In the opening game of the Big Ten-Pac-12 Challenge, the Oregon State Beavers defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 10-1. Nebraska starting pitcher Matt Waldron gave up 7 runs in just 3.1 innings, while the Husker offense could not get key hits with runners in scoring position.
Nebraska, the visiting team opened the game with a good threat when Ben Miller reached on an error and Luis Alvarado doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Nebraska was unable to drive them in though, as Jesse Wilkening took strike three to end the threat.
Waldron would come out in the bottom half of the inning and give up six hits. Alvarado looked to misplay a ball in left field allowing a double. Two misplays by right fielder Zac Repinski allowed a pair of runs to score and widen the margin. By the time the inning had ended, the Huskers were effectively out of the game.
Nebraska did manage to claw a run back in the second thanks to a pair of singles. Mike Waldron singled, advanced to second, and scored on a Jake Schleppenbach single.
Unfortunately for the Huskers, the Beavers would add two tallies in the second and fifth with single tallies in the fourth and sixth. Nebraska would manage to get a few more hits, but could never sustain a rally.
Bright spots for the Huskers were Ethan Frazier and Alvarado out of the bullpen. Alvarado, a third year player but first year pitcher was into the 90 mph range on his fastball, and had a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
With the loss, Nebraska drops to 1-2 on the year. The Huskers continue their weekend at the Big Ten-Pac-12 Challenge tomorrow night when Derek Burkamper gets the ball and takes on Jayson Rose and the Utah Utes. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM CST.