In a game that the Nebraska Baseball team got some timely hitting and great pitching, the Huskers defeated the #1 Oregon State Beavers by the score of 9-2 in the opener of the Aramark Pac 12/Big Ten Challenge in Surprise, Arizona on Friday afternoon.
The Huskers (3-2) got 7 innings of 1 run, 4 hit ball out of starter Christian DeLeon, and plated 4 runs in both the sixth and eighth innings, and a trio of relievers got the final 6 outs as Nebraska knocked off the #1 team in College Baseball for the first time since they defeated Texas in 2005.
Oregon State (4-1) started off the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd inning, as DH Michael Howard scored on a passed ball after singling with 1 out in the inning and being moved over by Trever Morrison's single.
Nebraska finally got on the board in a big way in the top of the 6th, as Austin Darby reached on a throwing error with one out. With two outs, Michael Pritchard singled up the middle, then Pat Kelly walked to fill the bases. Blake Headley scored Darby on a single, then Pritchard and Kelly scored on Austin Christenson's single. Ryan Boldt's single scoring Headley gave the Huskers a 4-1 lead after that half inning.
Nebraska struck again in the 7th, as Steven Reveles doubled down the left field line, then was driven in by Pat Kelly's double down the left field line also. The Huskers could have come up with more that inning, but Tyler Lubach was picked off of first after a leadoff walk, then Pritchard was out at the plate on Kelly's double.
The Huskers broke it open in the 8th inning, as Christenson scored on a on a Lubach sacrifice fly, and a Darby triple to right scored both Boldt and Jake Placzek. Darby was driven home by a Reveles double to right, making the score 9-1 for Nebraska.
Oregon State did plate a run in the 8th on a bases loaded walk, but a infield fly and strikeout by Nebraska reliever Bob Greco ended the threat.
Jake Hohensee gave up a opening single, but retired the last three hitters to claim the win for Nebraska.
The Huskers got 10 hits off of first-team All-American starter Andrew Moore. 7 of those hits were two-out hits that happened to plate 8 of the 9 runs the Huskers had on the day.
The Huskers will return home to the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, Surprise Stadium, tomorrow night for a game versus the Washington Huskies. Scheduled start time is 8pm Central, however that could change depending on the games earlier in the day.