Austin Darby came through when it counted most, driving in the winning run with a bases loaded single in the fifth. Chance Sinclair and the bullpen would shut down the Wildcats the rest of the way, as the Huskers gained ground in the BIG standings by defeating Northwestern 4-2.
Nebraska would take an early lead to begin the game. Nebraska would attack Brandon Magallones in the first as three Huskers would gather base hits. Blake Headley would double down the third base line and would move to third on a Ben Miller infield hit. After Darby struck out, Tanner Lubach hit a floater into right field to score Headley.
Nebraska would give up the lead in the fourth due to some unlucky defense. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out, Sinclair would throw a pitch in the turf and Lubach would throw to Sinclair covering home plate, but Sinclair would drop the ball allowing the Wildcats to tie the game. After a squeeze play resulted in an out at the plate, the Huskers would allow another run on a single to give up the lead.
In the fifth after a Christian Cox strikeout, Wes Edrington would work a walk bringing up Ryan Boldt. Boldt would hit a line drive off Magallones for a base hit. Headley would single to load the bases to bring up Miller. Miller would pop up bringing up Darby who delivered the go ahead hit to put the Huskers up 3-2.
Sinclair would mow down the Wildcats in order the next two innings. Jeff Chestnut would get the first two batters in the eighth, but would allow two consecutive hits before Colton Howell would get the final out with a looking strikeout.
The Huskers would add insurance in the ninth. Boldt would single and move to second on a groundball. Miller would score Boldt with a base hit to right to give the Huskers a two run lead.
Josh Roeder would come in and get the save with a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth. Roeder now owns the school record for saves with 32 saves. Nebraska improves to 32-16(7-9). Nebraska and Northwestern will resume their series tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 2:05