The Nebraska Baseball team split their first two games of the 2017 season, chopping a Doubleheader with California-Riverside in Tempe, Arizona.
The Huskers, who are on their annual opening road trip, dropped the first game 4-3 to the Highlanders, while winning the nightcap 5-4.
Husker bats were silent to start the season, as the Huskers only got 4 hits & allowed all the Highlander runs of the game to be unearned based on a Ben Miller throwing error in the third inning. The Huskers did get back in the game with 3 runs in the 5th inning, but couldn’t get the tying run across the plate.
Matt Waldron took the loss in the game despite seven good innings, giving up six hits and the four unearned runs. Luis Alvarado got two of the Huskers four hits, while Scott Schreiber and Jake Meyers were the only other Huskers to get hits in the contest.
Catcher Brady Childs, starting the second half of the DH, was the player of the game in the Huskers 5-4 nightcap victory. He led the offensive cause in the game, going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Freshman Mojo Hagge (NEW FAVORITE NAME ALERT) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Nebraska trailed 2-0 heading to the top of the 5th when they took the lead in the game, all with two outs in the inning. Childs got on base with a two-out single to center, and went to second on a Hagge walk. Superstar Jake Meyers then stepped up and laced a double in the right center gap, scoring both Childs and Hagge. Shreiber cleaned up Meyers with a single to left, making the score 3-2 Nebraska.
The Huskers tacked on two more runs in the 8th inning. Luis Alvarado singled, and got to third on a steal and a wild pitch. Alex Raburn drove him home with a RBI groundout. Jake Schleppenbac walked, and Childs stepped up with what proved to be the game winning RBI, driving home Jake with a double down the left field line.
Freshman Paul Tillotson made the start, only going 3.1 innings. Sophomore Jake McSteen got the win in relief, and Chad Luensmann got the three-inning save, even though Cal-Riverside threatened in the 8th and 9th innings.
Game three of the series will be held at 1:00 pm tomorrow. Ben Miller will get the start for Nebraska.