The Nebraska Baseball team picked up another midweek victory, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 6-1 Tuesday night in Manhattan. Ben Miller had a big game for the Huskers, pitching three innings and lacing a pair of doubles.
Miller and the Huskers fell behind early when the Wildcats picked up their only run of the night in the first. After allowing a Cameron Thompson two out walk, Jake Scudder would double plating Thompson.
After stranding a double from Miller in the second, the Huskers would not threaten until the fourth inning. Jake Meyers would reach on an infield single, advance to second on a Miller groundout and score when Luis Alvarado singled back up the middle with two outs. After Luke Roskam reached on an error, Mike Waldron would strike out to end the threat.
Nebraska turned to the bullpen after getting three innings from Miller. Jake McSteen would come in work three scoreless innings of his own.
After McSteen set down the Wildcats in order in the fourth, Nebraska took the lead in the fifth. Jesse Wilkening and Jake Schleppenbach led off the fifth with back to back hits. Mojo Hagge sacrificed both runners and Angelo Altavilla plated Wilkening from third with a sacrifice fly.
The Huskers would tack on four huge insurance runs in the seventh inning. Nebraska loaded the bases after walks to Waldron and Schleppenbach were sandwiched around a Wilkening single. Hagge singled back up the middle to score AJ Johnson pinch running for Waldron and Wilkening. After both Altavilla and Meyers failed to plate runners from second and third, Miller hit a ground rule double to center to extend the lead to 6-1.
With a five run lead, Robbie Palkert would come in and work a clean seventh. Nate Fischer relieved Palkert in the eighth and worked another scoreless inning for the Husker staff. Alvarado came in and pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.
With the win, Nebraska moves to 20-11 (4-1-1 Big Ten) while Kansas State now falls to 16-16 (1-8 Big 12). Nebraska is back in action this weekend in Lincoln when they welcome the Iowa Hawkeyes to Haymarket Park. Iowa and Nebraska start their three game series with Friday’s contest set for 6:35.