Arizona State scored in each of the first four innings as they cruised past Nebraska 15-6 in the series opener Friday night. Matt Waldron lasted only four innings, while the Husker offense could not get going until late.
The Sun Devils took an early lead with a solo home run off the bat of Trevor Hauver. After the solo home run, Waldron was able to get the next three batters in order.
After going scoreless in the bottom of the first, Nebraska allowed a pair of runs in the second. A two out, two run single allowed the ASU lead to grow to 3-0.
Luke Roskam hit a solo home run to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second for the Huskers.
Hunter Bishop got his team leading 22nd home run to respond for the Sun Devils in the third. Bishop took a pitch the other way and muscled it out to left center to extend the lead to 5-1.
Nebraska cut the lead to 5-2 after a Mojo Hagge triple scored Jaxon Hallmark who reached on a fielder’s choice. The Huskers had Hagge on third with one out, but Cam Chick and Aaron Palensky were unable to get Hagge in.
After scoring one in the fourth, Arizona State was held scoreless in the fifth and sixth. Max Schreiber pitched a pair of scoreless innings for the Huskers.
Arizona State scored six times in the seventh to put the game out of reach. A three run home run from Spencer Torkelson was the highlight of the rally.
Another three run home run from Gage Workman extend the lead to 15-2 in the eighth.
The Huskers did mount a rally in the eighth inning. Nebraska got a walk from pinch hitter Carter Cross to start the eighth. A single from Chick brought up Palensky who got the Huskers first hit with runners in scoring position with a three run home run.
Nebraska added a single tally in the ninth. Pinch hitter Mike Addante walked and reached second on a wild pitch. Chick would single through the left side to cut it to 15-6. After another Palensky base hit, Roskam flew out to left to end the game.
Nebraska will try and regroup and move on from tonight’s contest. Nebraska and Arizona State return to Hawks Field for a 2:05 contest tomorrow afternoon.