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Lubach Carries Huskers Past Kansas State in Extra Inning Affair

Tanner Lubach went 5-5 and Blake Headley added a solo home run as the Huskers stopped their losing streak at three games.

Tanner Lubach had already collected four hits on the night, why not add a fifth. Lubach would single to left field plating the go ahead run in the 10th inning, as the Huskers defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 5-4 Tuesday night.

The Huskers looked like they would cruise as they got out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning behind some timely hits. After Ben Miller hit an infield single, Lubach would record his first triple of the season, a ball that plugged the gap, allowing Miller to score. Lubach would score on a Scott Schreiber single. The Huskers would push the lead to 3-0 on a Jake Placzek single after a Schreiber stolen base.

Kansas State would get a run back on three hits in the bottom of the second. After a single and pickoff, Kansas State would get a double and a single to close to within 3-1.

The Huskers would add to their lead in the third as Blake Headley smashed a ball over the scoreboard. Garett King would then escape trouble to keep the Husker lead at 4-1.

King would be in and out of trouble all night, until he departed in the sixth. After a pair of singles to start the sixth, King would get an out and a groundout allowing the Wildcats to pull within 4-2. Jeff Chestnut would come in and allow a double and a single, allowing the Wildcats to tie the score.

Neither team could find a run until the 10th inning when the Huskers struck. After Ryan Boldt was called out on a play in which replay showed he was safe, Jake Schleppenbach singled to put the go-ahead run on. Headley would then launch a ball 398 feet to center which was caught for the 2nd out. Ben Miller then recorded his second hit of the game on a deep groundball to the shortstop. Lubach then promptly deposited a pitch into left field scoring Schleppenbach.

Josh Roeder came in to close for the Huskers. After getting the first two outs, Roeder walked a batter, and then gave up a deep fly ball down the right field line that landed foul. Roeder then recorded a strikeout to end the game. The Huskers are back in action Friday night at Hawks Field when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.