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Randall signs with York

Northwest senior Trey Randall, who plays high school baseball for Grand Island, signed on Monday to play baseball at York college. Listen to an interview below with Randall and KRGI's Steve Stein. 





Huskers Hold On for Series Win


Columbus, Ohio – Jake Meyers allowed one run over seven frames, while Scott Schreiber, Ben Miller and Jake Schleppenbach drove in three runs apiece, as Nebraska jumped out to a 10-run lead and held on to take the rubber game of the series with a 11-9 victory over Ohio State Sunday afternoon.

Meyers picked up his team-leading seventh win, scattering six hits and fanned four, as the junior left-hander was in control most of the afternoon against the Buckeyes. The junior southpaw, who improved to 7-1 on the season, also helped his own cause by scoring twice in the first two innings, as Nebraska raced out to an early 5-0 lead.

Nebraska (26-16-1, 9-5-1 Big Ten) was opportunistic against a Buckeye staff that walked seven and hit five on Sunday, while many of the Huskers' 11 hits came at opportune times.

Nebraska led 11-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, but the Buckeyes fought back against the Husker bullpen, putting up eight runs and getting the tying run to the plate against relievers Nate Fisher and Chad Luensmann.

Consecutive doubles by Noah West and Jalen Washington started the rally before the Buckeyes strung together four straight two-singles, the last being a two-run single by Bo Coolen to chase Fisher, who allowed six runs in 0.2 innings. Luensmann walked the first battled he faced before Shea Murray's two-run single cut the lead to 9-7. Two batters later, Washington made it a two-run game with a two-run single to put OSU (17-26, 5-10 Big Ten) within striking distance.

The Buckeyes continued to threaten against Luis Alvarado in the ninth, as Brady Cherry opened the game with his fourth hit of the day, but Alverado extinguished the rally, setting down the next three Buckeyes in order for his eighth save.

The Huskers took control early, scoring three in the first and two more in the second off OSU starter Reece Calvert (2-1) who allowed five runs in just 1.2 innings.

In the first, Miller delivered the key hit, a two-run single, as part of a 1-for-3 day with three RBI and two walks. Meyers opened the frame with a single to center before a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs for Miller, who took Calvert's first offering to left for an opposite field single, plating both Meyers and Angelo Altavilla. Schreiber eventually moved to third on a wild pitch and scored NU's third run of the inning on Luke Roskam's double play groundout.

Nebraska chased Calvert in the second, as the Huskers pushed across a pair of runs to extend the lead to 5-0. With two outs and Mojo Hagge on second, Calvert hit Meyers and walked Altavilla to load the bases to end his afternoon. Schreiber greeted reliever Seth Kinker with an infield single to short that plated a run before the Buckeye closer hit Miller to push across the Huskers' second run of the frame.

Calvert allowed five runs on three hits, but also walked two and hit a pair of Huskers as he lasted just 36 pitches.

Ohio State finally got a run off Meyers, who allowed one hit out of the infield through the first 5.2 innings, with a two-out rally in the sixth. Tre' Gantt reached on an infield single before Cherry roped a triple to center for his second hit of the day, allowing Gantt from first to make it a 5-1 game.

Kinker kept the Buckeyes in the game, throwing 4.1 shutout innings, but the Huskers got to the OSU bullpen for five runs in the seventh, taking advantage of four walks, a hit batter and a costly OSU error. Two walks by Joe Stoll and an error loaded the bases with no outs for NU, which would capitalize with five runs in the frame. Jesse Wilkening was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Schleppenbach drove in two more with an RBI single. Schreiber made it a 10-1 advantage, as he ripped a two-out double to left center.

Schleppenbach, who went 3-for-5 made it a 10-run lead in top of the eighth, driving in Hagge with a RBI double. Hagge had three hits and scored three times, as the bottom three spots in the Husker lineup accounted for four RBI and five runs scored.

Following final exams, the Huskers are back at Hawks Field next weekend, beginning at three-game series with Rutgers. Friday's first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and all three games next weekend will be carried on the IMG Husker Sports Network. Tickets for all three games next weekend are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling NU Athletics Development and Ticketing at 800-8-BIGRED.



Baseball Sweeps Briar Cliff in Nail-Biters

Sioux City, Iowa- The Hastings College baseball team had some 7th inning magic, scoring both the game-winning runs in the 7th inning in their 2-1, 1-0 wins over Briar Cliff at Bishop Mueller Field on Saturday.

Game one saw Hastings score first in the 2nd inning, with Bryce McMullen (SR/Omaha, NE) hitting a 1-out single and advancing to second on a balk. Grant Kraus (JR/Castle Rock, CO) grounded out to get McMullen into third, setting up Zack Petersen (JR/Waverly, NE) with an RBI-single to put Hastings up 1-0.

Hastings threatened again in the top of the 4th, as Will Frei (SR/Omaha, NE) led off the inning by getting plunked, but was forced out on an Alex Utrup (JR/Lincoln, NE) bunt. McMullen singled and Petersen hit a bunt single two batters later to load the bases with 2 outs in the inning, but could not score any runs.

Briar Cliff's Brady Harpenau led an offensive push by the Chargers in the 4th inning with a 1-out walk. Harpenau stole second and scored on a 2-out single to tie the game up 1-1.

In the 7th inning, Ty O'Brien (JR/Omaha, NE) hit a leadoff single and advanced on a Brandon Utrup (JR/Lincoln, NE) sacrifice bunt. O'Brien scored two batters later on a Ty Neill (SR/Ogallala, NE) single to give the Broncos the 2-1 win.

Andrew Kuta (SR/Edgar, NE) had another strong outing, allowing only four hits in his complete game effort.

Offensively, McMullen and Neill led the Broncos, both going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, respectively.

Game two had another pitcher's' duel, with Frei starting against Briar Cliff's Andrew Stover.

Briar Cliff had its biggest threat in the 2nd inning as Jeff Hackenmueller hit a 2-out bunt single, then Avery Foltz and Ryan Welsh walked to load the bases, but Frei induced a groundout to end the threat and keep the game scoreless.

Donato Santos (SR/Manitou Springs, CO) started the Broncos' threat in the 7th inning with a 1-out bunt single and stole second. O'Brien hit a single that put runners on the corners with only one out in the inning still. Brandon Utrup finished the job with an RBI-single to give Hastings their eventual 1-0 win.

Frei went seven strong innings, allowing only four hits before being subbed-out for Xander Schmidt (SR/Hastings, NE), who had two innings of 1-hit baseball for a 6-out save.

The Broncos (26-20, 15-11) return to Sioux City on Tuesday to make up the April 28th doubleheader against Briar Cliff. First pitch is schedule for 1 p.m.


Hastings College softball sweeps Northwestern

Orange City, Iowa- The Hastings College softball team earned the second host bid in the Cypress Risk Management GPAC Softball Tournament with a 9-8, 14-0 sweep of Northwestern on Saturday.

Game one started rough for the Broncos, as a single, walk, and an error loaded the bases with one out, but Josie Bumgardner (SO/Hastings, NE) got the next to batters to lineout to Corrin Ziepke (JR/Omaha, NE) to end the early threat.

Kaitlynn Knott (SO/Flagstaff, AZ) put Hastings on the board with a 1-out homer to give Hastings a 1-0 lead.

Northwestern answered back with a 4-run inning off three walks, two singles, an error, and a wild pitch to put the Red Raiders up 4-1.

In the 5th inning, the Broncos got the best of Northwestern's Kayla Tindall, as Alyssa Carter (FR/Corona, CA) and Chloe Boeka(SR/Gretna, NE) singled. Ziepke walked to load the bases with 1 out in the inning. Lexie Linderman (FR/Omaha, NE) hit a 2-run single to make it a 4-3 game. Taylor Asche (FR/Omaha, NE) walked and two batters later, scored on a Bumgardner grand slam to put the Broncos up 7-4.

Northwestern answered back with two runs in the 5th inning to get Bumgardner out after 4.1 innings for Ashlynn Clifford(FR/Corona, CA).

The Red Raiders got to Clifford in the 6th inning, scoring 2 more runs to get a 8-7 lead over the Broncos.

Hastings came back with a leadoff homer by Asche to tie the game 8-8. Clifford came in two batters later and got hit by a pitch., who scored on a Jessica Peterson (SR/Omaha, NE) groundout and an error to give the Broncos the 9-8 win.

Bumgardner let the Broncos offensively with her grand slam. Clifford led with her 2.2 innings of relief, getting her third win of the season.

Game two was all Broncos, who scored 14 runs off 15 hits and three errors.

Hastings scored five runs in the 2nd inning, with Knott, Makana Kekaulike (JR/Waipahu, HI), Mikaelah Molifua (SR/Lincoln, NE), Cara Williams (SR/Omaha, NE), Boeka, and Ziepke all getting in on the action, including a 2-out, 3-run homer by Ziepke.

The third inning saw Hastings tack on eight more runs to their lead with RBIs by Carter, Williams (2), Ziepke, and Knott. Along with the RBIs, Kekaulike, Molifua, Carter, Williams, Ziepke, Linderman, Asche, and Knott all recorded runs in the inning as well to take a 13-0 lead over the Red Raiders.

Hastings got their fourteenth and final run in the 4th inning, as Carter singled and later scored on a Linderman sacrifice fly to give Hastings their 14-0 win in five innings.

Sarah Barger (FR/Windsor, CO) also had a good outing, allowing only six hits in her complete game showing.

Hastings (31-21, 14-6) now get ready for the GPAC tournament on Friday, as they will host the College of Saint Mary Flames at the Smith Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

2017 GPAC Softball Tournament Brackets

Morningsdide Bracket

Friday, May 5, 2017

Game #1 – (4) Dordt (19-18, 12-8) vs. (5) Northwestern (23-22, 10-10) – 10 am

Game #2 – (1) Morningside (35-8, 17-3) vs. (8) Doane (23-23, 8-12) – Noon

Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 2 pm

Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 4 pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – Noon

Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – 2 pm

Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 4 pm

Hastings Bracket

Friday, May 5, 2017

Game #1 – (3) Concordia (32-12, 14-6) vs. (6) Dakota Wesleyan (19-32, 9-11) – Noon

Game #2 – (2) Hastings (31-21, 14-6) vs. (7) College of Saint Mary (16-22, 9-11) – 2 pm

Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 4pm

Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 6 pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – Noon

Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – 2 pm

Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 4 pm

GPAC Softball Tournament Championship Series – Monday, May 8, 2017

Morningside Bracket Winner vs. Hastings Bracket Winner (at highest seed)

(Best 2 of 3 Format)

11am (Game 1), 1pm (Game 2), 5pm (Game 3, if needed)


UNK Track: Benesch Breaks Record in Michigan

Kearney, Neb. – Senior Morgan Benesch broke a 27-year old school record at 5,000 meters to lead Nebraska-Kearney Friday night at the 51st Annual Hillsdale College GINA Relays in Michigan.

Benesch (Columbus Scotus) was one of three distance runners to compete in Michigan; three other field athletes were in Iowa at the Drake Relays.

In the 5,000, Benesch turned in a 16:56.84, good for 12th in a field of 26. The time is a provisional effort and places her 19th on the current national list. Donna Spickelmeier ran a 17:28.4 back in 1990 to set the UNK standard in the event.

Just a bit earlier, Ord sophomore Andrew Fields ran a career-best 9:07.49 to finish fifth out of 30 in the steeplechase. The time currently ranks 24th in Division II and keeps Fields ranked seventh in UNK history.

Also in Michigan, Rushville senior Cole Wellnitz ran a 3:49.70 to place fifth out of 36 in the 1,500 meter run. His time was just off his school record of 3:49.02, set earlier this spring.

At Drake, Fairfield junior Bailey Stapleman cleared 16-6.75 to be eighth out of 17 in the pole vault. It marks the fourth time this outdoor season he has reached at least 16-1 in a meet. On the women's side, O'Neill junior Emily Everitt tied for 18th in the high jump by going 5-4.25.

The Lopers now prepare for the MIAA Championships next weekend at Southwest Baptist.


UNK Baseball: Lopers Rally to Take Finale, 14-11

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney baseball team pounded out 19 hits and scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to get past Southwest Baptist, 14-11, in the second game of a double header Fridayevening in Bolivar, Mo.

The regionally-ranked Bearcats (30-16, 20-13) took the opener, 8-4, to set a new program record for wins in a season. This series was flipped from UNK to SBU due to weather and also moved up a day. The Lopers (14-32, 7-26) served as the "home" team in each contest.

The series finale featured 25 runs on 39 hits, seven walks, one hit batter and a key balk. With the bases loaded and two down in the bottom of the eighth, SBU freshman reliever Dalton Morrow (0-2) balked home the winning run. Two bloop singles followed to add two more insurance runs for UNK.

"I'm on cloud right now. It took a lot for us to get down here (arrived 5:00 a.m.Thursday) and to answer back the way we did today was special," said UNK head coach Damon Day. "Our guys are still fighting in game 46 in a season that hasn't gone our way. We have a lot of respect for SBU and to beat a regionally ranked opponent was big for our team."

The 19 hits, including five doubles, were the second most by the Lopersthis season. All nine starters had a hit with three collecting three apiece. They were senior catcher Kirk McLeod (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), senior third baseman Brent Kirsch (Papillion-LaVista South H.S.) and junior designated hitter Josh Estrada (Houston). Estrada also had a hit in game one, pushing hit streak to 14 in a row.

Kearney trailed 4-0 after 2.5 innings but scored three in third and then added two more in fifth and four in the sixth. After a single ruin the seventh, UNK secured the win with that big eighth inning.

McLeod finished with a team-best four RBI's as he had a bases clearing double in the sixth. Sophomore left fielder Pate Katechis (Longmont,Colo.), the cleanup hitter, went 2 for 5 with three RBI's while senior center fielder Easton Edmond (Lincoln S.W.) finished 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI's from the nine hole. He finished the scoring with a two-run single to left.

Finally, Iowa senior reliever Weston Glienke (4-2) picked up the win by throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. SBU recorded 20 hits with eight starters having multi-hit efforts, including catcher Hunter Hisky (3 for 6, two runs & three RBI's).

In the early game, true freshman southpaw Andrew Meier (5-1) allowed five hits and walked three over seven full innings to pick up the win. Throwing 101 pitches, he also struck out five Lopers.

SBU erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in the top of the sixth and then tacked on three runs in each of the next two innings. The first six 'Cats in the lineup finished with two hits, including Hisky (2 for 5, one run & two RBI's) and right fielder JovanyUrbieta (2 for 5, three RBI's).

UNK saw Katechis go 2 for 5 with Edmond and junior catcher DallasSchramm (Millard North H.S.) both hitting home runs. This gives Schramm13 for the year, tied for eighth most in UNK history, and Edmond eight.

The Lopers finish up the season next weekend at Central Oklahoma.


Huskers Even Series with 3-1 Win

Columbus, Ohio – Nebraska used timely two-out hitting and a strong outing from senior Derek Burkamper to even the series with Ohio State with a 3-1 victory Saturday evening.

The Huskers (25-16-1, 8-5-1 Big Ten) scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth and made it stand up, as Burkamper and three relievers allowed one run and scatted nine hits.

Burkamper, who picked up his first win since April 1, fanned four and scattered six hits over 5.2 scoreless innings to improve to 3-4 on the season. The right-hander worked around jams in each of the first two frames, and got stronger as the game progressed.

He retired 11 of 12 Buckeyes between the second and fifth innings, and his performance gave the Huskers an opportunity to stay in the game until the bats awoke to push across three runs in the top of the sixth against OSU starter Jake Post, who matched Burkamper through the first five frames.

Post, who had worked out of trouble in the third, had retired nine straight until the Huskers put together a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. Consecutive singles by Scott Schreiber and Ben Millergot the rally started before Luke Roskam, who had struck out looking on each of his first two at-bats, coaxed a walk to load the bases and keep the rally alive. The Huskers would capitalize, as Post uncorked a wild pitch, allowed Schreiber to beat the tag at the plate for the first run of the day. Two pitches later, Luis Alvarado staked the Huskers a three-run lead, as he ripped a bases-clearing double that one-hopped the wall in left center.

OSU had its best opportunity against the Husker starter in the bottom of the sixth. Dominic Canzone opened the frame with a single before moving to third on Jacob Barnwell's two-out single. NU went to its bullpen, and Jack McSteen induced an inning-ending grounder to short off the bat of Conner Pohl to end the rally.

The Buckeyes broke the shutout bid in the seventh, getting an RBI single from Jalen Washington to pull within 3-1. A leadoff single by Shea Murray, a walk to pinch hitter Zach Ratliff and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. Washington greeted reliever Robbie Palkert with a single just beyond the outstretched arm of Angelo Altavilla at shortstop, but Palkert got the Huskers out of the jam by retiring Canzone and Brady Cherry – the third and fourth hitters in the OSU lineup. The sophomore pitched a perfect eighth as part of a solid 1.2 inning effort for NU before Chad Luensmann closed out the contest, working a scoreless ninth to collect his seventh save of the season.


Danger take care of Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids Titans came to the Heartland Events Center with the worst record (1-8) in the IFL, hoping to get some momentum going to finish the season. Instead, a consistent passing game by the Danger helped them shred the Titans 50-38 Friday night.

The first half was fairly one-sided in favor of the Danger. The Nebraska defense stepped up early and often, kicking off when Nikolas Sierra caught a tipped pass for an interception on Cedar Rapids’ first drive. Four minutes later, after a methodic drive by the Danger, Rob Brown took a hand-off three yards for the first touchdown of the game. After a missed point after attempt, Nebraska led 6-0. On the Titans’ second possession, another tipped pass fell into the hands of Jamar Love who returned the ball 34 yards, setting up a field goal by Nicholas Giaffoglione and giving the Danger the 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Danger defense continued to have an impressive performance to start the second quarter, getting a turnover on downs. However, Nebraska quarterback Patrick McCain threw an interception on the first play while looking to score on a deep throw. Cedar Rapids then hung onto the ball for nearly five minutes before their drive stalled and they turned the ball back over to the Danger on downs. Nebraska would go on to get three total turnovers on downs in the second quarter, scoring off two of them before the half. The Titan offense showed some life after a Danger penalty allowed them to score on a short field, as quarterback Brion Carnes found Tre Parmalee for a seven-yard touchdown pass. After a missed PAT from Cedar Rapids, the half ended with a score of 23-6.

“Our defense came to play tonight. This was by far our most aggressive game of the year and it paid off big time. If we can continue that with some consistency to finish out the year we will be hard to beat,” said Head Coach Hurtis Chinn.

Nebraska did not miss a beat, picking up the scoring in the third quarter right where they left off. McCain found his favorite target of the night, receiver Demitri Stimphil for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The Danger would then get yet another turnover on downs and turn it into a touchdown, this time McCain finding Rob Brown for a 24-yard touchdown pass, increasing their lead to 31 points, 37-6. Then both teams would trade kickoff returns for touchdowns. First, Cedar Rapids returner Tony Grimes ran one back from 38 yards out. On the ensuing kick, Demetruce McNeal returned the ball from five yards deep in the end zone clear to the other end, for a 57-yard touchdown, making the score 43-14. Cedar Rapids got their offense cranking and scored a touchdown in just over two minutes, as they tried to chip away at the Danger lead with a score of 43-22. Nebraska wasn’t looking to slow down, as McCain found Eric Thomas for a 27-yard touchdown to end the third quarter, 50-22.

Cedar Rapids got the ball to start the fourth quarter and put together a drive that took up seven minutes before Nebraska got another turnover on downs. A five minute Danger drive nearly ended with a score, but a bobbled snap and fumble turned the ball over to Cedar Rapids, who scored on the next play with a 46-yard pass from Carnes to Paramalee for a touchdown. A completed two-point conversion cut the Nebraska lead to 20, 50-30. The Titans were then able to recover an onside kick and score again after the one minute warning, cutting the lead to even further. That was the last score of the game as the Nebraska Danger won with a score of 50-38.

“We need to continue to play strong until the last play of the game. I feel like we let them back into the game because we got caught out of place, missed a tackle down the stretch, or just generally forgot our fundamentals. Still give a lot of credit to the guys for getting the win tonight,” Chinn said.

The Nebraska Danger next play at the Wichita Falls Nighthawks Friday, May 5th and return home to the Heartland Events Center on May 20th to play the Green Bay Blizzard.


Placke inks with Hastings College

Soon to be Northwest graduate Kelsey Placke signed with Hastings College on Friday afternoon to join the Bronco basketball team. Hastings college was 22-10 this past season. Northwest girls basketball had a 15-7 2016-2017 campaign. Placke led the Vikings averaging 11 points per game and 4 rebounds. Below listen to an interview with KRGI's Steve Stein as he had a chance to catch up with Kelsey. 


GI baseball splits with Lincoln Southwest

Grand Island wrapped up their home portion of their baseball season on Thursday night hosting Lincoln Southwest for a double header. The Islanders would win game one 6-5, but Southwest would come back and take game two 13-2. Grand Island at 15-10 on the season will travel to Columbus on Monday to take on the Discoverers at 5:00 pm. Listen to a interview with coach Joe Wells after Thursday's game below. Class A district baseball seeding will be released on Monday, May 1st. 

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