March 6, 2013

Baseball drops twinbill at Nebraska

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Northern Colorado baseball team struggled in both games of a doubleheader at Nebraska on Wednesday, losing 10-5 and 5-1.

The Bears (3-6) committed two errors in the first game and scratched out just one hit in the second as the Huskers (4-7) swept the season series. Northern Colorado managed to score first in both games but could not hold onto the lead in either.

The Bears will now take a short break before returning to action with a four-game series at CSU Bakersfield starting at 7 p.m. MT Friday, March 15. 

Game One recap

The Bears tried to mount a comeback in the ninth inning of the first game, scoring three runs on three hits, but it wasn't quite enough as the Huskers had posted 10 runs earlier in the game for the 10-5 final.

Both junior centerfielder Dylan Banach (Westminster, Colo.) and junior Nick Miller (Loveland, Colo.) went 2-for-5 in the game with one RBI each and all five RBI in the game came from the top four in the lineup.

True freshman Matt Loutzenhiser (Parker, Colo.) took the loss for the Bears in his first career start on the hill. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He didn't walk a single batter and struck out three. Junior Josh Wagner (Newhall, Calif.) threw the next 4 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs on six hits with four walks and one strike out.

Junior Brooks Schneider (Longmont, Colo.) , who played the first six innings at third base, moved to the hill for the final two innings in his first work at pitcher with the Bears. The Huskers scored two unearned runs off him and he allowed just one hit and walked one. The defense had two errors behind him in the seventh and eighth inning.

The Bears snapped Huskers' Pat Kelly's nine-game hitting streak as he went 0-for-5 in the game with four ground outs and a pop up.

Sophomore Jensen Park (Kaneohe, Hawai'i) made a diving catch for the third out of the second inning, stopping the Huskers from scoring anymore after they'd already plated two and had one on base.

Game Two Recap
Banach led off the game with a single to right field and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Miller. Banach's lead off hit was the only one for the Bears in the game, as the Huskers six pitchers kept the Bears' bats silent the remainder of the game.

On a pitchout in the bottom of the first, Landon Moseley (Lawrence, Kan.) made a diving play on the ball that sailed right of second base, and made a rolling diving stop of the ball and tagged the would-be base stealer Austin Darby all in one move for the second out of the inning.

Nebraska took the lead in the second inning, scoring three runs on three hits, but only one run was earned and they added two more in the fifth for the 5-1 victory.

Junior Josh Tinnon (Niwot, Colo.) retired eight straight Huskers from the end of the second through two outs in the fifth. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits, walking two and striking out three.

Senior Jake Johnson (Aurora, Colo.) came in for the final out of the fifth inning, while senior Kevin Willman (Aurora), senior Ben Packard (Niwot) and sophomore Eian Raeber (Hanford, Calif.) all worked a scoreless inning each.