Nebraska Baseball: Iowa Hawkeyes Come To Haymarket

Change that blue to black and gold or whatever the hell Iowa's uniforms look like and there you go!

Husker baseball plays a three-game conference series against the evil (redundant) Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend at Haymarket Park.

Both teams are 3-3 in the Big Ten, both having played the Northwestern Wildcats with Iowa winning their series, 2-1, and Nebraska losing in horrific fashion on the road at Evanston 1-2.

Television: Friday's game will be shown in Nebraska on NETV. Out of state Husker baseball fans and evil (redundant) Iowans can stream the game online on BTN's Digital Network (subscription required).

Last week I stated that Nebraska wasn't going to lose a game against Northwestern - HA! The losses - especially Saturday's loss in which the Huskers gave up eight unearned runs and committed six errors - were on the verge of heartbreaking to those of us whose expectations were that Nebraska would somehow make the NCAA tournament.

Those losses would be nothing compared to losing a conference series to Iowa at home. It burns us when Nebraska loses to annoying (redundant) Iowa in anything - therefore, it cannot happen!

Nebraska is currently ranked second in the Big Ten in team batting average at .319. Iowa is ranked sixth at .273.

In team pitching, Nebraska is ranked fourth with a 3.82 ERA, and Iowa is right behind them at 3.93. Neither team has a pitcher ranked amongst the tops in conference.

In team defense/fielding, Nebraska is ranked first with a fielding percentage of .975, while Iowa is in fifth at .968.

Both teams appear somewhat similar when you look at them in this manner, but consider this - Nebraska's ISR is 51. Flatulent (redundant) Iowa's? 215. In other words, Iowa has comparable stats for the most part, but against far worse opponents than Nebraska.

Projected Starting Pitchers

Nebraska (20-11, 3-3 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (12-14, 3-3 Big Ten)

Fri., April 6 - 6:35 p.m

Tom Lemke, Jr., RHP (3-2) vs. Jarred Hippen, Jr., LHP (2-3)

Sat., April 7 - 2:05 p.m.

Brandon Pierce, So., RHP (3-1) vs. Matt Dermondy, Jr., LHP (1-3)

Sun., April 8 - 1:05 p.m.

Zach Hirsch, Jr., LHP (3-2) vs. Sasha Kuebel, Fr., LHP (2-0)

A change in the starting line up this weekend has Brandon Pierce getting his first conference start in place of Jon Keller.

That bit about comparable stats? You might be tempted to take it with a grain of salt, but I'd be cautious. Nebraska has one of the top offenses in the nation, from Huskers.com:

National Notice
Even after struggling offensively last weekend at Northwestern, the Huskers entered the week ranked in the top-25 nationally in nine categories, including a pair of top-five ranking in hits and runs scored.

Through April 1, the Huskers ranked second in the country in runs scored with 237, while New Mexico State, who the Huskers beat earlier this season, lead the nation with 300 runs. NU sits fourth nationally in hits with 337, only 13 behind Indiana State's nation-leading total of 350.

The Huskers are also ranked in the top-25 in slugging (11th - .467), batting average (13th - .320), home runs (17th - 27), home runs per game (19th - 0.90), on-base percentage (21st - .402) and doubles (24th - 60).

After last week's debacle in which I poo-poo'ed Northwestern's pitching, I'm a little hesitant to do the same to Beautiful, Peaceful (lying bastard) Iowa. All three of their starting pitchers are lefties, and while the game is in Lincoln, you don't know what you're going to get until the teams get out on the field.

On the other hand, I hope we stomp the crap out of Don't Deserve Your Crap (bullshit, but maybe you're right with all them hogs they probably have enough of their own) Iowa. They're A Real Pain In Ass to Everyone Around (truer words never spoken) Iowa, for crying out loud.

Nebraska Offense

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
4 Pritchard, Michae 0.412 30-26 102 31 42 7 0 0 10 49 0.48 13 1 7 4 0.483 0 2 3-6 38 2 1 0.976
9 Kelly, Pat....... 0.407 20-16 59 11 24 3 1 4 16 41 0.695 4 0 9 1 0.444 0 2 1-1 19 33 6 0.897
20 Scheffert, Josh.. 0.378 23-17 74 18 28 6 0 3 16 43 0.581 4 0 5 0 0.41 0 0 1-1 99 32 3 0.978
2 Christensen, Chad 0.354 31-31 127 32 45 7 2 6 34 74 0.583 15 2 20 1 0.431 0 1 5-6 61 88 6 0.961
39 Stock, Richard... 0.343 26-23 102 17 35 9 1 1 25 49 0.48 3 3 13 3 0.376 1 0 1-1 164 9 1 0.994
11 Sanguinetti, Rich 0.339 29-28 115 25 39 8 2 2 27 57 0.496 11 0 20 0 0.391 2 10 5-8 79 2 1 0.988
3 Kalkowski, Kash.. 0.325 23-19 83 10 27 3 0 3 21 39 0.47 1 4 5 0 0.364 0 0 1-2 50 2 1 0.981
41 Darby, Austin.... 0.317 21-16 63 11 20 5 0 1 8 28 0.444 9 0 13 1 0.397 1 3 4-4 34 1 0 1
22 Headley, Blake... 0.314 17-7 35 6 11 0 0 0 5 11 0.314 5 0 7 1 0.4 0 0 1-3 9 20 1 0.967
10 Farmer, Kurt..... 0.270 22-18 63 15 17 1 1 2 10 26 0.413 11 2 8 3 0.39 1 1 2-3 9 45 5 0.915
13 Burleson, Cory... 0.260 23-21 73 16 19 3 0 1 14 25 0.342 6 5 18 0 0.357 0 2 1-1 100 26 1 0.992
7 Peters, Bryan.... 0.243 24-21 70 17 17 3 1 0 11 22 0.314 6 7 9 1 0.357 1 0 2-4 48 72 2 0.984
14 Kiser, Kale...... 0.200 29-24 80 21 16 5 0 4 20 33 0.413 23 10 8 0 0.422 3 2 4-5 44 1 1 0.978
40 Stucky, Sam...... 0.192 11-8 26 7 5 1 0 0 1 6 0.231 4 2 10 1 0.333 1 2 0-0 49 8 0 1
46 Kildow, T........ 0.125 15-4 16 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.125 3 0 7 0 0.263 0 0 1-1 13 0 0 1
Totals.............. 0.319 31-31 1088 243 347 61 8 27 218 505 0.464 118 36 159 16 0.4 10 25 32-46 834 383 31 0.975
Opponents........... 0.282 31-31 1089 142 307 49 3 12 135 398 0.365 107 30 166 19 0.36 7 14 12-28 803 362 43 0.964

Nebraska Pitching

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
37 Hander, Ryan..... 1.350 1-0 10 0 0 0/2 0 13.1 8 2 2 3 9 1 0 0 46 0.174 0 1 0 0 0
44 Pierce, Brandon.. 1.930 3-1 16 1 0 0/0 1 23.1 18 8 5 14 14 4 0 0 88 0.205 3 2 0 0 0
26 Vogt, Dylan...... 2.190 1-1 14 0 0 0/0 0 24.2 22 9 6 7 17 2 0 0 90 0.244 1 2 0 2 1
55 Huber, Travis.... 3.000 0-2 14 0 0 0/1 5 15 19 8 5 9 10 2 0 0 63 0.302 1 0 0 0 0
19 Bublitz, Luke.... 3.090 0-1 10 0 0 0/0 1 11.2 13 4 4 2 12 3 0 1 45 0.289 0 2 0 1 2
31 Kubat, Kyle...... 3.120 2-0 8 3 0 0/0 0 17.1 23 6 6 11 8 5 0 0 68 0.338 0 1 0 0 1
32 King, Tyler...... 3.240 1-0 15 1 0 0/1 0 16.2 12 11 6 11 12 2 0 0 61 0.197 3 2 0 1 1
18 Bummer, Aaron.... 3.270 1-0 11 0 0 0/2 0 11 7 4 4 4 12 0 0 0 40 0.175 0 2 0 0 0
30 Lemke, Tom....... 4.130 3-2 7 6 0 0/0 0 32.2 42 16 15 7 13 8 0 1 137 0.307 0 3 0 1 0
23 Keller, Jon...... 4.170 3-1 8 8 0 0/1 0 36.2 47 26 17 15 19 5 1 2 153 0.307 1 7 0 0 1
27 Hirsch, Zach..... 4.650 3-2 8 8 0 0/0 0 40.2 46 21 21 8 25 9 1 4 153 0.301 0 3 0 1 5
50 Spitsnogle, Dexte 5.870 0-0 4 2 0 0/0 0 7.2 9 5 5 1 3 1 0 3 31 0.29 0 2 0 0 0
21 Niederklein, Tyle 6.530 2-1 9 2 0 0/1 0 20.2 27 15 15 10 8 4 1 1 82 0.329 2 2 0 1 3
36 Stovall, Jeff.... 9.450 0-0 7 0 0 0/0 0 6.2 14 7 7 5 4 3 0 0 32 0.438 2 1 0 0 0
Totals.............. 3.820 20-11 31 31 0 2/2 7 278 307 142 118 107 166 49 3 12 1089 0.282 13 30 0 7 14
Opponents........... 7.300 11-20 31 31 1 1/1 4 267.2 347 243 217 118 159 61 8 27 1088 0.319 22 36 2 10 25

Iowa Offense

Player avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
Keppler, Phil 0.353 19-13 51 11 18 0 1 0 6 20 0.392 6 0 7 1 0.421 0 0 1-2 65 7 0 1
McQuillan, Mike 0.341 26-26 91 25 31 4 1 0 8 37 0.407 21 5 16 1 0.483 1 1 7-9 134 52 4 0.979
Niedbalski, Bryan 0.333 17-8 27 5 9 0 0 0 6 9 0.333 4 2 7 0 0.441 1 1 0-0 55 5 0 1
Yacinich, Jacob 0.319 22-19 69 13 22 3 1 0 13 27 0.391 4 5 7 2 0.392 1 7 7-7 32 42 8 0.902
Zeise, Chett 0.299 26-25 97 17 29 10 0 2 14 45 0.464 12 2 15 2 0.384 1 5 5-7 11 52 6 0.913
Host, Andrew 0.289 24-10 38 7 11 3 0 0 5 14 0.368 1 2 9 1 0.333 1 1 0-0 36 0 0 1
Rumpf, Ryan 0.273 20-18 77 8 21 1 2 0 12 26 0.338 3 0 14 3 0.3 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 0
Toole, Eric 0.271 21-13 48 3 13 0 0 0 4 13 0.271 0 0 8 0 0.265 1 4 2-5 21 0 0 1
Sheppard, Dan 0.242 20-18 66 10 16 1 0 0 7 17 0.258 5 3 14 0 0.32 1 0 3-3 105 8 2 0.983
Goodman, Kris 0.232 20-16 56 7 13 3 0 0 5 16 0.286 2 1 13 1 0.271 0 3 2-2 38 1 0 1
Flanagan, Sean 0.200 18-15 50 10 10 4 0 3 11 23 0.46 5 9 20 0 0.369 1 0 0-1 27 0 1 0.964
Carling, Kasey 0.194 15-9 31 4 6 1 0 0 5 7 0.226 4 0 6 1 0.286 0 1 0-0 16 24 2 0.952
Zeutenhorst, Taylor 0.164 24-17 61 8 10 4 0 1 5 17 0.279 8 5 22 1 0.311 0 0 3-4 30 0 0 1
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Torres, Anthony 0.400 5-2 10 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 0.5 1 0 1 0 0.455 0 0 0-0 17 2 2 0.905
Mangler, Jake 0.325 13-9 40 5 13 1 1 0 10 16 0.4 1 2 3 2 0.356 2 1 1-2 14 19 1 0.971
Ewing, Andrew 0.267 9-4 15 1 4 0 0 0 1 4 0.267 2 0 6 0 0.353 0 1 0-0 5 7 3 0.8
Brand, Keith 0.250 11-9 28 2 7 1 0 0 6 8 0.286 2 6 5 0 0.405 1 3 0-1 62 11 0 1
Day, Nick 0.250 4-1 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.5 1 0 1 0 0.4 0 0 0-0 2 5 0 1
Haen, Kyle 0.111 11-2 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.111 0 1 2 0 0.2 0 0 1-1 4 0 0 1
Brennan, Patrick 0.000 2-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Kuebel, Sasha 0.000 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 1 8 0 1
Totals 0.274 26-26 871 141 239 38 6 6 120 307 0.352 82 43 177 15 0.361 11 28 33-45 687 276 32 0.968
Opponents 0.268 26-26 876 125 235 38 3 13 112 318 0.363 92 22 181 15 0.349 9 29 35-44 685 306 44 0.957

Iowa Pitching

Player era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
Brown, Nick 0.000 1-0 7-0 0 0/1 4 9 5 0 0 7 13 1 0 0 32 0.156 1 0 1 0 0
Rumpf, Ryan 0.000 1-0 5-0 0 0/0 0 4.1 5 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 17 0.294 2 0 0 0 0
Bergman, Ben 0.000 0-0 5-0 0 0/0 0 1.2 1 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 6 0.167 0 0 0 0 0
Hedrick, Andrew 2.950 2-0 6-4 0 0/0 0 18.1 20 10 6 12 14 6 0 1 72 0.278 2 2 0 0 2
Kaufman, Taylor 3.000 0-0 10-0 0 0/1 0 12 9 4 4 3 14 1 0 0 43 0.209 1 0 1 0 0
Kuebel, Sasha 3.180 2-0 6-6 0 0/0 0 34 30 15 12 6 14 2 1 1 127 0.236 1 2 0 0 4
Hibbing, Nick 3.680 0-1 8-1 0 0/0 1 14.2 10 6 6 9 7 1 0 1 50 0.2 0 1 0 0 2
Fangman, Tim 3.860 1-3 11-0 0 0/0 0 16.1 22 13 7 7 13 1 0 0 68 0.324 2 2 0 3 3
Hanse, Andrew 3.860 1-0 10-0 0 0/0 0 11.2 16 5 5 8 14 4 0 0 47 0.34 3 1 0 0 2
Hippen, Jarred 4.240 2-3 7-7 1 0/0 0 51 55 28 24 9 35 9 1 5 201 0.274 0 4 1 1 5
Dermody, Matt 4.330 1-3 7-7 0 0/1 0 35.1 35 22 17 14 32 8 0 2 132 0.265 1 5 0 2 6
Lala, Patrick 8.220 1-3 8-0 0 0/0 0 7.2 8 9 7 4 7 0 0 1 28 0.286 1 3 0 1 2
Sandquist, Ricky 8.710 0-1 5-1 0 0/0 0 10.1 14 10 10 4 8 4 0 2 42 0.333 1 2 0 1 2
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Keppler, Phil 10.120 0-0 3-0 0 0/0 0 2.2 5 3 3 2 3 1 0 0 11 0.455 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 3.970 12-14 26-26 1 1/1 5 229 235 125 101 92 181 38 3 13 876 0.268 15 22 3 9 29
Opponents 4.140 14-12 26-26 1 2/2 5 228.1 239 141 105 82 177 38 6 6 871 0.274 18 43 5 11 28
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