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Nebraska Baseball: Huskers vs Northwestern Wildcats Open Thread!

Friday, March 29 - 6:35 p.m. (CT)

Probable Starters: RHP Christian DeLeon (2-2) vs. RHP Zach Morton (3-0)

TV: Big Ten Network


Radio: Husker Sports Network /Smartphone Huskers App

WohooO!! It's the Big Red's home conference opener, and it'll be on TV on the BTN! WohoooOO Again!!!!

This is an important series against Northwestern as Nebraska needs as many wins as possible. Tonight's game will not be easy as the Wildcats start one of the best pitchers in the Big Ten, Zach Morton. Morton has a 0.74 ERA, having allowed only five runs over 36.2 innings pitched. Having said that, Northwestern's schedule hasn't exactly been the gauntlet of pain that Nebraska has endured, and as noted in the notes from the Nebraska press release below, they've had several games cancelled due to weather. Turns out those game were scheduled against Kansas and Missouri, along with one against Furman.

Let's keep the bats going tonight and get a Friday night win!

And there's basketball going on too....


Northwestern Preview From the Nebraska Baseball Press Release

The Northwestern Wildcats enter Friday's series opener with a 10-6 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Big Ten play.

The Wildcats have played the fewest games of any Big Ten team at 16 games, while the next fewest is Iowa with 19.

Northwestern has had to cancel four games already this season and postpone another other, including a three-game series at Missouri that was canceled due to weather.

The Wildcats have won six of their last seven games after being swept at Missouri State in a three-game series. Northwestern opened Big Ten play last weekend with Iowa, taking 2-of-3 from the Hawkeyes.

The series with the Hawkeyes was scheduled to be at Northwestern's home field, Rocky Miller Park, but due to weather the games were played 30 miles away at Lee Pfund Stadium in Carol Stream, Ill.

Offensively, the Wildcats are led by Kyle Ruchim, who plays second base and pitches. The 5-10 junior is hitting .538 (21-39) in 10 games played, with five doubles, one triple, and on an on-base percentage of .612.

Only two other Wildcats regulars are hitting over .300 on the year, including Jack Havey (.393) and two-way player Zach Morton (.333).

As a team, the Wildcats have only three home runs on the year, but have roped 33 doubles, over two a game.

Northwestern hasn't been a constant threat to steal, but has been successful when they do with 16 steals in 21 attempts.

On the mound, Morton is scheduled to start for Northwestern on Friday night and also serves as the team's DH. The senior right-hander is 3-0 on the year in five starts with a 0.74 ERA. Over 36.2 innings of work he has allowed just five runs (three earned) on 29 hits and eight walks, while striking out 29. He has given up six extra base hits on the year, but of which being a home run.

Senior Luke Farrell is schedule to take his 1-1 record to the mound on Saturday. In four starts he has a 2.25 ERA in 28.0 innings of work. The 6-6 righty has been tough on opposing hitters with a team-high 35 strikeouts to just nine walks, while holding opposing hitters to a .194 average. Farrell has given up two of Northwestern's three home runs on the year.

Sophomore Brandon Magallones rounds out the Wildcats' rotation and is scheduled to throw on Sunday. The 6-3 righty is 3-1 on the year in five starts and has a 3.09 ERA over 32.0 innings. He has giving up 11 runs on 26 hits and 10 walks, while totaling 22 strikeouts.

The previously mentioned Ruchim has seen the most work out of the bullpen with 12.2 innings over six appearance. He holds a 0.71 ERA and a 2-1 record, as he has given up two runs on eight hits, while striking out 15.