Lincoln, NE- After a valiant comeback effort fell short Tuesday night, Nebraska got a series opening non-conference win against the Nevada Wolfpack Thursday night winning by a final score of 9-5. Mike Waldron got the win for the Huskers, their first home win against a non-conference opponent since defeating Northwestern State on March 18th.
The visitors got on the board in the first. Facing starter Reece Eddins, Nevada got a single from Josh Zamora to start the game A fly ball hit into a gusty wind landed in center field for a two out double from Mike Echavia. Echavia would score on a base hit from Dillan Shrum.
After Nebraska got nothing against Wolfpack starter Dalton Gomez in the first two innings, Nevada added to the lead. Zamora reached via a single and was bunted to second base. Grant Fennell singled to right and Zamora slide just ahead of the tag of Gunner Hellstrom to stretch the lead to 3-0.
After Gomez was throwing a no hitter through the first time through the lineup, Nebraska found success in the second time. In the fourth inning, Jesse Wilkening led off the inning with a hustle double into the gap in left center. Hellstrom singled to put two runners on for Luke Roskam. A double play would score Wilkening but looked to end the Husker rally.
With no one on and two outs in the fourth, Nebraska got a gift when Zac Repinski reached via a fielding error. Jaxon Hallmark hit a ball off of Gomez for an infield single to bring up Carter Cross with a pair on. Cross delivered with a RBI knock into right field. A wild pitch would score Hallmark who went to third on the Cross knock. After a Brison Cronenbold walk, Mojo Hagge struck out to strand two and keep the game tied.
Waldron settled into the game after giving up the run in the third. He kept the Wolfpack scoreless into the seventh before they regained the lead. Zamora hammered a hanging breaking ball into the left field concourse to give the Wolfpack a 4-3 lead. Waldron buckled down and got the next batter to fly out to end the inning.
With Gomez gone, Nebraska rallied off of Wolfpack reliever Grant Ford. Hagge walked to start the inning. Scott Schreiber and Wilkening followed with base hits to tie the game. After a Hellstrom strike out, Roskam walked to load the bases in a 4-4 game. Repinski walked to put the Huskers ahead. Hallmark singled when the ball hit off of the glove of the shortstop. After Ben Klenke struck out as a pinch hitter, Angelo Altavilla walked to drive in another run and keep the bases loaded. Hagge then came back up to the plate and drove in two with a bases loaded double, with Altavilla being cut down at the plate to end the inning.
Paul Tillotson came on in relief of Waldron in the eighth. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning before returning in the ninth. Tillotson gave up a pair of hits and another reached on an error to bring it within 9-5. Jake Hohensee came on and got Zamora to fly into a double play to end the game.
Nebraska breaks a two game losing streak, and picks up a series opening win against the Mountain West Conference leading Wolfpack. Nebraska and Nevada continue their series with game two tomorrow night. Nebraska is now 18-22 (4-9 Big Ten).