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Nebraska Baseball Wins Series, Defeats Maryland 8-4 Sunday afternoon

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Jake Schleppenbach homers in win!

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After suffering a 8-5 loss yesterday, Nebraska bounced back and took their second Big Ten series of the year, defeating the Maryland Terrapins 8-4 on Sunday afternoon. Jake Meyers pitched six innings for the Huskers, while Ben Miller had four hits to lead the offense.

After Meyers set the Terrapins down in order, Nebraska started the scoring in the bottom half of the inning. Meyers reached on an error by shortstop Patrick Hisle and moved to second when Scott Schreiber walked. Miller would have his first hit of the day to left to plate Meyers.

With a 1-0 lead, Meyers set down the Terrapins in order in the second and third to put get through the lineup in order the first time. In the fourth, Maryland would tie the score when Zach Jancarski doubled to leadoff the inning, and scored on a Mart Costes single.

The Huskers came right back in the bottom half of the inning with three consecutive singles from Miller, Luis Alvarado, and Mike Waldron loading the bases for Jesse Wilkening with just one out. Wilkening would line a ball to left field straight to Will Watson, scoring Miller on a sacrifice fly.

Meyers would go back to work in the fifth inning, getting three straight grounders right to Waldron at third to retire the side.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, fireworks would erupt on the field. Mojo Hagge started the inning with a double, and Meyers would follow with a walk. With Schreiber at bat, home plate umpire Mike Schultz had enough of Maryland skipper John Szefc and ejected him. Schreiber would end up striking out, but Miller came through with a two run double to put the lead at 4-1.

After seeing their skipper ejected, Maryland would answer back in the sixth. Jancarski lead off the inning with a double down the left field line and Costes hit a moonshot past the bathrooms in left field to bring the Terrapins to within a run at 4-3.

Nebraska once again had an answer in their half of the sixth. With one out, Wilkening was hit by a pitch from Maryland reliever Jared Price. Tayler Stiles would reliever Price and Jake Schleppenbach greeted him with a two run shot to right field.

Meyers gave up a two out single in the seventh, but managed to keep Maryland off the scoreboard, bringing up the Husker offense looking for insurance.

Nebraska scored two runs for the third consecutive inning. Miller led off with his fourth consecutive hit, Alvarado was plunked, and Waldron singled to load the bases with no one out. A Wilkening single and a wild pitch platted two more runs to push the lead to 8-3.

With a five run lead, Darin Erstad would let Meyers take the hill in the eighth. After allowing a walk and an infield single sandwiched around a fly out Meyers day was done. Chad Luensmann would come in and get a flyball and a strikeout to end the threat.

After a quick bottom half of the eighth, Luensmann would come back out and surrendered a double and a single in the ninth inning to plate a run for the Terrapins. Luensmann would get a liner to Waldron at third who would double off the runner at first to end the game.

Nebraska moves to 19-11-1 (4-1-1 Big Ten) while Maryland falls to 20-10 (6-3 Big Ten). Meyers picks up the win for the Huskers while Tyler Blohm takes the loss for Maryland. Nebraska heads back on the road for a midweek contest on Tuesday at Kansas State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 with the Huskers yet to announce a starter.