Another Big Inning Hurts Baseball On The Road
LINCOLN, Neb. – Northern Colorado had the lead into the sixth inning at Hawks Field against Nebraska, but two big innings led the Cornhuskers to the 15-5 victory on Tuesday evening.
The Bears (4-11) had nine hits in the game, four going for extra bases, but the Huskers tallied their 15 runs on 17 hits for their 10th win of the year (10-9).
Both freshman Mark Shannon and junior Seth Budde had two hits and Shannon drew three walks as he was on base all five plate appearances and scored two of the team’s five runs. Junior Kyle Hardman knocked in three of the team’s RBI with a bases clearing double in the third frame.
James Quisenberry threw 5.0 strong innings for the Bears, giving up just two runs on eight hits. Ben Packard pitched 0.1 innings, allowing three runs on no hits, taking the loss (0-1). He walked one, hit two more and struck out one. Cameron Tallman threw the next 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and fanned one. Mathias Bable pitched 0.1 of an inning, giving up a solo home run. Brendan Hall and Kris Vierra combined to throw the last inning, giving up seven runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Adam Bailey led the Cornhuskers with three hits, going 3-for-6 with two RBI and one run, while four other players each had two hits. Bryan Peters was 2-for-3 on the day and was hit twice. Chase Adams got the win for Nebraska, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out three. Jordan Roualdes was credited with a save, his first of the year as he entered when the score was 8-5.
The Bears struck first, scoring one run in the top of the first inning. Nebraska pitcher Tyler Niederklein walked the first two batters and Shannon scored on a single through the right side by Budde. Budde’s hit extends his streak to six straight games, now the longest of the season for any Bear.
In the bottom of the second inning, Josh Scheffert knotted the score for the Huskers, hitting a leadoff home run to right field for the 1-1 tally.
The third pitcher of the day for the Huskers, Chase Adams, was punished on his first pitch as Hardman hit a shot down the left field line for a bases clearing double after the second hurler, X, loaded the bases…
Nebraska added one run after three hits in the bottom of the fifth to pull within two runs, 4-2 and took the lead on a three-run triple off the bat of Belfonte in the bottom of the sixth. A sacrifice fly by Kiser the next batter gave the Huskers a 6-4 advantage.
Two more runs were plated in the seventh by the Huskers for the 8-4 lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, Crudo hit his second home run of the year, bouncing one into the Bears’ bullpen in right field for the 8-5 game, however Nebraska tallied seven runs in the bottom of the inning for the 15-5 score.
In a pinch-hitting role, Shay Maltese hit a double with two outs in the top of the ninth for his second hit of the year.
The two teams meet again tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. (Central time) in the last of the two-game series.