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Nebraska Smashes Michigan, To Meet Ohio State Tomorrow

Nebraska's baseball team beat Michigan 11-2 in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament to advance and meet #2 seed Ohio State Thursday afternoon.

Husker ace Kyle Kubat was right on all night...
Husker ace Kyle Kubat was right on all night...
David McGee

The Nebraska baseball team routed the Michigan Wolverines 11-2 in the opening round of the 2013 Big Ten Baseball tourney just days after the Wolverines had embarrassed Nebraska 19-7 in the final game of the regular season.

Kyle Kubat started on the mound for the Huskers and had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning. By that time the Huskers were already ahead 7-0. Kubat went seven innings, giving up only a single hit while striking out six, one less than his career high.

Michigan pitchers would issue eight walks, six of which lead to runs. Pitcher James Bourque was called for a balk in the first inning that allowed Rich Sanguinetti to walk home from third.

Austin Darby had the hit of the game when he hit a double off the right field wall, clearing the bases to score three runs in the fifth inning. Darby would finish 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Third baseman Blake Headley went 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run, while Pat Kelly was 2-for-5 with a run.

Michigan didn't score until the top of the ninth inning.

In the early game, Minnesota beat Illinois 3-2 with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Minnesota advances to play #1 seed Indiana Thursday night at 7:05 PM.

Nebraska will meet #2 seed Ohio State in the second round of the tourney Thursday at 3:35 PM. The complete bracket can be found here.