Nebraska took advantage of five Indiana error's and Jake Meyers turned in his standard seven innings of scoreless baseball in a 3-0 victory on Saturday afternoon in front of 5,558 fans. Nebraska advances to the Big Ten Tournament where they will face the Michigan State Spartans in a 1:00 P.M. contest on Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Taylor Fish, in his last game at Haymarket Park walked, and then Steven Reveles doubled into the gap to put runners at second and third with no one out. Back to back RBI groundouts by Luis Alvarado and Jake Schleppenbach scored Fish and Reveles.
Luis Alvarado hits for an RBI to get @Husker_Baseball on the board against Indiana in second inning. https://t.co/PmZtfL0NpN— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) May 21, 2016
Jake Meyers battled through seven scoreless innings, and received plenty of help from his defense in the field. Meyers got Scotty Bradley to ground double plays in the second and the seventh. Schelppenbach would make a pair of highlight plays to keep the Hoosiers off the board as well.
Jake Schleppenbach makes a nice catch to end the top half of the third inning for @Husker_Baseball against Indiana. https://t.co/lYuoZPQgsa— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) May 21, 2016
What a diving stop by @Husker_Baseball's Jake Schleppenbach! https://t.co/wsXP2NbPQJ— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) May 21, 2016
Nebraska tacked on a run in the fifth thanks to a base hit and three Indiana error's. Schleppenbach singled and advanced to second on a errant pickoff throw. Jake Placzek hit a chopping groundball to third, which was thrown away by Isaiah Pasteur that allowed Schleppenbach to score.
Reece Eddins came in to relieve Meyers in the eighth and allowed a pair of hits to put runners on the corners for the Hoosiers. With the tying run at the plate in the form of Laren Eustace, Eddins would buckle down and get a grounder to Schleppenbach who flipped to Reveles and on to Ben Miller for the twin killing.
Chad Luesnmann came in for the save opportunity in the ninth inning. Luesnsmann, recording his fourth appearance in the last five days got Indiana in order to secure the Huskers 37th win of the season. The Huskers 37 wins, are the most since they recorded 37 wins two years ago.
With the win, the Huskers will head to Omaha full of momentum. Nebraska will feel comfortable with facing a Michigan State team they beat 2 of 3 times earlier this season. The Hoosiers meanwhile, will need to find some offense, as scoring .33 runs per game is not going to win any games.