Cam Chick hit his second home run of the weekend to help the Nebraska baseball team defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 13-4 on Saturday afternoon. Nate Fisher only lasted three innings due to injury, while the bullpen was solid in six innings of relief.
After Fisher worked a scoreless first, Nebraska took the lead in the home half. Joe Acker led the game off with a walk. A base hit from Mojo Hagge advanced Acker to second before Luke Roskam hit a bloop single into center to score Acker.
Purdue managed to score three runs in the third inning to take the lead. Cam Chick was unable to field a bunt to start the inning. Fisher hit the next batter to bring up Skyler Hunter. Hunter hit a triple to the gap in left center.
The trainers would come out to look at Fisher who appeared to be struggling with his command slightly. Fisher would stay in the game and would put himself within one pitch of getting out of the inning with a pop up for the second out. Another error on the Huskers allowed Hunter to score from third.
Nebraska was unable to score in the third. Mike Waldron replaced Fisher in the fourth and set down the Boilermakers in order.
Angelo Altavilla led off the fourth inning with a walk to bring up Chick. Chick doubled to the wall in right field and advanced to third on an error. Chick would score on a wild pitch to tie the game at three.
After Waldron stranded Hunter at third in the top of the fifth, the Huskers batted around in the bottom half. Aaron Palensky was hit by a pitch, Hagge reached on an error, and Keegan Watson walked to load the bases. Roskam would hit a solid single that ended up clearly the bases after another error. Chick would launch his second home run of the weekend, this time a three run shot to right. Palensky would score Colby Gomes who had doubled to stretch the lead to 10-3.
Purdue got a run in the sixth when Waldron walked in a run. Robbie Palkert would come in and get the next two batters to keep the lead at 10-4.
Watson reached on another Purdue error to start the Huskers half of the sixth. A passed ball combined with another Altavilla single got the lead back to seven. Altavilla would steal a base and score on a wild pitch.
Palkert would go the rest of the way for the Huskers. He allowed just a single in the seventh before working a perfect eighth inning.
Ty Roseberry had a pinch hit home run for the Huskers in the eighth inning. Roseberry, a transfer from Kearney launched a moonshot over the berm in left field for the Huskers second home run of the game.
In the ninth, Purdue got a pair of runners on after an error and a hit batter. Palkert would buckle down and get a grounder right back to him to end the game. Palkert picked up his first save of the year, while dropping his ERA by 3.54 runs.
Nebraska will go for the sweep tomorrow against Purdue. Nebraska and Purdue are set for first pitch on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Reece Eddins will get the start for the Huskers.