With 4121 fans in attendance, the Nebraska Baseball team clubbed the Northern Colorado Bears in the first of two midweek games by a final score of 9-3. The Huskers got out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning at Haymarket Park and never looked back.
Jake Schleppenbach and Ryan Boldt lead off the game with a pair of walks. Blake Headley then hit a ground ball fair inside the 1st base bag for a triple to put the Huskers up 2-0. Ben Miller would continue the rally reaching on an error. The Huskers would take a 2-0 lead to the second.
In the second, the Huskers would take on four more runs. Steven Reveles walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Schleppenbach and Boldt both reached, loading the bases. After a flyout from Headley, Miller was hit by the pitch to drive in Reveles. Luis Alvarado added a walk to force in Schleppenbach, and Austin Darby smoked a double into the right centerfield gap to plate a pair.
With the Huskers up 7-0, freshman Garett King made his first start as a Husker. King would wind up going 4 innings, allowing one run. The Huskers would then turn to the bullpen, getting a pair of scoreless innings from Max Knutson.
With the Huskers up 7-1 going into the seventh, the Huskers called on Reece Eddins to pitch. Eddins got a timely double play ball in the seventh. In the eighth, Eddins ran into trouble, allowing the three consecutive singles. Eddins day was done, and the Huskers called on Colton Howell to shut the door on the Bears. Howell would give up a sacrifice fly, but limit the damage to just two runs, maintaining the Husker lead at 7-3.
Looking for insurance runs, the Huskers would plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Reveles reached on an error, and moved to second on a stolen base. After Boldt popped out for the second out of the inning, Reveles would steal third and score on a throwing error. Headley would then put a charge into a ball, recording his second triple of the game on a ball to deep center. Miller scored Headley on a single to close out the scoring.
Howell shut the door in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts. The Huskers move to 8-6 on the season. The Huskers and Bears return to action tomorrow afternoon to finish the midweek series.