After almost a week off, Nebraska continues their eight game homestand with a visit from the College of Charleston Cougars. The Huskers and Cougars met last season to start the year, with Nebraska taking the Friday season opener before dropping the final two contests of the series.
Nebraska will send the same three starters from last weekend out again. Jake Hohensee gets the start on Friday, with Derek Burkamper and reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Jake Meyers getting the start on Sunday.
The Cougars are struggling on the season as they have compiled a 8-9 record, falling below the .500 mark with a home loss to North Florida on Tuesday. The Cougars have had troubles on the mound this season, allowing opponents to bat .325 as a team.
Nebraska will miss the ace of the Cougar staff in Bailey Ober. Ober suffered a back strain, leaving the Cougars to turn to Evan Sisk and Tucker White to take the ball in the first two games with a TBA for the Sunday starter.
Sisk was roughed up in his last start by Kent State giving up seven runs. White suffered a bad outing against Cincinnati, running up his numbers on the season. Both Sisk and White have pitched less than 12 innings.
While the Cougars are thin on the mound, their bats have answered the bell this season. Luke Manzo is hitting .446 this season and is getting on base at a .527 clip. Logan McRae has hit five home runs on the season and is batting a cool .377. Erven Roper, Tommy Richter, and Bradley Dixon are all batting over .300 for the Cougars as well.
For the Huskers to get back over the .500 mark, Nebraska will need to avoid issuing the free pass. The Huskers have issued 53 walks on the season, and the Cougars have drawn 81 while only issuing 43. Burkamper and Hohensee need to attack hitters and get ahead early for the Huskers to be successful.