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Nebraska 12, #21 Baylor 4

Nebraska opens series on strong note

Baseball Background Jon Johnston

The Nebraska baseball team (4-5) picked up their second win over a ranked foe on the season, defeating the #21 Baylor Bears 12-4 on Friday night. Angelo Altavilla had a pair of home runs, while Matt Waldron tossed seven solid innings for the Huskers.

Nebraska wasted no time heating up the bats Friday night when they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Altavilla hit his first home run of the game after Spencer Schwellenbach walked to start the game. Luke Roskam followed up with a two run blast of his own to double the lead before the Bears even came to bat.

The Bears cracked the scoreboard in the second inning. Waldron surrendered a pair of doubles to shorten the lead to 4-1. With one out in the second, Waldron got a pair of strikeouts to keep the Husker lead at three runs.

Hayden Kettler, the Baylor starting pitcher would be knocked out of the game in the fifth. With one out, Mojo Hagge walked and Aaron Palensky was hit by a pitch. Roskam singled and reached second on an error to bump the Huskers lead to 5-1. Joe Acker then doubled off the base of the wall in left to stretch the lead to 7-1.

Waldron allowed an unearned run in the home half of the fifth. A strikeout, wild pitch, and an error put a runner on second. A grounder and a sacrifice fly cut the lead to 7-2.

Nebraska got a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. With two outs, Hagge singled to start a rally. Palensky tripled to center, and then scored when Roskam got his fourth hit of the night.

Chad Luensmann came on for the eighth inning for Nebraska. He would allow only a two out single in his first inning of work.

The Huskers extended their lead to 12-2 when Altavilla curshed his second home run of the night in the ninth. Colby Gomes and Jaxon Hallmark had both walked and would score on the Altavilla homer.

Luensmann would give up a pair of runs in the ninth when he lost control. Down to their final out, Baylor got a walk and a hit batter. Three wild pitches would plate a pair of runs to trim the deficit. Luensmann would get Richard Cunningham to strikeout to wrap up the victory.

Nebraska picks up another impressive win on a Friday night. Waldron continues to throw well and the Husker offense continues to look solid. Nebraska and Baylor continue their series in Waco with first pitch scheduled for 3:05