On Alex Gordon bobblehead night, Scott Schreiber homered, and Derek Burkamper had his best start in the past two months as the Huskers defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 4-1 Thursday night at Haymarket Park.
Nebraska had a threat in the first inning but did not score. Jake Placzek and Jake Meyers both singled with only one out, but the Huskers were unable to cash in as Ben Miller and Schreiber both grounded out to end the threat.
The Huskers again would put a pair of runners on, this time with two outs. Luis Alvarado would reach on an error, be replaced by Steven Reveles on a fielders choice, and Ryan Boldt would single to bring up Placzek. Before Placzek could swing, Reveles was caught stealing third to end the inning.
While Nebraska threatened, Indiana struggled to get a hit as they would not record their first hit until the sixth inning. Alex Krupa would single through the right side, but would be stranded by Burkamper.
Nebraska came out angry in the bottom of the sixth inning as Meyers and Miller singled to bring up Schreiber. Schreiber would pick on an outside fastball and take it against the wind to right field for his fifth home run in his past three games.
The Hoosiers would get better swings off of Burkamper in the seventh, but he came back with a big shutdown inning. In the eighth, Burkamper would give up a walk and a bloop single to end his night. Jeff Chesnut would come in and get a double play to end the threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, Scott Schreiber came up to bat. Once again, he did not disappoint as he plugged the right center gap for a triple. He would come home on a RBI ground out by Taylor Fish to extend the Husker lead to 4-0.
Chad Luensmann would come in for another non save situation appearance. He would allow Craig Dedlow to hit a home run going to opposite way with the wind. Luensmann would battle back and close the door to secure the victory.
With the win the Huskers move to 35-18 (14-8) while the Hoosiers fall to 31-20 (15-7). Nebraska and Indiana continue their series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35. Matt Waldron gets the ball for the Huskers while Indiana sends Caleb Barager to the bump.