The Nebraska baseball team has finally beat Rutgers! Nebraska routed the Scarlett Knights 15-5 after being swept by them last weekend at Hawks Field. The Huskers also dropped a morning contest to the Indiana Hoosiers, falling by a score of 4-2.
Indiana 4, Nebraska 2
In the morning game, Nebraska sent out Shay Schanaman for a Sunday morning start. Indiana countered with the Big Ten leader in ERA Gabe Bierman.
After Bierman sat the Huskers down in the first inning. Indiana then jumped on top of Schanaman quickly in the first. The first four Hoosiers all had base hits. Two more singles plated another pair of runs and it was quickly a 4-0 Indiana lead. Schanaman managed to get out of the inning, but the damage was done.
Bierman worked quickly and efficiently through the Husker lineup. He gave up a two out single in the second to Luke Roskam, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Bierman would set the Huskers down without a runner reaching second base for the first six innings.
Schanaman would also settle down in the game. He got help defensively as the Huskers turned four double plays in the first game. He would retire Indiana, holding them without another run for the next four innings.
Ethan Bradford got the call out of the Husker bullpen and kept the Hoosiers off the board with two scoreless innings. Trey Kissack and Cam Wynne managed to keep the Hoosiers scoreless in the eighth inning.
The Nebraska offense finally found a little spark in the seventh inning. Jaxon Hallmark reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. A groundout from Spencer Schwellenbach moved him to third before an infield hit from Cam Chick scored the first Nebraska run of the game. Max Anderson and Roskam were unable to continue the rally.
Down to their final three outs, Nebraska managed to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Still working against Bierman, Hallmark launched a solo home run to cut the deficit to two with one out in the ninth. Chick was hit by a pitch with two outs, to bring up Anderson as the tying run. He grounded out to third to end the game.
Nebraska 15, Rutgers 5
The start of the doubleheader was moved up due to the threat of rain. Chance Hroch got the start for the Huskers against Brent Teller who was fantastic against the Huskers last week.
Nebraska spoiled opportunities in both the first and second innings. In each inning the Huskers had a runner on third and less than two outs, but were unable to cash them in each time.
Hroch went through the Scarlett Knights lineup 1-2-3 in the first inning and then got a double play in the second inning to keep Rutgers off the board.
The Huskers broke through in the third inning. Hallmark doubled with one out to put another runner on base. Schwellenbach walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Roskam would deliver with a double to center field to put the Huskers on the board. After Anderson singled, Roskam would score on a failed pickoff attempt. Chick and Gunner Hellstrom made outs but the Huskers had a 3-0 lead.
Rutgers got a run back in the fifth inning. A leadoff hit by pitch came around to score via a one out double and then a groundout. A lineout ended the Knights threat.
The rain really picked up in the sixth inning. Hellstrom was hit by a pitch and then Bryce Matthews walked. Then the rain came.
After a forty minute rain delay, Nebraska came out hot. Acker replaced Matthews on a fielder’s choice. Hallmark walked to load the bases and then the Huskers scored a run on a wild pitch. Roskam then had the big blow with an opposite field grand slam.
Rutgers got a pair of runs back off of Hroch who came back out after the rain delay. Max Schreiber came out of the bullpen and got the final out for the Huskers in the sixth inning.
Hallmark came around to score another run for the Huskers in the eighth inning. He reached on an error, stole second and third, and then scored on a Chick single.
After Schreiber pitched a scoreless eighth, Nebraska put up a crocked number in the ninth. The Huskers scored six times. Acker had a single that would have loaded the bases, but another Rutgers error allowed a run to score. Schwellenbach had a two RBI double. Logan Foster had a bases loaded walk that forced in a run. Matthews then had a two RBI single to make it 15-3.
Hallmark got to pitch the ninth inning for the Huskers. A two out two run home run from the Knights would make the score 15-5. Hallmark got a strikeout to end the game and secure the doubleheader split.
Nebraska and Rutgers return to the field tomorrow. The Huskers will look to keep pace with Indiana and finish the weekend 3-1, while the Knights look to to salvage one game after being swept by the Hoosiers and losing to the Huskers this afternoon.