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Huskers Win 8-2, Sweep Season Series Against Mavericks

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Max Knutson pitches career high 8.0 innings in victory

Behind a stellar pitching outing from Max Knutson and back to back home runs from Ben Miller and Scott Schreiber, the Huskers swept the season series against the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks by a final score of 6-2.

Nebraska would fall behind early. After a walk, Ryan Boldt would lose a ball in the sun in center field, allowing the first two to reach. A sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly would put the Mavericks up 1-0 early on. It would stay that way until the fourth inning.

The Huskers would send all nine runners to the plate in the fourth inning. Luis Alvarado would walk with one out, and then Steven Reveles, Angelo Altavilla, Jake Placzek, and Boldt would all single, to build a 3-1 lead for the Huskers. After Jake Meyers walked, Miller and Schreiber would strike out to end the threat.

Nebraska would tack on three more in the sixth thanks to a pair of blasts. First Miller turned on an inside fastball and drilled it to the porch in right center for a two run blast. Schreiber would show off his power on a breaking ball and hit a ball to dead center for a solo shot.

After giving up a single tally in the top of the seventh, Nebraska would extend the lead with a pair in the bottom half of the inning. Alvarado would walk, steal a base, advance on a groundball, and score on a wild pitch. After Placzek walked, Boldt would get his third hit of the evening, a double down the right field line scoring Placzek from first.

While the Husker offense went to work, Knutson kept the Mavericks at bay all night. Knutson had never pitched into the seventh before tonight, and he completed eight entire innings, allowing only four hits all night. Knutson was around the strike zone, and got a number of easy outs tonight, a good sign moving forward.

Knutson would exit after the eighth, and in would come Reece Eddins. Eddins would walk the first hitter, but would come back and strike out the side.

With the win, Nebraska improves to 31-17 (11-7), while Nebraska-Omaha falls to 24-24 (14-10). Nebraska remains home this weekend as they host Penn State starting Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35, with Derek Burkamper taking the hill for the Huskers.