For the second time in as many years, the Nebraska Baseball team has started the season with a shutout. Nebraska blanked The College of Charleston on Friday afternoon thanks to timely hitting, and a dominant pitching staff.
Colton Howell got a no decision in his first collegiate start, but was brilliant on the mound. Howell would toss five innings of one hit ball while striking out four cougars. The Huskers meanwhile could not give Howell any offensive support as Nathan Helvey held the Huskers at bay.
The Huskers would break through in the seventh against the Cougar bullpen. Luis Alvarado and Elijah Dilday led off the inning with back to back hits bringing up Taylor Fish. Cougar pitcher Anthony Burke would field Fish’s sacrifice but threw the ball into right field, scoring Alvarado. Sophomore Jake Meyers would add a RBI single, doubling the Husker lead.
After Jeff Chestnut shut down the Cougars in the seventh, the Husker offense went back to work. Sophomore Scott Schreiber started the inning with a single and advanced to third on an Alvarado single. Fish would bring both runners home with a double in the gap in right to increase the lead to 4-0.
Freshman Chad Luensmann came in to work the last two innings. Luensmann allowed a walk in the eighth and nothing more. Chestnut picked up the win for the Huskers while Burke took the loss for the Cougars. The Huskers move to 1-0 on the season while the Cougars fall to 0-1.
The Huskers and Cougars meet tomorrow at 1:30 to continue the three game series. Sophomore Garret King is set to start for the Huskers while Bailey Ober will get the start for the Cougars.