After an iffy start to the first two weekends of the season, your Nebraska Baseball crew will be heading to Texas to take part in the first ever Frisco Classic Presented By Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy Research At The STAR. We’ll just call it the Frisco Classic for short, y’all.
The Huskers (2-4) will be taking on two teams that made it to the College World Series last year in Oklahoma State & Arizona, plus SEC foe Arkansas with their famous Head Coach, Dave Van Horn. As of time of publish, all three of Nebraska’s opponents had not named starters yet.
The Frisco Classic, which is in it’s first year of play, will be held at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. If you’re in Dallas proper, it’s just north of the metropolis, and hosts the Frisco Roughriders, the Double A squad of MLB’s Texas Rangers.
The first game for the Huskers will be a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament Regional opener as they will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who sit at 4-4 on the season. Derek Burkhamper, who looks to improve off his 3 inning start last week vs. Utah. He gave up 3 earned runs and 6 hits, and got 3 strikeouts in his return to the mound for the first tie since May of last year. The Cowboys & Huskers will play in the second game of the day in the Classic, with a scheduled 7:30pm first pitch.
Saturday brings another 7:30pm start time, and the Huskers will be taking on the 7-1 Arkansas Razorbacks, who are ranked 24th by D1Baseball this week. The Hogs, coached by former Nebraska HC Dave Van Horn. Jake Hohensee, who missed all of 2016 with Tommy John surgery, will take the hill for the Huskers for the second time this year. Hohensee, who is 0-1 against Arkansas (2014), is looking for a better performance against the Hogs this time around. His career high in runs & earned runs allowed came in that start against Arkansas in Lincoln (4 runs).
Sunday brings an end of Nebraska’s time in Frisco when they have another rematch of a foe from the 2016 season in the national runner-up Arizona Wildcats. The Cats sport a 8-0 record and a #14 D1Baseball ranking as they enter play this weekend. Junior Jake Meyers looks to improve on his second start of the season as well, as he was roughed up by Oregon State on February 25th. The Cats & Huskers met last year at the Tony Gwynn Classic, with Arizona getting the 11-10 extra inning victory. First pitch is scheduled for Noon central time.
All games can be seen on ESPN3, and your best chance to watch said game is on WatchESPN. Saturday’s game will be covered by Cox Sports, as all of Arkansas’s games are broadcast on Cox, but there is a possibility of a blackout depending on your area.
A couple other notes to watch for this weekend with Nebraska.
- It’ll be interesting to see how Darin Erstad & Ted Silva use Chad Luensmann this weekend. Erstad has hinted that he’s wanting Chad to start eventually, and Luensmann has been getting into longer save situations this season. Last year’s B1G Freshman of the Year went 3 2/3’s against Utah on the 26th, getting the save.
- You’re going to learn the name soon, but Mojo Hagge is making his way into the lineup. The Freshman from Omaha Skutt went 3-5 in the win against Utah on the 26th, and has a 5 game hitting streak to start his career in Lincoln.
- Your best hitting Husker so far this year is Angelo Altavilla, who had a career day against Utah last Friday, the 24th. The Sophomore infielder went 4-4 that day, including 3 doubles and 4 RBI’s. That’s part of his team leading . 533 batting average.
- Look for Nebraska to try to get back to getting quick starts. So far this year, the Huskers have been outscored 18-3 in the first three innings of their 6 games so far. That’s helped a -13 run differential overall, and has made the Huskers fight back from behind early this season.
If you’re in the DFW or North Texas area and wish to go to the games, tickets are still available at FriscoClassic.com.
Nebraska’s home slate is set to start on Tuesday, when Northern Colorado, Western Carolina & College of Charleston make up a opening 8 game home stand at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.