Steven Reveles had never hit a home run in college before this season. He already had a walk-off against Loyola Marymount, but had never hit a grand slam. Reveles would accomplish that feat, as the Huskers sent 12 men to the plate in the seventh inning, pulverizing the Indiana State Sycamores 10-4.
The Huskers had trouble solving Sycamore starter Weston Rivers who did not allow a run in his first four innings. While the Huskers hit a few balls hard, Rivers was fortunate to get a lead in the third inning.
The Sycamores grabbed a lead thanks to a couple of Husker mental mistakes in the third. After a leadoff double from Andy Dejesus, the Huskers would get a groundball and a walk to put runners on the corners. Kaden Moore would lineout to Jake Meyers who missed an opportunity to get an out at first on the throw into the infield. Dejesus would then score on a wild pitch to give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead.
Nebraska would respond with two runs in the fifth. Ryan Boldt would single with an out. Boldt would steal second, and Jake Placzek would walk to bring up Ben Miller.Miller would single to score Boldt and tie the game. Scott Schreiber would hit a “Fielder’s Choice” which was a shallow fly ball that dropped, but Miller was out at second on the play, but Placzek scored to put the Huskers ahead.
Indiana State would come back and retake the lead with two runs of their own in the fifth. A leadoff single followed by a triple and a groundout would put the Sycamores ahead 3-2. Zack Engelken was relieved by Jeff Chestnut who provided a sharp relief appearance, putting down the Sycamores for 2.2 innings of almost perfect baseball.
After a quiet sixth, the Huskers would explode in the seventh. Nebraska would score seven runs, their highest output of the season in a single inning. Placzek would launch a two run shot to deep left to give the Huskers a lead. After a little wild pitching loaded the bases, Reveles would hit a no doubt shot to left to give the Huskers a six run lead.
Nebraska and Indiana State traded runs in the eighth. Nebraska tacked on a run thanks to a Meyers single and Luis Alvarado double. Indiana State came back with a walk, hit batter, fielder’s choice, and a wild pitch off of Max Knutson. Byron Hood would come in and pitch a scoreless ninth to close the game for the Huskers.
With the win, Nebraska improves to 12-7 on the year. Indiana State falls to 13-8. Nebraska and Indiana State will play against tomorrow afternoon. Neither team has announced a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.