The Nebraska baseball team fell by a score of 4-2 against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. Nebraska had just three hits with runners on base, and was unable to capitalize on early opportunities.
The Huskers loaded the bases in the first inning. After Spencer Schwellenbach struck out, the next three batters would reach. Aaron Palensky and Joe Acker both singled before Ty Roseberry walked. With only one out, Keegan Watson struck out and Jaxon Hallmark flew out to the warning track in center field.
After starting pitch Matt Waldron set the Wildcats down in order in the first, the Huskers had another opportunity to take the lead. Colby Gomes would single and reach third with two outs. Schwellenbach struck out swinging to leave Gomes stranded and the game tied.
Northwestern got their first hit and run of the game in the third. A single, stolen base, and another single put the Wildcats up 1-0. Waldron got a strikeout of Alex Erro to end the threat.
Nebraska could not muster any offense in the fourth or fifth going down in order both times.
The Wildcats got a pair of two out run scoring hits in the fifth. Waldron gave up a pair of doubles and a single to extend the lead to 3-0 for Northwestern.
A solo home run by the Wildcats made the lead 4-0 in the seventh inning.
Nebraska did mount a comeback effort in the ninth inning. Acker walked to start the inning. Cam Chick pinch hit and delivered a single to put a pair on. Mojo Hagge delivered a RBI double to score the Huskers first run. After a lineout from Alex Henwood, a wild pitch scored another run. Luke Roskam and Gunner Hellstrom struck out to end the game.
Nebraska continues their slide as the Huskers have lost five of their last seven league games. After sitting at 10-2 in the Big Ten, the Huskers have run into difficulties with hitting and pitching. Nebraska looked confused at the plate and failed to execute with runners in scoring position.
The Huskers and Wildcats return to Evanston tomorrow afternoon. First pitch in the middle game of the series is set for 1:05. Nate Fisher will get the ball for the Huskers