Nebraska played small ball in the first inning, and made it hold up as they defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 2-0 to clinch the series Friday night. Matt Waldron was the star of the night as he tossed 8 innings of scoreless baseball, extending his streak to 18.2 innings without allowing a run.
After a quick top of the first, Nebraska would score a run in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Boldt got an infield single to start, and then Jake Placzek would single to put two on. After a sacrifice bunt, Ben Miller would drive in Boldt with a ground ball to second base.
Waldron would run into trouble in the fifth as the Hoosiers had runners at first and second with only one out. He would get a tapped hit right back to him but both Jake Schleppenbach and Steven Reveles ran into each other, preventing a double play. Waldron would come back and get Alex Krupa to strikeout looking to end the threat.
With the momentum, Nebraska would add another run in their half of the fifth. Reveles would double and then advance to third when Schleppenbach had a bunt single. Cole Klemke would single into right but Schleppenbach was thrown out at third on a bang bang play.
While Nebraska could not add in more in the inning, Waldron would come back out and set down the Hoosiers 1-2-3 for a shutdown inning. Waldron would record another pair of perfect innings to get the Huskers to the ninth.
In the ninth, Waldron would start by allowing an infield hit. Waldron would be pulled in favor of Chad Luensmann who would come in an induce a double play to clear the bases. Luensmann would get another groundball to secure the win.
With the win, Nebraska improves to 36-18 (15-8). Nebraska was eliminated from winning the Big Ten Title due to an Ohio State loss to Minnesota early tonight. Nebraska goes for a sweep tomorrow as they play in a nationally televised contest at 1:02. Jake Meyers gets another start for Nebraska while Evan Bell gets the start for Indiana