Nebraska put up 15 runs, and the bullpen was solid in an opening round 15-9 victory over Purdue in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament in Bloomington Indiana. Nebraska now receives an off day before playing the winner of the Maryland and Iowa contest scheduled for 12:30 tomorrow afternoon.
The Huskers put a four spot up in the bottom half of the first after Jake Hohensee set down Purdue in order in the bottom. The first six Huskers would reach base, with Jake Meyers doubling to the gap in left, Angelo Altavilla following with a double to left center, Scott Schreiber reached on an error to plate the first Husker run. A walk to Ben Miller, a Luis Alvarado single, and a walk to Luke Roskam would chase Tannner Andrews and start the train of Purdue bullpen arms.
Purdue would turn to Tanner Schumacher who came in and got Jesse Wilkening to ground into a double play for the first two outs of the inning. Jake Schleppenbach would lineout to end the inning.
Hohensee would run into trouble in the second when Purdue managed to regain the lead. Nick Dalesandro singled, Skyler Hunter singled, and Mike Madej doubled to get the Boilermakers on the scoreboard. A double from Alec Olund, double from Milo Beam, and a single from Jacson McGowan put Purdue in the lead 5-4.
Even after being retired in order in the second, the Huskers would not panic. In the third, the Huskers would retake the lead. Schreiber reached on a fielding error by shortstop Harry Shipley. A Miller RBI double tied the game, before Wilkening singled to give the Huskers the lead.
With Hohensee putting up zero’s in the top of the fourth, the Huskers got more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mojo Hagge singled, Meyers was hit by a pitch, and Schreiber walked to load the bases. A Miller walk and a Alvarado sacrifice fly plated another pair of runs.
With a 8-4 lead, Purdue got another run in the fifth when McGowan hit a home run to pull within three.
Nebraska plated three more runs in the fifth. Schleppenbach and Meyers walked to start the rally. A pair of wild pitches would score a run. Schreiber and Miller would double to plate a pair and stretch the lead to 11-6.
Robbie Palkert would relieve Hohensee and gave up a run in the seventh. Evan Warden would double and score when a pair of groundballs from Shipley and McGowan scored Warden to cut the lead to 11-7.
Purdue closed to within three when they scored again in the eighth. A single from Hunter, a fielder’s choice from Madej, brought up Olund who put a charge into a ball which was caught by Hagge to rob a home run.
While Hagge saved the Huskers, a double from Logan Poisall scored Madej to trim the lead to 11-8.
After robbing a home run in the top of the eighth, Hagge would hit his first career home run after Schleppenbach had doubled.
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Pretty decent inning for Mojo.https://t.co/pEzcoyePvo
Schreiber would not be outdone with a home run of his own after Altavilla reached on a single.
Warden would hit a home run in the ninth to lead off into the bullpen in left. Palkert would then retire the next three hitters to get a save and put the Huskers in the winners bracket.
Nebraska moves to 35-18-1 (16-7-1 Big Ten) while Purdue falls to 29-26 (12-12 Big Ten). Nebraska moves to the winners bracket against the winner of Iowa and Maryland which will be played tomorrow at 12:30. That contest will take place on Friday at a time TBD.