The Nebraska Baseball team won their fourth consecutive game on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 8-2 in front of 6223 fans at Haymarket Park. Nebraska will go for their first sweep of the season Sunday afternoon.
After Kyle Kubat made quick work of the Eagles on Saturday afternoon, the Huskers put up three runs in the first inning for the second consecutive game. After Jake Schleppenbach singled to begin the game, Ryan Boldt walked on four pitches. Tanner Lubach then got a 2-2 fastball which was turned on to deep left of the foul pole. Initially the umpires called it a double but they got together and signaled home run.
The Huskers would stage a two out rally in the third. Blake Headley would rope a single to right to start the rally. Ben Miller then hit a ball into left center. Headley made it to third and Miller to second on a throwing error by the centerfielder. A wild pitch would provide the Huskers with a two out run, scoring Headley.
With the Huskers up by four, the Eagles would get a rally going in their half of the fourth. Kubat would give up a pair of singles to lead off the inning. After a pair of fly balls, Matt Reardon hit a shallow fly ball to left. Luis Alvarado trapped the ball but then threw a laser to Lubach who applied the tag on Tyler Selesky.
Nebraska would break the game open in the fifth. Alvarado and Lubach reached on a pair of ground balls through the right side of the infield. Headley drew a walk to load the bases up for Miller. Miller then promptly hit a ball through the right side scoring Alvarado. Scott Schreiber then hit a fly ball to left that looked to be good for a sacrifice fly. The ball hit Schreiber’s bat and bounced behind the plate allowing both Lubach and Headley to score extending the Nebraska lead to 7-0.
The Eagles got a pair of runs off of Kubat in the sixth. Kubat gave up three consecutive singles to start the inning. Kubat would then get a pair of fielder’s choice groundouts to concede the two runs. Kubat escaped the inning with only a pair of runs given up.
Wes Edrington would start the Huskers sixth inning off with a solid single down the left field line. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, Boldt would score Edrington on a chopping single into center field to move the lead back up to 6 at 8-2.
Jeff Chestnut and Nate Fisher combined to throw the final two innings out of the Nebraska bullpen. The Huskers move to 11-6 on the season while the Eagles drop to 8-11-1. The final game is set for 12:05 tomorrow afternoon.