Photo by Pat Radigan
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2-7, 5 RBI, 5 R
Story by Becca Mann
Nebraska piles on 35 runs in a pair of dominant wins to put away the series win
By the later innings of game one against Cal Poly on Saturday, it was hard to find any story line worth following.
The Huskers were up by 20 — yes, in a baseball game. And with another game to play, and the score about to reset, both teams dove deep into their rosters to make it through the rest of game one any way possible. At a lull in the action, one fan shouted out his best try at encouragement.
“You’re ONE RUN short of the record!”
Nebraska didn’t set the record. The game hit a wall and both teams went into ‘make it through’ mode, something Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said has cost his team before.
But unlike those game, the Huskers found a spark right away in game two to avoid falling into daze after the lackluster ending to the opener.
“I’ve seen so many double headers. You see a score like that (22-3), then next game it’s 3-2. You forget that you have to reset and remember why you had success,” Erstad said. “I thought our guys did a great job of that and we got our energy back up. It’s tough too when you have a lot of guys come out of the game that shut off the engine and have to crank it back up. Obviously they were prepared to do that.”
The Nebraska baseball team came out swinging in a double header Saturday afternoon and continued it through the night to finish off its home opening series against Cal Poly.
Success came early in the first as Mojo Hagge put the Huskers on the board off a Zac Repinski double down the third base line. The junior was followed to the plate by Repinski, Angelo Altavilla, Jesse Wilkining and Luke Roskam.
A four-run lead quickly turned to seven in the second inning as the Husker line up continued to show out. Cal Poly fought back in the top of the sixth to make it 7-2 but Nebraska used the opportunity to bust open the gates.
Recording 13 runs off five hits, Nebraska pushed to a 22-2 lead on eight walks, including one batter hit by a pitch. The Mustangs cycled through four pitchers in an effort to shake the Husker offense but was not successful. NU scored seven of its runs while fighting two outs.
The sixth inning culminated with a Klenke double to left field to bring in three runs and a Cronenbold homer to add two more.
The remainder of the game was quiet for both teams, notching just one unearned run for Cal Poly over the final three innings. Nebraska took game one 22-3, a high point after dropping its first home opener in nearly 40 years on Thursday.
Game two saw continued success for Nebraska as it recorded another double-digit effort led by a two-run double from Luke Roskam in the first inning, followed by a three-run homer from senior Scott Schreiber in the second.
Roskam’s double was accompanied by sacrificed flies from Wilkening and Jaxon Hallmark to give Nebraska a plump 7-0 lead headed into the third. The Huskers continued to hold the Mustangs scoreless until the top of the sixth, which saw a two-run homer off Alex McKenna, his second time across home plate on Saturday.
Running more batters through seemed like the best plan for NU as a Repinski flied out to right field to bring home Joe Acker as a response in the bottom of the sixth. Nebraska finished its offensive efforts in its last scoring inning off singles from Hallmark, Repinski and Angelo Altavilla. The team capped off the day with 13 runs on 13 hits while holding Cal Poly to single digits in both categories (2 runs, 4 hits).