Nebraska came back from a heartbreaking loss in the opener to take a doubleheader from Rutgers Saturday afternoon. Nebraska was dominate in both games, winning the first 8-1 and the second 8-4.
Nebraska put up five runs in the fifth inning in the first contest. Luis Alvarado walked, Jesse Wilkening singled, and Jake Schleppenbach walked to load the bases with no one out. Steven Reveles then drove in a run with a single. A pair of big two out hits by Jake Meyers and Ben Miller stretched the lead to 4-0. A wild pitch tacked on the fifth run of the inning.
The Huskers would plate two more in the sixth, putting the game out of reach. Schleppenbach would walk, Reveles doubled, and then Jake Placzek would single to score one. Ryan Boldt would add a sacrifice fly to end the inning.
After Rutgers got a single run in the sixth, the Huskers would counter with a single run in the eighth. Wilkening walked, stole second and scored on a Placzek double to provide the final score of 8-1.
Nebraska would receive excellent pitching in the first contest, as Matt Waldron threw six innings of one run ball. Waldron would walk a single batter, while striking out four. Robbie Palkert would throw three innings of scoreless relief, as the Huskers evened the series.
In the second contest, Nebraska jumped on Rutgers early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Back to back singles to start the game gave Nebraska an early threat. Miller would double into the gap in left center to give the Huskers a 2-0 lead. A sacrifice fly would push the lead to 3-0.
After scoring a single tally in the third, Nebraska would break out the long ball in the fifth inning when Scott Schreiber went yard, for his team leading 10th home run of the season. Boldt would join the party in the sixth when he drove a pitch over the fence in right center.
Jake Meyers would not allow a hit until the sixth inning, shutting out Rutgers in six scoreless innings. Reece Eddins and Garrett King would each toss a scoreless inning in relief. Nebraska would give up three runs on a bases loaded double in the ninth as Colton Howell made only his sixth relief appaerance on the season.
Jake McSteen would come in and get the final out, securing the doubleheader sweep against Rutgers. With the wins, Nebraska moves to 28-16 (9-6) while Rutgers falls to 22-22 (6-9). Nebraska travels to East Lansing next weekend for a series with the Michigan State Spartans.