The Nebraska Baseball team defeated the Indiana Hoosiers Friday night, taking the series opener 7-3. Nebraska got home runs from Luis Alvarado and Ben Miller to propel the offense, while Jake Hohensee went 7.1 innings, giving up three runs.
After Hohensee put down the first six Hoosiers in order, Indiana woulds strike first in the bottom of the third. After a leadoff double from Ryan Finneman, Hohensee would get the next two batters, including an outstanding defensive play from Mike Waldron. Unfortunately, a two out double from Alex Krupa would plate a run for the Hoosiers.
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Great hustle and effort from Waldron!https://t.co/F7BbBSmqlZ
Nebraska would respond in the top of the fourth, when Ben Miller battled Indiana starting pitcher Jonathan Stiever for seven pitches, before planting a fastball into right field for his second home run of the season.
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Hohensee looking for a shutdown inning, would get the first batter, but would allow a single and double to put two runners in scoring position for the Hoosiers. A fastball from Hohensee was crushed into left where Alvarado made the catch, but still good enough for a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the sixth, Angelo Altavilla would provide a sparkplug for the Husker offense. Altavilla doubled into the gap to start the inning and then Jake Meyers pushed Altavilla to third with an infield single. Scott Schreiber would drive in Altavilla with a sac fly to tie the game.
The Huskers gained their first lead of the night in the seventh. Alvarado singled to center, went to steal second and advanced to third on an error when no one covered the bag. After Mike Waldron struck out, Jesse Wilkening singled through a drawn in infield to score Alvarado.
Indiana again would answer in their half of the seventh inning. A single from Colby Stratten, followed by a wild pitch would put Stratten on second with two outs. A base hit from Matt Gorski scored Stratten, with Gorski being thrown out at second on the play.
Nebraska broke open the game in the top of the eighth inning scoring four runs on three hits and a walk. Altavilla would work a walk off of Indiana reliever B.J. Sabol to start the inning. After being replaced by Meyers on a fielders choice, Schreiber would double to put runners at second and third and only one out. A single from Miller would give the Huskers the lead, and then Alvarado would crank a three run home run to right center to push the lead to 7-3
After getting the first out in the eighth, Hohensee would depart after giving up a double to Luke Miller. Nate Fischer would come in out of the bullpen and get reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Matt Lloyd the fly out and Logan Sowers to strikeout.
After not scoring in the top half of the ninth, Fischer would give up a leadoff single to Fineman before getting a flyout, strikeout before Krupa would get another single. Fischer would be pulled in favor of Chad Luensmann. Luensmann would get Gorski to groundout to Miller clinch the victory.
After winning the opener of Big Ten play, Nebraska now moves to 14-10 (1-0) on the year, and has a season high four game win streak. Nebraska and Indiana continue their three game series, with game two scheduled for 1:05.