A three run sixth inning propelled the Nebraska baseball team to a 3-2 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Keegan Watson had a key two run home run, while Matt Waldron was steady on the mound for Nebraska.
Penn State took an early lead on the Huskers. The Nittany Lions managed to get out of a two on jam in the top half of the first, before scoring a pair of runs in the home half.
Matt Waldron would give up four singles. The Nittany Lions would manage to find holes in the defense as none of the balls were particularly well hit. Waldron would get his first strikeout of the day to strand a pair of runners.
Nebraska would put runners on in both the third and fifth innings. The Huskers worked Sal Biasi hard in the third inning. Spencer Schwellenbach worked a thirteen pitch walk in the third. After Aaron Palensky followed with another walk, the Huskers were unable to score either.
Jaxon Hallmark and Schwellenbach both walked in the fifth inning for the Huskers. Palensky and Gunner Hellstrom both were unable to drive in Hallmark at second to keep the score at 2-0 Penn State.
After Waldron worked around some trouble in the fifth, the Huskers struck for three runs in the sixth. Joe Acker drew the Huskers sixth walk of the day. Watson would work a 3-1 count, and would get a fastball that he drove to left for a game tying two run shot.
With the game tied, Penn State went to the bullpen. The Huskers brought in Mojo Hagge to pinch hit, and he reached on a single to center field. Angelo Altavilla moved Hagge to third with a single down the right field line. Colby Gomes would drive in Hagge with a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.
Waldron would get the Huskers through the seventh inning with the lead. Waldron would finish his day allowing two runs over seven innings. Matt only struck out a pair of hitters, but he was able to get the win with not his best stuff.
Robbie Palkert got the honors for the eighth. Palkert would allow a single to start the inning. He would get a fielder’s choice for the first out of the inning. Palkert would then get a 1-4-3 double play.
After the Huskers went down in order in the eighth, Nebraska brought on Gomes to close it out. Gomes would get the Nittany Lions 1-2-3 in the ninth for the save.
Nebraska now moves to 18-10 overall and 8-2 in the Big Ten. Nebraska has equaled their number of Big Ten wins from last season and looks to improve on that number tomorrow. The Huskers and Nittany Lions return to action tomorrow with a doubleheader that starts at 2:00 p.m.