After a 3-2 victory in the opener of the series on Thursday, Nebraska suffered a walk off defeat to Cal Poly falling 3-2. Nebraska pitched well, but unforced errors cost the Huskers as they again fall back to .500.
Derek Burkamper was solid, giving up two runs in five plus innings for the Huskers, while Jake Meyers had a solid day at the plate, scoring a run and driving one in.
Nebraska fell behind early when Alex McKenna walked and scored on an Elijah Skipps double in the first inning. Burkamper limited the damage with a groundout to end the inning.
The Huskers pulled even with a single tally in the second when Scott Schreiber reached second on a fielding error by the right fielder. After a throwing error, Schreiber would score on a sacrifice fly from Luis Alvarado.
Mojo Hagge would provide a spark in the third inning, giving the Huskers the lead. Hagge would double, advance to third on a basehit by Angelo Altavilla and score on a sacrifice fly from Meyers to give the Huskers their only lead of the day.
The Mustangs would come right back in the their half of the third when McKenna walked and worked his way around the bases via a pair of groundballs and an error.
The game would stay tied, but both sides had their chances. In the fourth, McKenna struck out with runners on second and third to end a threat as Burkamper began to gain better control as his day continued.
In the sixth, the Mustangs would threaten again when the first two batters reached against Burkamper. Nebraska went to the bullpen to get Reece Eddins who struck out Brett Binning with runners on second and third and one out. Eddins would sit down six straight out of the pen for Nebraska.
Nebraska had a golden chance in the eighth inning to get a lead when Meyers hit a slicing flyball down the right field line for a double with no one out. After Schreiber advanced Meyers to third with a base hit, Ben Miller would strikeout bringing up Alvarado with one out. Alvarado chased the first pitch he saw and grounded into the 6-4-3 twin killing.
Darin Erstad brought in Chad Luensmann for the eighth after a runner reached second with only one out. Luensmann would get a flyball and a grounder to end the inning.
After going quietly in the ninth, Luensmann allowed a groundball to Brison Cronenbold who could not handle it for a leadoff single. A sac bunt where catcher Jesse Wilkening slipped put two runners on for the Mustangs. After another strikeout of McKenna and a flyball catcher Nick Meyer would line a pitch into left to score Binning from second.
Nebraska falls back to the .500 mark with the loss. Nebraska and Cal Poly will meet tomorrow for a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 PM with the second game following 30 minutes after the first contest.