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Nebraska Baseball Takes Series Against Columbia

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Nebraska baseball gets back on track

The Nebraska baseball team (5-8, 0-0 Big Ten) got back on track taking three out of four games from the Columbia Lions in their first weekend at home. Nebraska won the opener on Friday before splitting a doubleheader on Saturday and winning on Sunday.

Friday- Won 5-3

Nebraska won with Kyle Perry on the mound for the Huskers. Husker pitches combined to strikeout 16 Columbia batters. Max Schreiber and Paul Tillotson came out of the bullpen and preserved the Husker lead. Tillotson picked up the Huskers first save of the season.

Leighton Banjoff gave the Huskers an early lead with a solo home run in the second inning.

The Huskers added to the lead in the third inning when they mounted a two out rally. Cam Chick doubled with two outs to put a runner in scoring position. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit by a pitch and Aaron Palensky walked to load the bases. Luke Roskam came through with a two out two run single to put the Huskers up 3-0.

Joshua Soloman had a pair of hits to bring the Lions to within a run. He smacked a home run off of Perry in the fourth and then had a run scoring hit after Weston Eberly reached on an error in the sixth.

Nebraska got some insurance in the seventh inning. Joe Acker and Jaxon Hallmark reached on back to back hits to start the inning. Hallmark hit a ground rule double down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Chick and Schwellenbach produced back to back productive outs to give the Huskers a 5-2 lead.

Schreiber gave up a single run in the eighth after another Husker error. Solomon and Liam McGill both would strikeout with a pair of runners in scoring position.

Tillotson would work a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts to give the Huskers the win.

Saturday Split Doubleheader 7-3, 2-3

The Huskers split the doubleheader on Saturday winning the first game 7-3 before dropping the night cap 3-2.

Colby Gomes started the first game and was shaky. Columbia jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring single runs in the first, second, and fourth innings. The Lions looked primed to add to the lead as Nebraska went to the bullpen with a pair of runners on and just one out in the fifth.

Shay Schanaman relieved Gomes and got McGill to ground into an inning ending double play to turn the momentum for the Huskers.

Joe Acker doubled and scored when Chick singled through the left side with two outs to bring home the first Husker run in the fifth. Schwellenbach would fly out to left field to end the inning.

After Schanaman pitched a scoreless sixth inning the Nebraska offense woke up.

Nebraska put up a five run sixth inning against the Lions to take a 6-3 lead. Palensky and Roskam walked to start the inning. Banjoff singled to left to cut the lead to 3-2. Luke Boynton singled to load the bases for Hallmark. Hallmark ripped a double down the left field line to give the Huskers their first lead of the game. Mojo Hagge singled to bring in the fifth Husker run. Acker dropped down a safety squeeze and reached on the play, scoring Hallmark from third. Chick, Schwellenbach, and Palensky were unable to bring home any more runs for the Huskers.

The Husker bullpen put up another zero in the seventh inning. Sayer Diederich was able to get a double play ball after giving up a one out single to keep the Lions off the board. Nebraska added a tally in the seventh when Roskam scored after working his way around the bases on a Hallmark fielder’s choice.

Trey Kissack pitched the last two innings for the Huskers. He gave up a walk in the eighth and nothing else. After a scoreless eighth inning for the Husker offense, he gave up a one out single in the ninth. Back to back strikeouts secured game one of the doubleheader for the Huskers.

Game two

This was a pitchers duel for the first half of the game. Cade Povich was putting up zeros for the Huskers while Will Gerdes held the Huskers without a hit until fourth inning.

Nate Beimel relieved Gerdes after he pitched five scoreless innings. He hit Chick with his third pitch of the afternoon. He then committed a throwing error that allowed Chick to get to third with no one out. Schwellenbach then fisted a ball into right field for the Huskers second hit of the day to plate Chick. Palensky followed with a walk and after a one out single from Boynton the bases were loaded for Hallmark. Jaxon hit into a double play to keep the game close.

Solomon would hit his second home run of the series, this time off of Povich to tie the game in the seventh for the Lions. A base hit and a hit batter would see Povich come out of the game. Braxton Bragg gave up a walk to load the bases before he struck out Jack Chernow on a 3-2 count to keep the Huskers tied.

Joe Acker gave the Huskers the lead back when he hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

Bragg would give up back to back singles against the Lions to start the eighth inning. Tillotson came into his second game in two days and promptly gave up a game tying hit. He got Solomon to strikeout for the first out of the inning before McGill drove in the go ahead run with a bouncing ball back to Tillotson. The inning ended on a grounder to Banjoff at third base.

Nebraska put two runners on in the eighth, but an inning ending double play from Boynton killed the chance. Down to their final out in the ninth, Ty Roseberry smacked a pinch hit single for the Huskers. Drew Mackie would pinch run and promptly got picked off first base to give the Lions their first win of the season.

Sunday- Won 12-5

Nebraska came out firing on Sunday. Caleb Feekin started for the Huskers on the designated bullpen day. He went 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits for the Huskers.

After a scoreless top of the first inning, Nebraska put up three runs on one swing in the bottom of the first. Working agianst AJ DiFillipo the Huskers got walks from Banjoff and Palensky to bring up Chick. Cam went opposite field for his fourth home run of the year, equaling last years total. Schwellenbach singled and reached third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. After Roskam walked, Acker grounded into a double play to end the inning.

A solo home run trimmed the Husker lead to 3-1 in the top of the second. Hallmark tripled and scored on a Banjoff single to bring the lead back to 4-1 in the home half of the second.

Banjoff doubled in another run in the fifth, while Roskam added a two run home run in the fifth for the Huskers. Columbia scored single runs in the fifth and the seventh innings and also put up a two spot in the sixth inning to get within 7-5.

Nebraska scored five runs between the seventh and the eighth innings to put the game out of reach. A wild pitch and a single by Boynton in the seventh put the Huskers up 9-5. Roskam had a sacrifice fly and a two run single by Boynton put the Huskers up 12-5.

Schreiber, who came into the game in the seventh with the tying run at the plate picked up the seven out save for the Huskers. He pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning for the Huskers.

Nebraska now sits a 5-8 on the year. The Huskers return to action with their first midweek games of the year when they take on Northern Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday.