The end has finally come. The last game of the season was nothing short of microcosm of the season. Nebraska jumped out ahead early, dominating the opponent. Nebraska then self-destructed in utter fashion as they were eliminated from the BIG Tournament with a 9-7 loss to the Michigan State Spartans.
Nebraska would fall behind early. After Kyle Kubat hit a batter, Blaise Salter would get a fastball which he promptly deposited into the upper deck at Target Field.
Nebraska would cut into the lead with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly in the second. The score would stay 2-1 until Nebraska exploded in the fifth.
Nebraska would score five runs in the fifth. Jake Placzek would single, Jake Meyers would walk to bring up Luis Alvarado. Alvarado would single, followed by a Jake Schleppenbach single to tie the game for the Huskers. Tanner Lubach would walk and Blake Headley would single to extend the lead to 5-2. Ben Miller then added a single to push the lead to 6-2.
Michigan State would get a run back in the sixth on a fielder’s choice. Jeff Chesnut would come in and get a ground ball double play to end the threat for the Spartans. Nebraska would respond with a run in the seventh to push the score back to 7-3.
The microcosm of the season started in the eighth inning as the Huskers would turn to Miller to bridge the gap to Josh Roeder in the ninth. Miller was unable to locate the zone and allowed two walks and two singles before departing leaving the Huskers up 7-4. Roeder came in and walked the first batter he faced to shrink the lead to 7-5. Ryan Krill would then deliver the death blow to Nebraska by hitting a grand slam to put the Spartans up 9-7.
Nebraska could not get anything going in the ninth. Nebraska finishes the year with a 34-23 (9-14).