Many apologies to the people who look forward to reading what I have to write about the Husker baseballers. I'm sure both of them were disappointed to see the lack of posts from me in the past week. I'm still in the great southwest, roaming around spring training and soaking up the sun while I watch baseball game after baseball game.
The only problem is, I often only have a short opportunity to access the internet and write. I'm ashamed to say that I've pushed Husker baseball to the back burner, in favor of my work covering former Husker Alex Gordon for the Lincoln Journal-Star and the endless writing about my team, the Oakland A's (the current employer of former Huskers Dan Johnson and Shane Komine).
In any case, I'm back. I'll return home to the wonderful state of Nebraska later this week, and bring you more coverage of the Huskers than you're ready for. Really, your head will spin. Schedule your appointment with the chiropractor now, your neck will thank you.
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After the Huskers laid an egg for the first time in eight score games by getting blanked at Alabama, they charged back to take the last two games, and the series. I couldn't be more proud of the boys in scarlet and cream. There are a lot of teams out there that would have been so deflated by getting smoked on the road that they would have laid down and died for the series. Alabama is a good team, and I'll be happy with taking two of three in Tuscaloosa any time.
The Huskers opened Big 12 play on Thursday, dropping the first game 6-7 to a quality Texas Tech team in extra innings. Nebraska starting pitching continued to falter, with top man Tony Watson giving up four earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched, raising his ERA to 4.76 on the young season.
Steve Edlefsen, Craig Corriston and Andy Gerch each knocked two hits for Nebraska. Corriston raised his average to .350 -- the only Husker regular over .300, unless you include Jeff Tezak's .441 over 34 at-bats. Edlefsen, in addition to hitting his first double of the season, pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, the most effective pitching performance of the day. The excellent outing lowered his ERA to 1.86 on the season.
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I'll be back with a recap after Saturday's series final, and then you can expect me to be around regularly until the end of the season, so be sure to check back for the latest on the Husker baseball team.