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Nebraska Baseball Loses 18-8, Will Play for Tournament Life Tonight

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Huskers and Wolverines set for deciding game.

Jon Johnston

Reece Eddins had a day to forget and Nebraska dropped the first or two possible chances to move on to the Big Ten Tournament Final on Saturday. Michigan scored eight runs against Eddins in the first two innings to effectively quiet the crowd.

The Wolverines had their first four batters reach to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Eddins got a pair of groundouts before four more hits by the Wolverines made the lead 7-0. A infield fly finally made the inning come to an end after 11 Michigan hitters came to the plate.

Michigan extend the lead with single tallies in both the second and third.

The Huskers got to Michigan starter Walker Cleveland in the fourth inning for a pair of runs. Angelo Altavilla reached on a swinging bunt to lead off. After Alex Henwood was hit by a pitch, Gunner Hellstrom dropped a single to left to load the bases. A pair of fielder’s choice ground outs from Joe Acker and Colby Gomes scored a pair of runs.

Ethan Frazier held the Wolverines scoreless in the fifth to bring the Huskers back up to the plate.

Aaron Palensky and Spencer Schwellenbach hit back to back home runs to trim the lead to five in the fifth. Schwellenbach’s homer cleared the 375 mark in left center field. After Altavilla doubled off of Cleveland, Michigan went to the bullpen. Jack Weisenburger came in and prevented Altavilla from scoring to keep the Wolverine lead at 9-4.

Ethan Frazier was pulled after four good innings of work. The Husker bullpen then proceed to implode. Max Schreiber came in and did not record an out. Next was Paul Tillotson and he also did not record an out. Tyler Martin was the fourth Husker pitcher of the inning and he got Jesse Franklin to fly out to Palensky in deep right field. Michigan scored six runs to bring the 10 run mercy rule into the conversation.

Down 15-4, Nebraska put up a fight to prevent being run ruled. Ty Roseberry and Jaxon Hallmark both walked with one out. A Cam Chick double scored Rosberry and put a pair in scoring position. A walk from Keegan Watson loaded the bases for Schwellenbach. Spencer worked a 3-0 count but struck out on a high fastball. With two outs, Altavilla hit a chopper past first baseman Jimmy Kerr to score two.

Michigan got another run in the seventh to bring the Wolverines to within one run of going up by 10. Martin would get out of the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth for the Huskers.

In the ninth, Michigan tacked on two more runs. Three two out singles combined with a pair of errors allowed two more Wolverine runs to score.

Altavilla scored another run for the Huskers in the ninth. He was hit by a pitch to lead off before moving around bases via a pair of grounders. Carter Cross prolonged the blowout with a two out RBI single to center. Jaxon Hallmark provided the final out for the Huskers.

The good news for the Huskers is they have a second chance to make it into the Big Ten Tournament finals. Nebraska and Michigan play a winner take all contest this afternoon one hour after the conclusion of Minnesota and Ohio State.