Kyle Perry had his best start of the season to help the Nebraska baseball team shutout the Kansas State Wildcats 7-0 on Tuesday night. Jaxon Hallmark had an inside the park grand slam to help the Huskers offense.
Going against Wildcat starter Joey Martin, the Huskers jumped out to an early lead. Martin walked three of the first four batters he saw. Carter Cross, Gunner Hellstrom, and Keegan Watson all took a free base to load them up. Martin got Cam Chick to strikeout to bring him within one pitch of getting out of the inning.
Up came Hallmark who hit a sharp fly ball to the right fielder, who made a diving attempt at the ball. The ball rolled all the way to the wall to allow Hallmark to circle the bases.
With Perry on cruise control in the first three innings, the Huskers extended the lead to 7-0 in the fourth. Colby Gomes and Alex Henwood reached to start the inning for the Huskers. Aaron Palensky, Hellstrom, and Watson all had a RBI in the inning for the Huskers.
Perry would allow only one runner to reach second base in his seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked one over the course of 90 pitches.
Bo Blessie got his second appearance of the season for the eighth inning. Blessie was slightly wild, walking a pair. He did manage to post another zero for the Huskers.
Tyler Martin got the honors for the ninth inning. Martin, another freshman for the Huskers made his season debut. He got the first two batters, before walking his next batter. A single from Blake Burrows ended up the game when Mike Addante threw him out trying for second base.
The Huskers move to 4-0 in midweek games on the year. Nebraska rebounds from dropping a tough conference series against Minnesota, and finishes their five game road trip with a 3-2 record. Nebraska returns home to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in a three game series. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.