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Shay Schanaman Stars as Nebraska Sweeps Minnesota 10-2

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Schanaman records 10 strikeouts in Sunday win

Nebraska finished off a weekend sweep of the last place Minnesota Golden Gophers with a 10-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Shay Schanaman gave up a leadoff hit and then proceeded to retire 22 of the next 23 batters for the Huskers. Luke Roskam drove in three runs for the Huskers to pace the offense.

Schanaman started the game by giving up a single to leadoff man Andrew Wilhite. Wilhite moved to third on an errant pickoff throw by Schanaman with one out. Shay got Jack Kelly to strikeout and Ronald Sweeney to pop up to keep Minnesota scoreless.

The Huskers put a run up in their half of the first. Joe Acker walked and moved to second on a single by Jaxon Hallmark. Spencer Schwellenbach got a sacrifice bunt down and then Cam Chick grounded out to plate Acker.

Nebraska took advantage of a huge Minnesota error to break open the game in the fourth inning. Acker reached on catchers interference with one out. Hallmark singled to put runners on the corners. Schwellenbach hit a ball that resulted in a fielders choice and Acker being out at the plate for the second out. Chick, Max Anderson, and Roskam all then recorded singles to score three runs for the Huskers. Leighton Banjoff walked and Mojo Hagge was hit by a pitch to force in another run to make it 5-0.

Another Minnesota error helped the Huskers add a tally in the sixth inning. Griffin Everitt hit a two out double off the bottom of the wall in left to put a runner on for Nebraska. Acker then hit a sharp liner to left that was dropped for the second Minnesota error of the game. Hallmark struck out swinging to end the Huskers threat in the sixth.

Minnesota had a bullpen implosion in the seventh inning to help break open the game for Nebraska. Schwellenbach started the inning with a single before two quick outs brought up Roskam. Roskam was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Banjoff, Hagge, and Everitt all proceeded to walk, while pinch hitter Logan Foster was hit by a pitch to bring in three more runs.

The Golden Gophers got on the board in the eighth inning. Schanaman gave up his second and third hits of the game with one out. Nebraska made the move to the bullpen and brought in Max Schreiber. Schreiber would walk the first batter he saw and then gave up a two run single. He got Zach Rabbe to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Nebraska added a final run in the home half of the eighth. Schwellenbach started the inning with a double down the right field line. Chick walked to bring up Anderson who hit into a double play with Schwellenbach moving to third on the play. Roskam then served a single into center to plate Spencer and make it a 10-2 ballgame.

Caleb Feekin got in the game in the ninth inning for the Huskers. He walked the first two batters he saw before getting the next three outs to complete the sweep.

Nebraska now moves to 11-4 on the year and sits in a tie for second with the Michigan Wolverines just a half game behind the Indiana Hoosiers. Nebraska now travels to Champaign Illinois to take on the Illini in a three game series next weekend.