The 2019 Nebraska baseball season is done. After blowing a 5-0 lead last night, Nebraska could not muster any offense against Colby Dunlop and the UConn Huskies. Angelo Altavilla provided two hits in his last game as a Husker to lead the team.
Reece Eddins got the start for the Huskers and ran into his usual first inning problems. Eddins threw six of his first seven pitches outside the zone to start. The eighth pitch was a single that put two on for the Huskies. After a pair of fly outs got Reece within an out of getting out of the first, he gave up a two out RBI single to put UConn on the board.
A solo home run in the second would extend the UConn lead to 2-0. Another run scored in the fourth when a triple landed in front of Joe Acker in center field and then scored on another base hit.
The Huskers got their only run of the day in the fourth. Aaron Palensky had a one out single to center to get the rally going. After Spencer Schwellenbach drew a full count walk, Altavilla lined one into left for a base hit to score Palensky. With runners on the corners and just one out, Luke Roskam grounded into a momentum killing double play.
The Huskies tacked on more runs in the fifth and sixth inning. In the fifth UConn got the leadoff man on for the fourth time in five innings. After a stolen base moved him to second, he scored on a single by Christian Fedko.
Shay Schanaman relieved Eddins and got out of the fifth inning. He did surrender a run in the sixth on two singles and a walk.
The Huskies put the game out of reach in the eighth inning with four big runs. Nebraska took Schanaman out of the game and replaced him with Max Schreiber. Schreiber got one out before the next two reached. In came Mike Waldron who allowed back to back doubles. After another single and a walk, Waldron would be finished. Ethan Frazier came in and cleaned up the mess.
UConn scored a bunch more in the ninth. Seven more times to be exact. Chad Luensmann, Ben Klenke, and Kyle Perry pitched the ninth inning.
Nebraska’s season ends in the regional round again for Darin Erstad. The sunny side up news is that Nebraska should be a team fighting for a regional host next season. Gone are Matt Waldron, Nate Fisher, and Reece Eddins. Nebraska also will lose Angelo Altavilla and Alex Henwood.
The Huskers will need to find a completely new weekend rotation, a new third baseman and a new second baseman. They have a lot of quality arms returning including Luensmann, Robbie Palkert, and Shay Schanaman. Colby Gomes will be back and so will Kyle Perry
For a team that was expected to finish sixth in the Big Ten, this team overachieved. The way they played baseball the last month was enjoyable and refreshing. They played as a team and came within one pitch of a completely different outcome of their season. Being eliminated sucks, but the future is bright for Nebraska baseball.