.  He would end up with 3 earned runs over 6 innings scattering 6 hits and striking out 6.  The final three innings would be held down by Zach Herr, Mike Nesseth, and Dan Jennings who would only allow 2 hits and strikeout 5.

The Huskers will now hit the road for a 4 game stretch starting with Iowa on Tuesday night before heading to Stillwater for a matchup with Oklahoma State. 

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Husker BaseballLincoln, NE - The Huskers (22-4-1, 9-1-1) continued to stiffle the bats of the Red Raiders (16-13, 4-6) en route to a 5-2 victory at Haymarket Park.  Senior Thad Weber, who entering today had only given up 1 earned run in 23 innings of Big XII pitching, struck out a career high 11 over 7.1 innings of work. 

The Huskers got all the runs they would need in the first inning.  Mitch Abeita and Jake Opitz both coaxed two out walks and Junior Nick Sullivan drilled a 1-1 pitch over the left-center fence for a 3-0 lead.

The Red Raiders plate two of their own in the 2nd inning, but that was all.  The Raiders really only threatened twice after that, one in the 7th inning when Tech had runners on 2nd and 3rd with just 1 out when Weber got a groundout to the pitcher and a strikeout to end the threat.

In the 8th the Raiders would threaten again getting runners on the corners with two outs when Dan Jennings came in relief and induced an easy groundout to Craig Corriston at first.

Jennings proceeded to pitch a perfect ninth, getting a strikeout and a popout and a strikeout to seal the victory.  Jennings earned his first save and kept his scoreless streak alive at 19.2 innings.

The Huskers go for the sweep on Sunday at 1:05pm.  Junior Aaron Pribanic (2-1, 2.41) takes the hill, looking to bounce back from his rough start last week where he gave up 5 earned runs over 6 innings in a 12-3 loss to the Longhorns.

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