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Huskers Head to NCAA Corvallis Regional

The Nebraska baseball team (35-20-1) heads to Corvallis, Ore., this weekend for NCAA Regionals. The Huskers are making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and third in the last four years under Head Coach Darin Erstad.

NU, the No. 2 seed, opens its tournament on Friday against No. 3 seed Yale at 3 p.m. (CT) on ESPN3. No. 1 seed Oregon State and fourth-seeded Holy Cross will play at 10 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. Saturday'saction will consist of the first elimination game at 3 p.m. (CT) and the winners' bracket game at 9 p.m. (CT). Sunday will have an elimination game at 3 p.m. (CT) and an additional game at 9 p.m. (CT). If necessary, Monday will consist of a game starting at 10 p.m. (CT) to determine the regional winner.

The winner among the four teams of the double-elimination format will advance to next weekend's Super Regionals on campus sites. The eight Super Regionals winners will advance to the College World Series, scheduled for June 17-27/28 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

In its program history, Nebraska has had three College World Series teams (2001, 2002, 2005) and made a Super Regional in 2000. NU's additional NCAA Tournament showings came in 1979, 1980, 1985, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2016.

Meyers Named John Olerud Award FinalistJunior Jake Meyers is one of five finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, announced by the College Baseball Foundation on May 31.

Meyers, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder for the Huskers, earned first-team All-Big Ten recognition as a utility player. He has made 13 starts on the mound, 39 starts in centerfield and 12 starts as the designated hitter this season. His .302 batting average ranks fourth on the team, while his 3.09 ERA is tied for first among Husker starting pitchers. Meyers has an 8-1 record on the mound with 52 strikeouts and nine walks in 78.2 innings this season. Offensively, he has one home run, seven doubles, 16 RBIs and 51 runs.

The award will be presented by the College Baseball Foundation later this summer. The other finalists are Brendan McKay (Louisville), Adam Haseley (Virginia), Alex Troop (Michigan State) and Braden Zarbnisky (West Virginia).

How to Listen/Watch the HuskersFans can listen to Greg Sharpe, Ben McLaughlin and Nick Handley call all the action this season on the Husker Sports Network. Every game this season can be heard on Huskers.com and the Official Nebraska Huskers App for both iOS and android devices.

Every Husker game this weekend will be carried on 1400 AM in Lincoln and 590 AM in Omaha. Fans can also listen on TuneIn.com or the TuneIn App on the Husker IMG Sports Network channel. Every game of the NCAA Corvallis Regional will be streamed live on ESPN3. The lone scheduled TV game is between Oregon State and Holy Cross on Friday, which will be on ESPNU.

Six Huskers, Erstad Honored by Big TenSix Huskers and Head Coach Darin Erstad were honored by the Big Ten Conference last week, as the league office released the 2017 All-Big Ten Honors.

Erstad was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Huskers to their first Big Ten regular-season title. Jake Meyers (utility) and Scott Schreiber (designated hitter) were first-team picks, while Angelo Altavilla (shortstop) and Jake Hohensee (starting pitcher) were third-team choices. Third baseman Luke Roskam was an unanimous pick for the All-Freshman team and Ben Miller was Nebraska's Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Huskers Capture Big Ten CrownNebraska won its first Big Ten regular-season title over the weekend since joining the conference in 2012. It marked the seventh regular-season conference title for the Huskers overall. NU also won conference crowns in 1929, 1948, 1950, 2001, 2003 and 2005.

Nebraska owns four conference tournament titles, winning them in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. Since joining the Big Ten in 2012, the Huskers have made the Big Ten Tournament every season and took runner-up honors in 2013 and 2014.

Luensmann Claims CoSIDA Academic All-District HonorsThe College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its Academic All-District teams on May 4, and sophomore pitcher Chad Luensmann earned first-team All-District 7 honors.

A sophomore from Altoona, Pa., Luensmann has been a star on the field and in the classroom for the Huskers. A member of the 2017 NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, Luensmann holds a 3.80 grade-point average in mechanical engineering.

Join the ClubBen Miller was taken in the 32nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but turned down professional baseball to instead return to Nebraska for his senior season. The Clive, Iowa, native now has a chance to cement his name near the top of Nebraska's all-time hits list.

Miller became the 25th player in school history to total 200 career hits on Saturday, April 8, with a 4-for-4 game against Maryland, his first career four-hit game. He followed it up the next day with a 4-for-5 performance in the series clincher.

Miller enters NCAA Regionals with 239 hits, placing him 13th all-time at Nebraska. The Huskers have had at least one player join the 200 hit club in each of the past five seasons, including 2016 second-round pick Ryan Boldt last year.


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Thirteen Huskers Honored with Postseason Awards

The final day of May was a red-letter day for the Nebraska softball program, as a total of 13 Husker student-athletes were recognized with postseason awards. A record-tying 12 Huskers were named to the 2017 academic All-Big Ten team, while MJ Knighten became the first Senior CLASS All-American in program history.

 

12 Huskers Named to Academic All-Big Ten Team

The Nebraska softball program's tradition of excellence in the classroom continued on Wednesday, May 31, when the conference announced that 12 Husker student-athletes earned 2017 academic All-Big Ten recognition.

The 12 academic all-conference selections tie for the most in program history and mark the second straight year Nebraska has had a dozen academic All-Big Ten honorees. Eleven of the 12 selections have earned academic All-Big Ten honors every eligible season of their Husker careers.

To be eligible for academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Nebraska softball has produced a total of 56 academic All-Big Ten recipients in its seven seasons as a member of the conference.

Highlighting the list of honorees were Rachel Arthur, Lotte Sjulin and Austen Urness, who were each named to the academic All-Big Ten team for the third time in their careers. Laura Barrow, Caitlin Bartsch, Kaylan Jablonski, Taylor Kadavy, Gina Metzler and Taylor Otte all made the team for the second straight season, while Bri Cassidy, Cassie McClure and Alyvia Simmons earned academic All-Big Ten accolades for the first time.

 

Knighten Named Senior CLASS Award All-American

Nebraska third baseman MJ Knighten was one of 10 seniors named a 2017 Senior CLASS Award All-American on Wednesday, May 31. Knighten is the first Husker to be named a Senior CLASS Award All-American since the award's inception in 2007.

Previously, Knighten had been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, becoming the first finalist in program history. In addition the release of the All-America teams, Florida State's Alex Powers was announced as the winner of the 2017 Senior CLASS Award.

Knighten was not only the first Senior CLASS Award finalist in Nebraska softball history, she also became the Huskers' first four-time All-Big Ten selection after taking home second-team honors this season. Knighten his .319 as a senior and led Nebraska with 51 hits, 37 runs, six home runs, 24 walks, a .410 on-base percentage and 11 stolen bases. She also ranked second on the team with 28 RBIs and a .506 slugging percentage and was third with 10 doubles.

A native of Buena Park, Calif., Knighten enjoyed a decorated career with the Huskers. In addition to her four All-Big Ten awards, Knighten was a three-time all-region honoree, and she was named a first-team All-American in 2016 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Knighten ended her career ranked third all-time at Nebraska in runs (183), RBIs (186) and total bases (423), fifth in batting average (.357), hits (253), home runs (41), extra-base hits (81) and slugging percentage (.597), seventh in walks (101) and 10th in triples (7).

 


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Kickoff Times Set for Five Nebraska Games

Nebraska has learned the start times for five of its 2017 football games as part of announcements on Wednesday by the Big Ten Conference and its television partners, as well as the Pac-12 Conference.

The game times announced Wednesday include four of Nebraska's first five games of the season, as well as its Friday, Nov. 24 regular-season finale with Iowa.

The kickoff times include Nebraska's home games against Northern Illinois, Rutgers and Iowa. The Sept. 16 matchup with Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium will kick at 11 a.m. CT and be telecast on FS1. The following week, Nebraska will play host to Rutgers on Homecoming in Lincoln, with the Huskers and Scarlet Knights to kick off at either 2:30 or 3 p.m. CT, with the network to be announced at a later date.

Nebraska's matchup with Big Ten West Division rival Iowa on the Friday after Thanksgiving will start at 3 p.m. CT, with FS1 providing the national television coverage.

Game times for Nebraska's first two road games were also announced on Wednesday. The Huskers' Sept. 9 matchup at Oregon will kick at 3:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. PT), with the game televised nationally on FOX. The kickoff time for NU's Friday, Sept. 29 game at Illinois has also been set. The contest from Illinois' Memorial Stadium will begin at 7 p.m. CT with television coverage on FS1.

The new media rights agreements between the Big Ten and its television partners will allow for more national exposure for more teams on big national platforms. There will also be more games played in prime time as part of the new agreements, but in no case may a network select a game for prime time less than 12 days prior to it being played. In past years, the entire Big Ten prime time schedule was released in April, while the new agreement allows for games starting in Week 4 to be announced 12 days prior to game day.

Nebraska will likely also learn the kickoff time and television information for its Sept. 2 season opener against Arkansas State at Memorial Stadium in the near future.


Nebraska 2017 Game Times/TV Information

Sept. 9--at Oregon, 3:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. PT (FOX)

Sept. 16--Northern Illinois, 11 a.m. CT (FS1)

Sept. 23--Rutgers (HC), 2:30 or 3 p.m. CT (TBA)

Sept. 29--at Illinois, 7 p.m. CT (FS1)

Nov. 24--Iowa, 3 p.m. CT (FS1)


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Huskers Selected for NCAA Corvallis Regional

 

The Nebraska baseball team will make its 15th NCAA Regional appearance in program history, as the 64-team NCAA Tournament field was announced on Monday. The Huskers will be the No. 2 seed in the Corvallis Regional. No. 1 overall national seed Oregon State will host No. 3 seed Yale and No. 4 seed Holy Cross in addition to the Huskers at Goss Stadium this weekend. Nebraska opens the double-elimination Regional format with Yale on Friday, June 2 at 3 p.m. (CT) on ESPN3. Oregon State and Holy Cross square off on Friday at 10 p.m. (CT) in the other Corvallis Regional opener. Nebraska, who enters the NCAA Tournament with a 35-20-1 record, won the Big Ten regular-season title with a 16-7-1 mark during conference play. The Huskers are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance under sixth-year Head Coach Darin Erstad, who was named 2017 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Nebraska also qualified for the national tournament in 2014 and 2016 under Erstad. The Huskers are led by two All-Big Ten first-team honorees and two third-team members. Juniors Jake Meyers (Utility) and Scott Schreiber (Designated Hitter) each earned first-team all-conference recognition, while Angelo Altavilla (Shortstop) and Jake Hohensee (Starting Pitcher) were each selected for the third team. Luke Roskam (Third Base) was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team. Senior Jake Schleppenbach (Second Base), the lone Husker to play in all 56 games this season, earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after batting .455 with a home run during the tournament. In its program history, Nebraska has had three College World Series teams (2001, 2002, 2005) and made a Super Regional in 2000. NU’s additional NCAA Tournament showings came in 1979, 1980, 1985, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014 and 2016. This year’s Super Regionals, consisting of the 16 Regionals winners, are set for June 9-11 or 10-12 on campus sites. The eight Super Regionals winners will advance to the College World Series, scheduled for June 17-27/28 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

Home Federal splits with Gretna

The Grand Island Home Federal Senior American Legion baseball team started their season on Wednesday night with a 5-1 win over Shelton-Gibbon. Home Federal would split with Gretna on Thursday night to move their record to 2-1 on the young season. Gretna would claim game one with an 8-2 win but Home Federal would bounce back to claim game two 4-3. Grand Island will be back in action on Saturday hosting North Platte in a double header and then be off to Holdrege on Sunday. 

 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Home Federal 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 5
Gretna 0 0 1 4 0 3 x 8 5 0
                       
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Home Federal 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 4 9 2
Gretna 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 1

 


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UPDATE: Change Nebraska/Iowa

The Big Ten conference announced on Thursday night that the Nebraska baseball team will now play Iowa on Friday from the Big Ten tournament in Bloomington at 12:320pm. The Huskers defeated Purdue on Wednesday 15-9 to advance to a winners bracket game. Meanwhile Iowa defeated Maryland on Thursday with a final score of 9-8. Husker Sports Network coverage will start at noon on the respected stations below. 

 

KRGI 1430 AM - 106.9 FM - Grand Island 

KUVR 1380 AM - 96.9 FM - Holdrege 

KSWN 93.9 FM - McCook 

 

 


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Husker baseball wins 15-9 over Purdue

Bloomington, Ind. – The Nebraska baseball team (35-18-1) opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 15-9 win over Purdue (29-26) on a rainy Wednesday night at Bart Kaufman Field.

Junior right-hander Jake Hohensee made his 14th start of the season, and struck out six Boilermakers in 6.0 innings of work. He gave up six runs, all of which were earned, and allowed seven hits. Robbie Palkert earned a save in 3.0 innings of work.

In the first inning, Hohensee retired all three Boilermaker batters, striking out one. Jake Meyers doubled in the leadoff spot to begin the night for Nebraska’s offense. Angelo Altavilla also doubled before Scott Schreiber reached on a throwing error and advanced to second. Ben Miller was walked to load the bases. Luis Alvarado singled to score Altavilla. Luke Roskam was walked, which scored another run for the Big Red. Jesse Wilkening grounded into a double play, but Miller scored. Jake Schleppenbach flew out to right field to end the inning after the Huskers scored four runs.

Purdue’s first four batters reached base with hits in the second frame, which included a pair of doubles. In all, the Boilermakers scored five runs on six hits to take the lead. All three Husker batters were retired in the bottom of the second.

Purdue went 1-2-3 in the top of the third, as Hohensee struck out one Boilermaker. Leadoff hitter Schreiber reached on a fielding error and scored when Miller doubled to right field. Miller scored when Wilkening’s single brought him in after back-to-back outs. NU’s two runs off two hits gave the Huskers a 6-5 lead.

Hohensee struck out all three Boilermakers he faced in the top of the fourth. The Huskers extended their lead in the bottom half of the frame with two runs on one hit, three walks and a hit-by-pitch. Mojo Hagge, the leadoff hitter, singled, and scored along with Meyers, who was hit by a pitch.

Purdue’s Jacson McGowan homered to trim the lead to 8-6, but Hohensee managed to get the other three Boilermakers out in the top of the fifth. NU managed to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead to 11-6. Four Huskers were walked, while Schreiber and Miller each doubled.

Hohensee gave up a walk in the top of the sixth, but retired the other three hitters, including his sixth strikeout of the game. Schleppenbach reached on a leadoff single and advanced to third, but the Huskers couldn’t bring him in.

Palkert came in for Hohensee before the top of the seventh, and allowed a leadoff double, which led to a Purdue run. The Boilermakers had two groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning. All three Husker batters in the bottom of the seventh struck out.

In the top of the eighth, Purdue scored one run off two hits. Hagge saved an additional run with a catch at the right field wall. Hagge launched a home run to right field that scored Schleppenbach and gave NU a 13-8 advantage. Schreiber also homered, bringing in Altavilla.

In the top of the ninth, Purdue managed a home run, but three consecutive outs led to an NU win.

The Huskers will face the winner of Maryland and Iowa in the next round of the Big Ten Tournament. The game between the Terrapins and Hawkeyes has been moved to Thursday at 9 a.m. (CT). Nebraska’s game will be on Friday at a time to be announced.



 


Six Huskers Earn Big Ten Honors, Erstad Named Coach of the Year

Bloomington – Six Nebraska baseball student-athletes and Head Coach Darin Erstad were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, as the league office released the 2017 All-Big Ten Honors.

Erstad was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Huskers to their first Big Ten regular-season title. Jake Meyers (utility) and Scott Schreiber (designated hitter) were first-team picks, while Angelo Altavilla (shortstop) and Jake Hohensee (starting pitcher) were third-team choices. Third baseman Luke Roskam was an unanimous pick for the All-Freshman team and Ben Miller was Nebraska's Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Erstad is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Huskers and has guided the Big Red to a 210-137-1 (.605) record during his tenure. Including NU's first-place finish this season, the Huskers have finished second or better in the Big Ten four times in six seasons. Earlier this year Erstad became just the fifth head coach in program history to total 200 wins and is four wins shy of tying Dave Van Horn for fourth place on the all-time wins list. Erstad is the first Husker baseball coach to be named conference coach of the year since 2005 when Mike Anderson was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Schreiber was a first-team pick for the second straight year after earning first-team honors at first base last season. Schreiber is the first Husker to earn first-team honors in consecutive seasons since Pat Kelly, who was a first-team pick at second base in 2013 and 2014. During the regular season Schreiber ranked sixth in the Big Ten in both hits (70) and RBIs (46), while ranking eighth in doubles (14) and ninth in batting average (.335). With 70 hits this season, Schreiber is looking to become the first Husker to top 80 hits in a year since 2013 when Kelly produced 85.

A third-team choice in the outfield last season, Meyers earned first-team honor this year for his performance both as a position player and as NU's Sunday starter. At the plate, Meyers finished the regular-season tied for second in the Big Ten with 48 runs scored and his on-base percentage of .431 ranked sixth in the conference. On the mound Meyers tied for the league lead with eight wins and his nine walks were the second fewest allowed in the league. The Huskers are 11-1-1 in games Meyers has started this season, with the only loss coming to Oregon State during the second weekend of the year. During Big Ten play, Nebraska was 7-0-1 with Meyers on the mound.

After playing in 14 games, including two starts, as a true freshman last season, Altavilla became Nebraska's starting shortstop in 2017. The sophomore ranks second on the team in batting average (.323), doubles (13) and RBIs (37). During Big Ten play, Altavilla was ninth in the league with 14 walks and tied for 11th in runs scored with 20.

Hohensee missed the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery and returned in 2017 as Nebraska's Friday starter. The junior from Lincoln earned third-team honors after going 6-3 in 13 starts. Overall on the year he ranked eighth in the Big Ten with an opposing batting average of .240. During league play he was fifth in innings pitched (48.0) and 11th in strikeouts (36).

Roskam was an unanimous pick for the Big Ten All-Freshman team after hitting .270 in 37 games, including 31 starts. The Chaska, Minn., native has roped seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and drive in 18 runs.

The Huskers open postseason play tomorrow at Bart Kaufman Field, when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 4 p.m. (CT). The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.

Nebraska's 2017 All-Big Ten Award WinnersCoach of the Year Darin Erstad

First TeamJake Meyers - Utility
Scott Schreiber – DH

Third TeamAngelo Altavilla – SS
Jake Hohensee – SP

All-Freshman TeamLuke Roskam – 3B *

Sportsmanship AwardBen Miller

*-denotes unanimous decision


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State Track Results 2017

State track took place this last weekend in Omaha. View results below from Grand Island area athletes. 

 

Team results from all four classes 

Class A Boys - #1 Creighton Prep - #2 Grand Island - #3 Lincoln Southwest 

Class A Girls - #1 Millard West - #2 Kearney - #3 Lincoln Southwest 

Class B Boys - #1 Ogallala - #2 Wahoo - #3 Beatrice 

Class B Girls - #1 Aurora - #2 Holdrege - #3 Waverly 

Class C Boys - #1 Norfolk Catholic - #2 Thayer Central - #2 C.City - #4 B.Creek 

Class C Girls - #1 Chase County - #2 Crofton - #2 Ainsworth - #4 Stanton 

Class D Boys - #1 South Loup - #2 BDS - #3 Exeter-Milligan 

Class D Girls - #1 Giltner - #2 Brady - #3 Riverside 


Huskers Knockout PSU to Capture Big Ten Crown

University Park, Pa. – The Nebraska baseball team (34-18-1, 16-7-1 Big Ten) hammered 18 hits in a 21-3 win over Penn State to capture the Big Ten regular-season title on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Nebraska captures its first Big Ten regular-season crown since joining the conference prior to the 2012 season. This is the seventh regular-season conference title won by Nebraska (1929 Big Six; 1948 and 1950 Big Seven; 2001, 2003 and 2005 Big 12).

Junior left-hander Jake Meyers made his 13th start of the season, and threw 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out a career-high seven batters. Matt Waldron (2.0 innings) and Nate Fisher (1.0 inning) each made relief appearances.

Nebraska took a 7-0 lead after the top of the first inning. The Huskers produced three hits, with Ben Miller and Angelo Altavilla each doubling and Mojo Hagge singling. Three Huskers were walked and three Huskers reached on a hit-by-pitch. The first four Huskers reached base before back-to-back groundouts. The inning continued six batters later before a groundout ended the inning. Meyers retired all three Nittany Lion batters in the bottom of the first.

The Huskers added three runs in the second inning off four hits. Miller, Luis Alvarado and Luke Roskam singled in the first three at-bats and each scored. Jesse Wilkening was hit by a pitch and Hagge produced a single before the inning ended with a flyout. Penn State went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second.

NU managed one base runner, Scott Schreiber, who advanced to third on a passed ball after reaching on an error by the right fielder. He couldn't score after back-to-back outs. Penn State got its first baserunner in the bottom of the third, but Meyers forced two flyouts and a strikeout to end the inning.

Jake Schleppenbach doubled down the right field line after a pair of outs to begin NU's fourth inning. He was left on-base after a flyout ended the inning. Meyers retired all three PSU hitters in the bottom half of the frame.

Altavilla reached on an error in the fifth, and scored after a Schreiber triple. Schreiber scored when Miller grounded out, increasing the lead to 12-0. Meyers struck out two Nittany Lions and forced a flyout to right field.

After Nebraska's leadoff hitter struck out in the sixth, Wilkening reached on an error and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Schleppenbach walked, and Hagge singled to drive in Wilkening. Meyers walked to load the bases and Altavilla singled to bring in a pair of runs. Schreiber drove in two more runs with his single up the middle. Miller added a hit that moved Schreiber to second, and both baserunners advanced on a wild pitch. Schreiber attempted to score on a wild pitch, but was tagged out at home. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but all three Huskers were left stranded. In all, NU scored five runs on four hits in the top of the sixth. Meyers added two strikeouts to set a new career high with seven, as he retired all three Nittany Lion batters.

Leadoff hitter Schleppenbach singled in the seventh, but NU was unable to score after a pair of fielder's choice outs and a flyout. Waldron came to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and retired all three Nittany Lions batters he faced.

Schleppenbach hit a grand slam in the top of the eighth after the first three Huskers reached base. Hagge then doubled off the right field wall and Altavilla was walked, but both were left on-base.

Two Huskers were walked in the top of the ninth, but a double play ended the inning. Penn State managed three runs in the bottom of the ninth before Nebraska recorded the final out.

The Huskers return to action next week when they head to Bloomington, Ind., for the Big Ten Tournament.


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