It took 11 innings, but Nebraska broke a five game losing streak, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 5-1 on Tuesday night. Scott Schreiber scored the go ahead run and Chad Luensmann picked up his first career victory for the Huskers.
Nebraska took an early lead in the fourth inning thanks to Jake Placzek. Placzek would single, steal second base and score on a Jake Meyers single to put the Huskers up early.
Kansas State would come right back and tie the game in the fifth inning. After working four scoreless innings, Max Knutson would give up back to back singles, ending his day. Reece Eddins would come in and limit the damage to a sacrifice fly to tie the score.
A scary play occurred in the sixth inning, when reliever Jeff Chesnut was hit by a ball in the head with two outs. Chesnut would leave the game under his own power, and was taken back by Kansas State doctors for further evaluation.
Nebraska would have a golden opportunity in the seventh after Angelo Altavilla walked to start the inning. Altavilla was replaced by Luis Alvarado on a fielder’s choice. Alvarado went to third on an errant pickoff throw, but was doubled off when Jake Schleppenbach hit a line drive to third.
While the Huskers could not muster any offense, the bullpen made sure that Kansas State would get no momentum. Nebraska pitchers had only two walks in eleven innings. The combination of Eddins, Chesnut, Garrett King, and Luensmann would allow six hits in seven innings, yielding no runs.
The offense finally broke through in the eleventh. Schreiber led off with a single, and moved to second on a wild pitch. An error allowed Meyers to reach and three straight singles from Taylor Fish, Alvarado, and Schleppenbach extended the lead to 4-1. A balk would stretch the lead to 5-1.
Luensmann would stay in the game and would hit a batter, allow an infield single and walk to load the bases with one out. Clayton Dalrymple would then ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game, stopping the losing streak at five.
With the win Nebraska improves to 23-14 (7-5). Nebraska returns home to Haymarket Park this weekend to host Nichols State in a non-conference series. First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 6:35.