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Nebraska Baseball Routs Omaha 13-2

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Jake Schleppenbach hits grand slam in victory

After winning two of three on the road at Minnesota, Nebraska returned home and thrashed the Omaha Mavericks Tuesday by a final score of 13-2. Nebraska hit three home runs as a team, while Alex Henwood and Ben Klenke both recorded their first hits as Huskers.

Nebraska took an early lead when Jake Meyers reached on a walk and reached home via a stolen base, a passed ball, and a grounder to shortstop.

Husker pitcher Ethan Frazier was effective early, limiting the Mavericks to four hits and a walk in a career high four innings pitched.

The Huskers received some breathing room in the fourth when Luke Roskam homered on to right center field. Before the home run, Ben Miller had walked and Scott Schreiber was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Roskam.

Jake McSteen would relieve Ethan Frazier in the fifth. McSteen would work a quick 1-2-3 inning to bring the Husker bats back up.

The Huskers blew the game open in the fifth with seven runs on just four hits. Meyers walked and scored on a Miller single. Schreiber would then homer for his fourth of the season to push the lead to 7-0.

After Schreiber’s blast, Maverick pitching would walk Roskam and Luis Alvarado. Ben Klenke then recorded his first hit as a Husker, sending a ball into right field for a single. With the bases loaded, Jesse Wilkening struck out before Jake Schleppenbach launched a pitch clearing the bullpen in right for a grand slam.

The Mavericks got a run back in the sixth when Ryan Cate doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a Grant Suponchick seeing eye single.

Nebraska answered the Mavericks run in the sixth when Angelo Altavilla doubled and later scored on a Roskam base hit.

Nebraska added a final tally in the seventh when Joe Acker reached on an error and scored on Alex Henwood’s first hit as a Husker.

The Mavericks did manage to tack on another tally in the ninth. A double, a walk, a fielders choice, and a base hit would bring the Mavericks to within 11. Mitch Steinhoff would recover and get a flyball to put a W in the win column.

With the win, that makes the Huskers winners of three of their past four contests and moves them to 24-15-1 (7-4-1). Nebraska now heads back on the road to Ohio State for a three game series, with first pitch on Friday being scheduled for 6:30.