It would have been easy after Arkansas trucked Nebraska last night to mail in the final day of the Frisco Classic in Texas. After all, you’re not scoring runs, you just got bombed by a former Nebraska coach and legend, and you’re facing a team that was the runner-up of last year’s College World Series.
However, the Huskers were having none of that, defeating the Wildcats 1-0 to end their stay in Frisco. Nebraska’s starter Jake Meyers and reliever Chad Luensmann combined on the 8-hit shutout of the Cats, and the first run of the game was the only one needed for the Huskers.
The scoring started and ended as the Huskers struck first, getting some offense with a Mojo Hagge leadoff single in the 1st inning. He went to 3rd on a bad toss to first by Arizona’s Rio Gomez, then scored on a Luis Alvarado soft single down the RF line. However, no more damage was done by Jake Meyers, Ben Miller or Scott Schreiber. Nebraska took a 1-0 lead after an inning of play, which the game finished at.
Credit goes to Meyers (Win, 5 innings, 6 hits, 4 strikeouts) and Luensmann (Save, 4 innings, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts & 1 walk) in keeping one of the most potent offenses in College Baseball at bay. Arizona came into the game with their first 6 guys in the lineup hitting over .300.
The hard luck losing pitcher went to Arizona’s Rio Gomez, who went 7 innings and gave up the 1 earned run with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.
After the game, you could tell that Darin Erstad was trying to revitalize a struggling offense, and was worried about the game during batting practice.
There’s no real reason to feel overly optimistic about this offense right now. However, if the pitching from 2 of the past 3 nights keeps Nebraska in games, they can turn things around soon.
The Huskers will fly back to Lincoln tonight and make their Hawks Field at Haymarket Park debut on Tuesday vs. Northern Colorado. The 1:35 p.m. opener marks the first of an 8-game home stand for the Huskers.