The Nebraska Baseball team was swept for the second time in league play over the weekend, falling in all three games against Iowa. The Nebraska bats and defense let down solid pitching. Nebraska hit .203 on the weekend and had a costly error that led to three runs scoring in the opening game.
Nebraska would leave the bases loaded four times over the weekend, managing to get zero runs in those four opportunities. Nebraska also left key runners stranded on third with less than two outs in the middle game.
In the first game, Chance Sinclair gave the Huskers a chance to win, pitching 6.2 innings of four run ball. Only one of the runs was earned, as Jake Placzek botched a routine ball in the first inning allowing three runs to score.
Nebraska would threaten in the ninth, but a pair of diving catches would seal the game for Iowa. Ben Miller did hit his third home run of the season in the loss.
In Sunday’s doubleheader, the Nebraska offense managed three runs combined. A pair of sacrifice flies would put the Huskers up early in the first game, but Iowa came storming back to tie the game after a triple and a sacrifice fly. Iowa would win the game in extra innings after Christian Cox was unable to make a diving catch to push the game to the eleventh.
Nebraska was unable to muster any offense outside of Ryan Boldt and Blake Headley until the ninth inning of the finale. The Huskers would load the bases brining the tying run to the plate. Elijah Dilday would strikeout to end the game and secure the sweep for the Hawkeyes.
Nebraska now must dig deep the next two weeks against low tier BIG teams to make the BIG tournament and hope to do damage. Nebraska’s RPI did not move over the weekend, as they still sit 20th.