The winning streak has hit four and for the first time this season, Nebraska has a chance to break out the brooms on Sunday afternoon after a pair of wins against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday. The Huskers came from behind winning game one 6-4, while the offense put up 17 runs in a 17-5 seven inning mercy rule win.
In game one, the Huskers sent out Senior Chance Hroch to start. He worked an eight pitch first inning to bring the hitters to the plate.
Nebraska got a quick run to put them in front. Joe Acker worked a walk to start the game. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jaxon Hallmark. Spencer Schwellenbach reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly from Cam Chick put the Huskers up 1-0.
Hroch and Minnesota starter Jack Liffrig both settled into the seven inning game. Hroch struck out the side in both the second and third inning, while Liffrig sit the Huskers down in order as well.
Minnesota tied the game in the fourth inning. Zach Rabbe, the leading hitter on the Gophers singled to start the inning. He moved to third on a pair of groundballs. Gabe Knowles fisted a ball into right field to tie the score. Boston Merila flew out to bring the Huskers back to the plate.
After Nebraska loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth and did not score, Minnesota took the lead. A double from Ronald Sweeney put the leadoff runner in scoring position. A sacrifice bunt and a throwing error made it a 2-1 game. Hroch got a pair of grounders before walking Rabbe intentionally to put runners on the corners. Tyler Martin came in from the bullpen and got a flyball to end the inning.
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning. A one out walk and hit batter would come back to haunt the Huskers. A double from Sweeny scored one before a sacrifice fly added the fourth Gopher run.
Down to their final six outs, the Huskers finally got to Liffrig in the sixth. Max Anderson and Luke Roskam managed to record a pair of one out singles. Brice Matthews struck out for the second out. Leighton Banjoff pinch hit and hit a flyball that looked to be the third out, but it dropped in foul territory. Banjoff would then walk to load the bases.
The Gophers went to the bullpen to get Ryan Duffy. Duffy walked Logan Foster on four pitches to cut the deficit to 4-2. Joe Acker saw four more pitches miss to plate Roskam and make it 4-3. Duffy got ahead of Hallmark 0-2, but Jaxon hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Jack Wassel who bobbled it for a game tying error.
Nolan Burchill came in for Duffy and faced Schwellenbach with the bases loaded. Burchill sailed a 3-2 pitch to the backstop to give the Huskers the lead at 5-4. Burchill then hit Chick in the thigh to give the Huskers a 6-4 lead. Anderson struck out to bring the inning to an end.
Schwellenbach came in from the mound to get the save. He got the first two outs before giving up a two out single to Wassle. He got Minnesota catcher Chase Stanke to swing and miss for a game ending strikeout.
With all the momentum from game one, the Huskers came out hot. Jake Bunz put up a zero on the mound in the first. Nebraska then scored four runs on one big swing from Roskam. Acker singled to start the game. A pair of walks from Hallmark and Anderson loaded the bases with two outs. Roskam then teed off on a pitch to the farthest part of the stadium to put the Huskers up 4-0.
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The Husker offense then exploded in the third inning. Nebraska managed to score eight times to push the lead to 12-0. The inning starter with Schwellenbach hitting a single. Chick launched a moonshot into the parking lot in right field.
Anderson followed with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored on a Foster single. Mojo Hagge walked and then the Huskers executed a double steal and a throwing error added another run. A groundout got the second out of the inning scoring Hagge from third. Hallmark, Schwellenbach, and Chick all recorded consecutive hits with Chick just missing his second home run of the inning. A wild pitch scored the Huskers 12th run before Anderson grounded out to end the third.
Minnesota got a single run in the fifth inning. A walk, hit batter, passed ball, and an error all combined to get the Gophers a run. With the bases loaded, Nebraska got a strikeout and a flyball to prevent any more runs from Minnesota.
The Husker offense got back to work in the home half of the fifth inning. Banjoff reached on an error to start the inning. Hallmark singled and Chick walked to load the bases. Anderson got a sacrifice fly to score Banjoff. Hallmark scored on a wild pitch and then Roskam blasted his second home run of the game to make it 16-1.
The Huskers added a single run in the sixth inning. Banjoff this time went deep for the Huskers 17th run.
With the 10 run mercy rule in effect, the Huskers looked to get some pitchers who had not seen much work this year. Quinn Mason got the call out of the pen and gave up a pair of walks and a single to load the bases. Trey Kissack came on in relief and gave up a grand slam to make it 17-5. Kissack walked a pair but managed to get three outs to give the Huskers the mercy rule win.
Nebraska now runs their win streak to five games, dating back to last Saturday at Iowa. The Huskers look to complete the sweep tomorrow at 12:00. The Huskers will send Shay Schanaman to the mound who looks to rebound off of a pair of rough starts.