The Nebraska Cornhuskers took game one of the series against the Oklahoma Sooners this afternoon, 4-2. The game was tied 2-2, entering the bottom of the ninth. Jake Optiz flew out to center field, Mitch Abeita struck out, then Nick Sullivan got a base hit. With two outs, Craig Corriston hit his first home run of the season over the left field wall.
The Sooners lead most of the game, until Nick Sullivan hit a two-run single to tie he game.
Johnny Dorn pitched seven innings, giving up 9 hits, two earned runs, with three walks and (uncharacteristically) zero strikeouts. Zach Herr finished the game for the Huskers, not allowing a hit and giving up only one walk in the six batters he faced. Oklahoma starter Jeremy Erben pitched very well, giving up two runs (one earned) and allowing only four hits.
Nebraska moves to 4-0 in Big 12 play. Better yet, they win the Friday game, greatly increasing their chances of winning the series and setting up a sweep. Nebraska's pitching staff was a big question mark going into the season. With Thad Weber set to start Saturday and Aaron Pribanic starting Sunday, the starting rotation looks very good as most of the Big 12 teams we'll face are still struggling to find their starters.
Game two is tomorrow at 2:05 pm. Don't mean to sound redundant, but Nebraska needs to remain opportunistic as they did today and win as many as possible.