East Lansing, MI- It started out as a disaster, and it was a disaster. Facing a 7-19 Michigan State team who had one conference win, Nebraska was steamrolled. Luis Alvardao had a rough first inning, and the bullpen was a dumpster fire.
Senior starter Alvarado allowed five runs in the first inning. None of the five runs were earned, as two errors contributed to a big inning for the Spartans.
After a walk to Justin Antoncic started the Spartans first, two errors allowed the Spartans to load the bases. Luis got a big strikeout for the first out before Ryan King singled to score two runs. Chad Roskelly laid down a bunt to load the bases again. Marty Bechina was hit by a pitch to stretch the lead to 3-0. Nine hole hitter Bryce Kelley got a solid single to center to plate two more for the Spartans.
Nebraska scored the next four runs, with one in the third and three in the fifth. Nolan Hakel, getting his first career start walked to start the third. A fielder’s choice put Mojo Hagge on first. He scored when Jesse Wilkening singled into the gap in right center with two outs. Luke Roskam stranded Wilkening with a strikeout.
Hagge, Scott Schreiber, and Wilkening all singled to plate a run to start the fifth. It looked like the Spartans would get out of trouble with Roskam and Zac Repinski being retired. Jaxon Hallmark walked to load the bases before Ben Klenke got a big two run single to bring the Huskers to within 5-4. Klenke stole second on a delayed steal before Mike Addante popped up to end the frame.
Alvarado would be done after four innings, as Darin Erstad made the call to the bullpen for Mike Waldron. Waldron quickly retired the first two hitters before three straight hits got a run back for the Spartans.
Waldron got through the sixth before the seventh became his undoing. Michigan State scored a lot. Michigan State scored nine runs. I won’t even bother telling you how, they had six hits a couple of errors, and a lot of WTF baseball. Waldron, Byron Hood, and Ethan Frazier all pitched in the dumpster fire of an inning.
Well Michigan State scored two more in the eighth. Walk, single, wild pitch, sacrifice fly, error, same story.
In the ninth, Nebraska scored! Schreiber went opposite field for a home run. He destroyed the baseball. A single and a double got another pair of base runners for the Huskers, before the Spartans retired the next three batters.
Nebraska gave up 17 runs to a Michigan State team that previously had a season high in runs at 10. This is just bad. Michigan State is now 2-5 in Big Ten play, joining the Huskers at 2-5. Michigan State and Nebraska were supposed to play a doubleheader today, but with weather a concern, they have decided to cancel it.
Nebraska and Michigan State will play one game tomorrow, reducing the scheduled three game series to a two game series. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 with Nebraska having to make a flight back to Omaha, going to the Detroit airport.