The Nebraska baseball team (26-19, 13-8 Big Ten) secured a series victory over the 20th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils with a 8-5 win. Reece Eddins was shaky early before settling in, while Shay Schanaman picked up his third save of the year.
The Sun Devils came out aggressive early against Eddins. After a first pitch out, ASU got back to back hits from Spencer Torkleson and Hunter Bishop. Bishop was thrown out stealing by Luke Roskam for the second out. After a walk to Alika Williams extended the inning, Roskam threw out Williams to end the first.
Cam Chick put the Huskers on the board first. He took a Sam Romero breaking ball and hammered it over the ASU bullpen in right for a solo home run.
Eddins continued to be attacked early in the second. He gave up a home run to Lyle Lin to tie the game. Three walks, a hit batter, and a single would extend the Sun Devil lead to 3-1. Williams was unable to bring home any more runs as his fielder’s choice ended the inning.
Romero ran into difficulty in the second. He walked Angelo Altavilla on four straight balls. Alex Henwood worked a 1-0 count before he hit a two run shot into the ASU bullpen to tie the game. After a pitching change, Mojo Hagge and Chick would walk to bring up Aaron Palensky with two on. A strikeout by Palensksy ended the frame.
Nebraska would then settle into the game. Eddins pitched three scoreless innings, facing the minimum thanks to a double play in the fifth inning.
The Huskers had a big inning in the fifth. Spencer Schwellenbach led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Henwood would double with one out to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Brady Corrigan would uncork a wild pitch to score Schwellenbach to give the Huskers a 4-3 lead. After walking Colby Gomes, Corrigan gave up a three run bomb to Jaxon Hallmark.
The Huskers were able to get Eddins through six innings while only giving up three runs. Another double play helped the Huskers work around a pair of hits by the Sun Devils in the sixth.
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The lead was cut to 7-5 with a pair of home runs off of Mike Waldron. Waldron gave up a solo shot to Trevor Hauver in the seventh Lin in the eighth. Schanaman entered from the bullpen to get the last out on a Cole Andrete strikeout.
Nebraska did get an insurance run in the eighth. Palensky singled and stole second to put a man in scoring position. Altavilla would come up with a big two out RBI double to the gap in right center to put the Husker lead at 8-5.
Schanaman worked the ninth inning efficiently. Cole Austin got a one out single, but neither Hauver or Torkelson were able to bring him around. Torkelson flew out to end the game and secure a huge series win for Nebraska.
Nebraska now moves up to 38th in the RPI rankings. The Huskers also pick up another series over a ranked team. Nebraska now owns wins over Arizona State, Baylor, and Texas Tech.
The Huskers now wait until Thursday to return to the diamond. The Huskers who currently sit in fifth place in the Big Ten standings host the Michigan Wolverines in a highly anticipated Big Ten showdown. First pitch on Thursday night is scheduled for 7:30 with television coverage provided by BTN.