Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (31-22) fell to Ohio State, 3-1, in the Big Ten championship game in front 17,503 fans at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday afternoon. It marked the second-largest crowd in a college baseball game this season, behind only the 18,861 that attended Georgia-Georgia Tech on April 23 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Huskers take runner-up honors at the Big Ten Tournament for the third time in the last seven years. NU finished second in 2013 in Minneapolis and 2014 in Omaha, both times falling to Indiana.
Senior right-hander Matt Waldron, making his 13th start of the season, threw 3.0 innings and recorded three strikeouts, while allowing one run. Mike Waldron, Shay Schanaman and Colby Gomes came on for relief appearances. Schanaman threw a career-high 4.0 innings and notched three strikeouts.
In the opening frame, Aaron Palensky drew a two-out walk, but remained stranded in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. Ohio State scored one run to take the early 1-0 lead as three of the first four hitters reached base. Waldron recorded two strikeouts.
After back-to-back strikeouts in the top of the second, Alex Henwood drew a walk. He was thrown out at second after trying to advance on a wild pitch. The Buckeyes went down in order in the bottom of the second.
Mojo Hagge managed NU’s first hit of the game in the top of the third. Each of the Huskers’ other three batters during the inning produced outs. Ohio State had two baserunners in the bottom of the third, but left both on base.
In the top of the fourth, the Huskers went down 1-2-3. Ohio State scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back no-out singles got them started before a sacrifice fly brought in the run.
Joe Acker singled in the top of the fifth, but was left stranded as the other Husker batters had two groundouts and a strikeout. The Buckeyes managed one hit in the bottom of the fifth, but left the runner stranded on first base.
Nebraska scored its first run of the game in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 2-1. Cam Chick reached on a one-out error before a strikeout marked the second out. Each of the next three batters drew walks to bring in one run before a flyout to center field. In the bottom of the sixth, the Buckeyes went down in order with two pop-outs and a groundout.
Acker singled and Colby Gomes walked to put the first two runners on in the top of the seventh. A sacrifice bunt advanced them to second and third. They remained stranded following a strikeout and groundout. In the bottom of the seventh, Ohio State was retired in order.
Hellstrom hit a two-out single in the top of the eighth, but was left stranded. Ohio State added a run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 3-1 lead. Each of the first two Buckeye batters reached base before a sacrifice fly brought in the insurance run.
In the top of the ninth, the Huskers went down in order on three strikeouts.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is set for Monday at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU.
Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (31-21) won the semifinal rematch against Michigan, 7-3, in front of 11,038 fans at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday night to earn a spot in the championship game. The Huskers will face the winner of Ohio State and Minnesota on Sunday for the Big Ten Tournament title.
Kyle Perry, making his seventh start of the season, went 3.1 innings and allowed one run. Robbie Palkert came on for a career-high 5.1 innings of relief and recorded five strikeouts en route to the win. Colby Gomes earned his team-high 12th save of the season by recording the final out.
In the opening frame, Cam Chick drew a one-out walk, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice before a strikeout ended the inning. Michigan managed one hit in a scoreless bottom of the first.
In the top of the second, Joe Acker hit a two-out single before being thrown out on an inning-ending fielder’s choice. Perry retired all three Wolverine batters in the bottom of the second.
Nebraska scored two runs in the top of the third to take the early lead. With two outs, Chick singled, Aaron Palensky walked and Angelo Altavilla reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Spencer Schwellenbach poked a two-run hit through the left side that drove in Chick and Palensky. In the bottom of the third, Michigan responded with one run on one hit.
Colby Gomes drew a walk in the top of the fourth, but each of the other three Husker batters during the inning produced outs. Michigan managed a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the fourth via walks, but left both runners stranded.
In the top of the fifth, Nebraska plated one run to take a 3-1 lead. Altavilla was hit-by-pitch with two outs and advanced to third when the catcher’s attempt to throw him out at second following a wild pitch was wide. Schwellenbach drove him in with an RBI single. Michigan scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. The Wolverines tallied three hits and left two runners on base during the frame.
The Huskers added two runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 5-3. Acker drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gomes drew a walk before Hallmark’s RBI double drove in Acker. Chick walked to load the bases before Palensky walked to bring in another run for the Big Red. A pair of flyouts ended the inning. Michigan had a baserunner via walk, but Palkert retired the other three hitters with two strikeouts and a groundout.
Nebraska left two runners stranded in a scoreless top of the seventh. Luke Roskam hit a leadoff single before Henwood reached on a one-out walk. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. The Wolverines were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, the Huskers scored two runs to build a 7-3 lead. Chick drew a leadoff walk and scored when Altavilla reached on an error. Schwellenbach singled to advance Altavilla to third. Roskam walked to load the bases before a flyout. Henwood walked to bring in another run for the Big Red before an inning-ending strikeout. In the bottom of the eighth, Palkert retired all three Wolverine batters with two strikeouts and a groundout.
In the top of the ninth, Nebraska managed two walks, but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Michigan loaded the bases, but left all three baserunners stranded.
The Huskers advance to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of Minnesota and Ohio State. The Golden Gophers and Buckeyes square off at 11 a.m. (CT). The championship game will begin approximately one hour following the conclusion of that game.
Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (30-21) fell into an early 9-0 hole against Michigan, ultimately falling by an 18-8 margin to the Wolverines at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday morning. The two teams will meet later today for a spot in Sunday’s championship game.
Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Reece Eddins (1.0 inning), Ethan Frazier (4.1), Max Schreiber (0.0), Paul Tillotson (0.1) and Tyler Martin (3.1).
Michigan raced out to an early lead, scoring seven runs in the top of the opening frame. The Wolverines managed eight hits during the inning, while NU committed one error. In the bottom of the first, Jaxon Hallmark drew a leadoff walk, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice. A flyout then strikeout-wild pitch-throw-out at third base ended the frame.
Michigan added a run in the top of the second to extend its lead to 8-0. Angelo Altavilla was hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the second, but he was left stranded after three consecutive outs.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 9-0 with one run in the top of the third. Michigan tallied two hits, while NU committed two errors during the frame. Hallmark singled in the bottom of the third, but NU left him on base in a scoreless frame.
Michigan went down in order in the top of the fourth. Nebraska plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 9-2. Altavilla singled in the leadoff spot before Alex Henwood was hit-by-pitch. Gunner Hellstrom also singled to load the bases. Back-to-back groundouts brought in both runs for the Big Red.
The Wolverines managed one baserunner in the top of the fifth via walk, but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Palensky and Spencer Schwellenbach crushed back-to-back home runs to left field. Altavilla doubled and then advanced to third on a groundout before being left stranded after a strikeout.
Michigan responded with six runs in the top of the sixth to build a 15-4 advantage. The Wolverines notched four hits, including a home run, while Nebraska committed an error. The Huskers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Wolverine lead to 15-7. Ty Roseberry and Hallmark drew back-to-back walks before Chick’s RBI double. Keegan Watson walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Altavilla hit a two-run single before a strikeout ended the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Michigan scored one run to make the score 16-7. The Huskers went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wolverines went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Chick managed a base hit in the bottom of the eighth, but each of the other three Husker batters during the inning struck out.
Michigan added two runs in the top of the ninth to take an 18-7 lead. Nebraska scored one run in the bottom of the ninth. Altavilla was hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a groundout. He made it to third on an additional groundout before Chick’s RBI single brought him in.
The Huskers and Wolverines will meet later today for a spot in Sunday’s championship game. NU and Michigan are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. (CT) or approximately 60 minutes after the Minnesota-Ohio State game ends. The game between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers starts at 2:18 p.m.
Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (30-20) delivered a knockout punch to Iowa, 11-1, after eight innings as the run rule came into play at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday afternoon. By rule, a game in the Big Ten Tournament will be ended after seven innings if a team is ahead by at least 10 runs.
Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 14th start of the season, went 7.0 innings and allowed only one run on four hits, while matching his career high with seven strikeouts. Jaxon Hallmark tossed the final 1.0 inning and notched one strikeout in his scoreless outing.
In the top of the first, Fisher retired all three Hawkeye hitters. In the bottom of the first, Mojo Hagge and Angelo Altavilla each managed base hits, but both were left stranded in a scoreless frame for the Big Red.
Iowa scored one run in the top of the second to take the early lead. With two outs, the Hawkeyes managed two hits, but left the bases loaded as two additional batters were walked. NU responded with four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-1 lead. Alex Henwood hit a leadoff single before a sacrifice bunt advanced him to second. Spencer Schwellenbach ripped an RBI double to drive him in before Colby Gomes and Hagge drew back-to-back walks. Cam Chick and Aaron Palensky laced back-to-back RBI singles before a sacrifice fly scored Hagge.
Iowa managed one hit in a scoreless top of the third. The Huskers extended their lead to 5-1 with one run in the bottom of the third. Henwood hit a leadoff single before Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch with one out. Hagge drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Chick also drew a walk, which brought in one run for the Big Red, before a fielder’s choice ended the inning.
In the top of the fourth, the Hawks left one runner stranded, while Fisher recorded two strikeouts. Henwood recorded his third hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but was left on base as the score remained 5-1.
Iowa produced one hit in the top of the fifth, but a double play and a groundout ended a scoreless inning for the Hawkeyes. NU added four runs in the bottom of the fifth to build a 9-1 advantage. Schwellenbach annihilated a leadoff home run before Gomes doubled. He advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on a sacrifice fly in foul territory. Palensky singled before each of the next three batters walked to bring in one run. Gunner Hellstrom hit an RBI single, which scored one run, before the following runner was thrown out at the plate.
The Hawkeyes went down in order in the top of the sixth. Hagge hit a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth, but was left stranded.
In the top of the seventh, Fisher retired all three Hawkeye batters with a flyout and two groundouts. In the bottom of the seventh, NU plated one run to build a 10-1 advantage. Altavilla drew a one-out walk before Henwood drew a two-out walk. Henwood drove in one run with an RBI single. Schwellenbach walked to load the bases, but the Huskers left all three stranded.
Iowa managed two base hits in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t drive them in. In the top of the eighth, Mojo Hagge drilled a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field. His run gave Nebraska the 10-run advantage after seven innings it needed to win the game.
The Huskers continue the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) against Michigan.
Omaha, Neb. - The baseball game between Nebraska and Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament has been postponed to Friday due to stormy weather at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night.
That game will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Ohio State-Maryland game, which will resume on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT). The game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning with Ohio State holding a 3-2 lead over Maryland. "Day 2" tickets (Thursday) are good for the conclusion of Ohio State-Maryland as well as the Nebraska-Iowa game. "Day 3" tickets (Friday) will be valid beginning at 2 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. (CT) at TD Ameritrade Park.
Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (29-20) pounced early in an 8-2 win over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on Wednesday night. The Huskers plated three runs in the first inning and five runs in the third inning.
Starting pitcher Matt Waldron, making his 12th start of the season, went 7.1 innings and matched his career high with nine strikeouts. Waldron has 239 strikeouts in his career, which puts him in fourth place on Nebraska’s career strikeouts list. Mike Waldron and Robbie Palkert each came in for shutout relief appearances.
In the opening frame, the Huskers plated three runs to take the early lead. Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk before Aaron Palensky reached on a one-out error. Angelo Altavilla drove in both of them with a two-run triple, his 150th career hit. Altavilla scored on Joe Acker’s sacrifice fly before a strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom of the first, Waldron struck out the side.
NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the second with three groundouts. Minnesota scored one run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1.
In the top of the third, Nebraska added five runs to extend its lead to 8-1. Cam Chick was hit-by-pitch and stole second after the first out was recorded. With two outs, Altavilla added to his RBI total by driving in Chick with a base hit. Altavilla stole second before Acker drew a walk. Gunner Hellstrom drove in one run with an RBI single before Alex Henwood was hit-by-pitch. Spencer Schwellenbach crushed a three-run double to send the TD Ameritrade Park crowd into a frenzy. A groundout ended NU’s five-run, three-hit frame. Minnesota managed one hit in a scoreless bottom of the third. Waldron recorded two strikeouts during the inning.
The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fourth. Waldron retired all three Gopher batters in the bottom of the fourth.
NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth with a flyout, groundout and strikeout. In the bottom of the fifth, Minnesota went down in order, as Waldron recorded his seventh strikeout of the night.
For the third consecutive inning, Nebraska’s offense was shut down, as the Huskers were retired 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. The Gophers managed one hit in the bottom of the sixth, but left the runner stranded.
In the top of the seventh, Palensky and Altavilla drew back-to-back two-out walks, but a flyout left them stranded in a scoreless frame. Minnesota managed a hit in the bottom of the seventh, but a double play followed by a flyout left the runner on base.
Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the top of the eighth, but left stranded in a scoreless inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Minnesota scored one run to cut the score to 8-2, but left the bases loaded.
In the ninth, Cam Chick reached on an error and stole second, but was left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts. The Gophers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The Huskers face No. 8 seed Iowa in the winners bracket game on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 9:03 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska produced a pair of second-team All-Big Ten selections as the conference announced its postseason honors and award winners on Tuesday. Sophomore outfielder Aaron Palensky received recognition from the Big Ten after leading the Huskers with a .339 batting average in the regular season and a team-high .323 batting average in conference play. Palensky, in his first year at Nebraska, leads the Huskers in hits (65), doubles (11), triples (2), home runs (5) and runs scored (36). He has 20 multi-hit efforts this season, the most on the team, to go along with six multi-RBI performances, tied for second-most on the squad. Freshman Cam Chick earned the designated hitter spot on the second team and the All-Freshman Team. During Big Ten play, Chick hit .316, second-best average on the team in conference play behind only Palensky. For the regular season, Chick compiled 35 hits, two doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He has recorded 10 multi-hit efforts and six multi-RBI showings. Junior outfielder Joe Acker earned Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award for 2019. Acker ranks third on a team with a .286 batting average. He has amassed 40 hits, seven doubles and one triple. Acker’s 13 multi-hit games are tied for the second-most on the team. His eight stolen bases are a team high. Nebraska continues its season on Wednesday when the Huskers open the Big Ten Tournament against No. 4 seed Minnesota at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The game, scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the Big Ten Tournament are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Nebraska’s 2019 All-Big Ten Selections
Second Team: Aaron Palensky (OF)
Second Team: Cam Chick (DH)
All-Freshman Team: Cam Chick (DH)
Sportsmanship Award: Joe Acker
Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg finalized his staff with the hiring of Luca Virgilio as Director of Basketball Operations.
Virgilio comes to Nebraska after spending five seasons at St. John’s, most recently as a management analyst for the Red Storm basketball program for the past two seasons. He was a part of the St. John’s staff which made a pair of NCAA Tournaments (2015 and 2019) in his tenure at the school.
In his role at Nebraska, Virgilio will serve as the primary day-to-day administrator within the basketball office, coordinating team travel and serving as a liaison to administration, academics, HuskerVision, athletic communications, digital communications, marketing and life skills.
In his role as the program’s management analyst, Virgilio was responsible for devising and delivering strategies to improve basketball operations by using advanced knowledge of research methods, information management and quantitative methods to analyze all areas of the program. Virgilio assisted the coaching staff by preparing analytical reports, delivering recommendations, and overseeing the implementation of these strategies for practice and training, style of play, scouting, scheduling and recruiting.
During his time as assistant to the head coach, Virgilio provided support for a variety of daily operations within the program. His responsibilities included managing the team’s schedule, organizing travel, and supervising student-athlete development activities. Virgilio also assisted with the coordination of on-campus recruiting activities, maintaining NCAA compliance-related records and other duties as assigned by the head coach.
He began his tenure as a graduate assistant for two years, where he helped in daily operations, including the team calendar and overseeing the team’s managers. Virgilio also aided both the assistant to the head coach and director of basketball operations with administrative responsibilities and team operations.
Virgilio graduated from St. John’s in May 2016, earning a graduate master’s degree in sport management with a concentration in international dimension of sport. Hailing from Italy, Virgilio earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration at Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre in 2012 and a master’s of science in Business Administration at Tor Vergata School of Economics in 2014.
The Nebraska baseball team earned the No. 5 seed for the Big Ten Tournament this upcoming week at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. In Wednesday's first round, the Huskers will face No. 4 seed Minnesota at 9 p.m. (CT).
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (28-20, 15-9 Big Ten) dropped the regular-season finale to Michigan, 10-8, during the second game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday night.
The Huskers led 5-3 after five innings, but the Wolverines scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Nebraska saw its chance to win the Big Ten regular-season title come to an end, but the Huskers will be among the eight teams at next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Michigan (38-16, 16-7 Big Ten) and Indiana (16-7 Big Ten with one game remaining) will finish ahead of the Huskers, who are currently in third place. The remainder of the Big Ten regular-season finales will take place on Saturday.
On Friday night, Michigan struck first with one run in the top of the opening frame. The two teams were each held scoreless in the second and third before the Wolverines added two runs in the top of the fourth to build a 3-0 lead. NU responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
Mojo Hagge hit a leadoff single and then advanced to second when Cam Chick drew a walk. After a flyout, Angelo Altavilla doubled to drive in both baserunners. Altavilla made it to third base on Joe Acker’s base hit. Gunner Hellstrom singled through the right side to drive in one run. Spencer Schwellenbach drew a walk to load the bases before Alex Henwood’s sacrifice fly brought in Acker.
NU extended its lead to 5-3 with one run in the bottom of the fifth as Cam Chick smashed a solo home run. Michigan bounced back with five runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 8-5. All five Wolverine runs were scored on two home runs.
Michigan added a run on a solo homer in the top of the seventh, but Colby Gomes matched it with his first career home run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wolverines scratched out one run in the top of the eighth to take a 10-6 advantage before the Huskers’ rally attempt in the bottom half of the frame. Altavilla hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth and advanced to second when Hellstrom drew a one-out walk. After a strikeout, Henwood singled to load the bases. Gomes drove in two runs with a single to right field. He advanced to second when Jaxon Hallmark drew a walk. Trailing by two with the bases loaded, Chick lined out to second base.
Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Reece Eddins (5.0 innings), Shay Schanaman (1.0), Mike Waldron (2.0) and Chad Luensmann (1.0).
The Big Ten Tournament bracket will be released on Saturday after all of the scheduled games have ended. The eight-team tournament, to be played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.