Nebraska hopes of a Big Ten regular season title are dead as the Huskers fell to the Michigan Wolverines 10-8 early Saturday morning. Nebraska had a 5-3 lead, but the Husker bullpen was unable to hold the lead in the regular season finale.
Reece Eddins made the start for Nebraska and ran into problems early. Eddins would struggle with command early, giving up a pair of walks and two singles to put Michigan on the board 1-0. A great play from Spencer Schwellenbach on a fielder’s choice got the Huskers out of the inning.
Michigan got two more runs in the fourth inning. Two singles, a walk, and an error helped the Wolverines extend the lead to 3-0.
Nebraska got to Michigan starter Jeff Criswell in the bottom of the fourth. Mojo Hagge started the inning with a single before Cam Chick walked to bring the tying run to the plate. Angelo Altavilla continued the rally with a double to bring the Huskers to within 3-2.
The Husker rally continued in the fourth when Joe Acker had an infield single. Gunner Hellstrom tied the game when he took a 0-2 pitch the opposite way to score Altavilla from third. After Schwellenbach walked, Alex Henwood put the Huskers ahead with a sacrifice fly to left.
After Eddins posted a quick 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, Nebraska got a solo home run from Chick into the wind in right.
With Nebraska leading 5-3, the league leaders in offense finally got going. Jimmy Kerr hit a two run home run to end Eddin’s night and tie the game. Shay Schanaman came in from the bullpen and had a hard time throwing strikes. He allowed a single, walk, and then a three run blast from Jordan Nwogu that put Michigan up 8-5.
The Wolverines and Huskers would trade runs in the seventh. Michigan got a home run from Jack Blomgren while Nebraska got a solo shot from Colby Gomes.
Mike Waldron, making his final appearance at Haymarker Park gave up a run in the eighth. Michigan strung together three one out singles before a sacrifice fly scored the tenth Wolverine run.
Down 10-6, Nebraska mounted a rally in the eighth. Altavilla, Hellstrom, and Henwood all reached to load the bases. Gomes had a two run single to right center to cut the lead in half. After Jaxon Hallmark walked to load the bases, Chick lined out softly to Ako Thomas at second to strand the tying runs in scoring position.
After Chad Luensmann pitched a scoreless ninth, Nebraska needed to rally to tie the game. Aaron Palensky was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After Altavilla struck out, Acker grounded into a double play to end the game.
Nebraska finishes the regular season at 28-20 and 15-9 in the Big Ten. The Huskers now await the outcomes of today’s Big Ten regular season finale to see where they are seeded for the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska can be seeded anywhere from third to fifth depending on the outcome of today’s games.