Nebraska opened play at the Frisco Classic in Texas with high hopes to get some wins. After their opening game on Friday night, they’re just hoping to score on Saturday.
The Huskers could only manage 2 hits on the night off of three Oklahoma State Cowboys pitchers, falling 1-0. It was the first meeting between the two teams since they met in the NCAA Tournament last season.
Cowboy pitchers Tyler Buffett, Cole Hearrean and Jonathan Heasley combined on the shutout. The Huskers only got hits from Ben Miller and Jesse Wilkening in the contest.
The only runs scored in the game in the bottom of the 3rd when Oklahoma State scored their first run of the game with 2 outs off of Nebraska starter Derek Burkamper. With 2 outs in the inning, Ryan Sluder got a double down the Left Field line, then went to 3rd on a wild pitch when Garrett Benge advanced to first on a walk. The next pitch, Burkamper uncorked a wild pitch to score Sluder and move Benge to 2nd. The inning ended with a Colin Simpson single to LF, but Luis Alvarado came up firing and got Benge at home when Jesse Wilkening secured the tag. The inning ended 1-0 Cowboys, which eventually was the final score.
Derek Burkamper and Matt Waldron both pitched 3 innings in the contest, giving up only one run and allowing 6 hits with 9 strikeouts. Reese Eddins & Robbie Palkert each had scoreless frames. Tyler Buffett got the win for the Cowboys, Jonathan Heasley picked up the save.
After the game, Head Coach Darin Erstad didn’t mince words when asked if the offense, which has had issues putting up runs, was pressing against better competition in the Cowboys:
I don’t think (the offensive issues) is snowballing, we’re just facing quality pitchers, it’s early, and we’re trying to get it going...... We’re facing some very good arms, we’ve seen velocity, we’ve seen many things, we aren’t being very aggressive and I plan on us being more aggressive tomorrow.
As Erstad says, no time for the Huskers to get upset as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in their second game of the Frisco Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 again at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.