The Nebraska baseball team (22-13, 11-4 Big Ten) bounced back on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-15, 9-6 Big Ten) by a final score of 3-2. Nebraska got a great effort from Reece Eddins, while the offense was able to take advantage of Iowa errors in the win.
The game started out as a pitching dual early. Nebraska was set down in order in each of the first three innings against Iowa starter Grant Judkins. Iowa was able to put runners on base against Eddins, but the Hawkeye offense could not sustain a rally.
Spencer Schwellenbach got the Huskers first hit of the day in the fourth. Schwellenbach turned on a 2-2 fastball and launched it over the wall in left for a no doubt solo home run.
The Huskers would keep a 1-0 lead until they added on in the seventh. Aaron Palensky would reach when Iowa let an infield pop up drop. Joe Acker continued the rally with a one out single to left field. Luke Roskam would hit a grounder to Mitchell Boe at second who threw the ball away for an error. Both Palensky and Acker would score.
Iowa would trim the lead in the seventh. Eddins would allow his only run on a solo home run. He finished with seven innings pitched, giving up four hits and a walk.
After a quiet top of the eighth, Iowa pulled to a run in the bottom of the inning. Shay Schanaman got the call out of the pen. He allowed a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice to put a pair of runners on. He would give up a RBI single and the Huskers would turn to Robbie Palkert to get them out of the jam. Palkert came in and got the final two outs to preserve the Husker lead.
Nebraska again went quietly in the ninth. Colby Gomes came in for the save opportunity. He got a strikeout to start the inning. Acker made a diving catch in left center to take away extra bases from Connor McCaffery for the second out. A ground out clinched the win for the Huskers and for Gomes eighth save of the year.
WHAT A CATCH, JOE ACKER‼— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) April 21, 2019
He finds out number two in the bottom of the 9th. pic.twitter.com/hoy4RbJuC4
Nebraska still lost the weekend series to the Hawkeyes. The Huskers were walked off in the opener before being blown out yesterday. The best news for the Huskers are that they are still in first place in the Big Ten. The Huskers also did not fall far in the RPI rankings after playing four road games in the past week.
Nebraska now faces a huge week of opportunity as the Huskers travel to Creighton Tuesday night for a key midweek matchup. After facing the Jays in Omaha, Nebraska welcomes the top RPI team in the Big Ten, Illinois for a three game set next weekend in Lincoln.