Jaxon Hallmark hit his second three run home run in six days as the Nebraska baseball team shutout the Michigan Wolverines 7-0 on Friday afternoon. The Huskers and Wolverines are set to finish the three game series with another game tonight at 8:02.
The Huskers got on the board first in the third inning. Cam Chick and Aaron Palensky led off the inning with a pair of singles. After a wild pitch moved Palensky down to second, Joe Acker grounded out to score Chick from third.
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Nate Fisher would keep the score 1-0 Huskers through the middle innings. Fisher allowed a pair of hits and walked five batters in six innings of work. He also struck out seven Wolverines while not giving up a hit with a runner in scoring position.
Fisher’s only stressful inning came in the fifth when Michigan loaded the bases. Fisher walked a pair while also suffering from the Huskers first error of the series. A fly out off the bat of Miles Lewis kept the Wolverines off the scoreboard.
The sixth inning proved the difference in the game for the Huskers. Working against Tommy Henry, Gunner Hellstrom led off the inning with a single. Spencer Schwellenbach picked up his third hit of the day to put a pair of runners on. Alex Henwood laid down a perfect bunt that Henry picked up and threw away from the first baseman to score pinch runner Keegan Watson.
After Colby Gomes was unable to bring Schwellenbach around from third with less than two outs, Hallmark delivered. He took a 1-1 fastball from Henry and muscled it out to left for a three run blast.
Michigan would make a pitching change, bringing in Isaiah Page from the bullpen. Palensky would greet him with a home run on a 3-0 fastball to extend the lead to 6-0.
Robbie Palkert came in and relieved Fisher. Palkert would throw two great innings of relief. He struck out three while not allowing a hit.
Nebraska picked up another run in the eighth inning thanks to Henwood. He singled to start the inning. A sacrifice from Gomes and a pair of wild pitches from Paige allowed the seventh Husker run to score.
Max Schreiber got the ninth inning. He allowed a one out walk, but got a fielder’s choice and a pop-up to retire the Wolverines.