Nebraska jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, securing their fifth straight series win with a 11-2 win. Jaxon Hallmark reached base five times to lead the offense while Chance Hroch had a strong outing on the mound.
The Huskers jumped all over Penn State starter Conor Larkin in the first inning. Table setters Joe Acker and Hallmark started the inning with a pair of hits. Spencer Schwellenbach followed with a two run double down the right field line. After a Max Anderson double put two on, Luke Roskam doubled the Husker lead with a single through the left side. Bryce Matthews added a fifth Husker run with another single with two outs.
SETTING THE TONE EARLY.— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) April 17, 2021
→ RBI # 19 & 20 for Schwelly. pic.twitter.com/2WM8XEJJE3
Keep that line moving, two-five. pic.twitter.com/t0PKH6BvH7— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) April 17, 2021
Acker extended the Husker lead in the second inning. He reached on catcher’s interference, moved to third on a single by Hallmark and scored when Chick doubled to centerfield.
After a 1-2-3 first inning, Penn State found the scoreboard in the second inning. An infield single and a base hit to right field put the first two Lions on. After Hroch got a pair of outs, another infield base hit platted a run for the Lions.
Hallmark helped extend the Husker lead in the fourth inning. He reached via a walk and moved to second on a pickoff error. After Schwellenbach moved him to third, Chick lined a single into left to make it a 7-1 game.
A pair of two out hits gave the Lions another run in their half of the fourth. Hroch give up a two out single and a double to cut the lead to 7-2. A flyball to Hallmark ended the threat for Penn State.
The Huskers added a single tally in the sixth inning and a pair in the seventh inning. Hallmark scored after base hits from Chick and Anderson in the sixth. Then in the seventh inning, Hallmark had a two RBI double after Jack Steil and Acker had reached via an error and a walk respectively.
Like a good neighbor, Jaxon Hallmark is there.— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) April 17, 2021
➕✌️ insurance runs. pic.twitter.com/CZWhUCwKW0
Hroch meanwhile was in cruise control after giving up his second run in the fourth. He faced the minimum in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. He gave up a walk in the fifth but got a double play ball to end the inning.
After a scoreless eighth for the Huskers, Max Schreiber replaced Hroch on the mound. Schreiber would strike out the side in the eighth.
Nebraska would get several players into the game in the ninth inning. Matthews started the top of the ninth by drawing a walk, moving to second on a wild pitch and scoring on a Steil single. Logan Foster had a single in his first plate apperance of the weekend and Efry Cervantes replaced Schwellenbach and reached when he was hit by a pitch. Chick and Anderson were unable to bring home any more runs for the Huskers.
Ethan Bradford came on out of the bullpen for the Huskers in the bottom half of the ninth. He gave up a leadoff walk but got a flyball and then a pair of strikeouts for the Huskers 17th win.
Nebraska now goes for the sweep tomorrow. The Huskers will battle the Nittany Lions at 11:00 am tomorrow morning. Shay Schanaman will get the start for the Huskers.