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Nebraska Baseball Opens Big 12 Play Against Kansas State

Nebraska heads to Kansas State this weekend to begin Big 12 conference play.

  • We're on a 10-game winning streak, the longest in three years.
  • The 11-2 start is one of the best starts in Husker baseball history.

Husker fans may be impressed with where we are right now, but both of points these mean nothing going into this weekend.  I'm certainly happy about how the baseball team has played thus far, but every conference series that the Cornhuskers play will be important this season due to the strength of the Big 12. Lose a series against a team like Kansas State, and it could cost you a trip to the NCAA tourney as the margin for error will be very thin.

Going into the KSU series:

  • Nebraska pitchers have the second lowest overall ERA in the Big 12.
  • We've given up the lowest amount of hits and runs in the Big 12.
  • Kansas State has the lowest team batting average.
  • The Wildcats have the least number of runs of anyone in conference.

Projected Starting Pitchers

Nebraska Kansas State
Friday Johnny Dorn, RHP (2-0, 1.35 ERA) Brad Hutt, RHP (1-2, 2.25 ERA)
Saturday Thad Weber, RHP (2-1, 7.16 ERA) Chase Bayuk, LHP (0-1, 5.22 ERA)
Sunday Aaron Pribanic, RHP (2-0, 0.96 ERA) Justin Murray, RHP (1-0, 1.54 ERA)

Thad Weber had a rough start in his first game at Stanford, but has since settled down. The Huskers still have pitcher Dan Jennings (ERA 2.87) in reserve should one of the other starters have a problem. Wildcat pitcher Justin Murray has established himself as the third starter, if only because others have struggled.

Kansas State's problem thus far hasn't been pitching, but in generating offense, although a bright spot has been Nate Tenbrink, who's hitting .370, with two homers and 12 RBI's so far.

The series begins today at 4:00 pm, about 30 minutes ago.

Coverage:

The games will be available on the Husker Radio Network and on the internet at Huskers.com.

The game can be seen on HuskersNside with a subscription, or through the Kansas State web site where you could purchase a $9.95 monthly subscription.