Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (12-7) extended its winning streak to six consecutive games with a 6-3 win over intrastate rival Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday night.
Freshman left-hander and Omaha native Kyle Perry, making his third start of the season, went 3.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits, while recording four strikeouts. Nebraska saw relief appearances from Shay Schanaman (1.1 innings), Bo Blessie (1.0), Max Schreiber (1.0), Mike Waldron (1.0) and Robbie Palkert (1.0). Schanaman made his longest outing of the season, while Blessie made his college debut.
In the top of the first, the Huskers went down in order with three flyouts. Creighton scratched out one run in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. The first two Bluejay batters doubled, but two runners were left on base when the inning ended.
NU scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Gunner Hellstrom ripped a leadoff double before Angelo Altavilla did the same to drive him in. Altavilla advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored when Cam Chick reached on an error. A double play ended the inning. Creighton managed one baserunner via hit-by-pitch but left him stranded in a scoreless bottom of the second.
Nebraska added three runs in the top of the third to build a 5-1 advantage. Joe Acker hit a leadoff single before Aaron Palensky doubled. A groundout brought in Acker before Hellstrom laced an RBI single. Altavilla and Keegan Watson each singled, bringing Hellstrom in to score. In the bottom of the third, Creighton went down 1-2-3.
NU managed three hits in the top of the fourth, but couldn’t bring in any runs. Two baserunners were caught stealing. The Bluejays managed a one-out triple, but the runner was left stranded in a scoreless frame.
In the top of the fifth, Nebraska drew three consecutive walks with two outs to load the bases, but left the runners stranded. Schanaman struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth.
NU went down in order in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, Creighton managed two baserunners but left them both stranded.
Nebraska scored one run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. Mojo Hagge singled in the leadoff spot and advanced to second on an error. Altavilla walked and Watson was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Gomes hit a sacrifice fly that scored Hagge before a fielder’s choice ended the inning. Two Bluejays walked in the bottom of the seventh, but Creighton couldn’t plate any runs.
NU went down in order in the top of the eighth. Creighton scratched one run in the bottom of the eighth to cut its deficit to 6-2. Each of the first two batters managed hits, including a double, before a double play lineup and strikeout ended the frame.
In the top of the ninth, NU drew two walks but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Creighton scored one run on two hits, while Nebraska committed one error.
The Huskers return to action this weekend when the visit Minneapolis, Minn., to continue conference play against Minnesota. The games are set for Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos announced today that the University of Nebraska will search for a new head coach for its men’s basketball program. The decision to end Head Coach Tim Miles’ employment came after consulting with University leaders, and Moos has begun the process to find the next head coach of the men’s basketball program.
Moos will be available for a news conference at 4 p.m. today in the West Memorial Stadium Sixth Floor (Don Bryant Press Box).
“Tim Miles is a good basketball coach who has put his heart, soul and energy into the Nebraska men’s basketball program over the past seven years,” Moos said. “Ultimately, we have not maintained a level of consistent success and stability on the court, and after a full review I have made the decision to move in another direction for the leadership of our program.”
Miles guided the Huskers to a 19-17 record in 2018-19, capped by a loss at TCU on Sunday in the National Invitation Tournament. Miles finished his Nebraska career with a 116-114 record in his seven seasons at the helm. He coached the Huskers to one NCAA Tournament appearance (2014) and two trips to the NIT (2018, 2019). Miles helped Nebraska to a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Big Ten Conference, but the Huskers finished 10th or lower in the league standings five times.
Moos said he will focus his search on finding a head coach who will put the Huskers in the best position to be competitive in the Big Ten Conference and nationally. Moos hopes Nebraska is able to move quickly in its search for a new head coach, but his primary focus is finding the right fit.
“I am confident there will be strong interest from the coaching community about the opportunity to lead our men’s basketball program,” Moos said. “We are fully committed to providing the necessary resources to position our basketball program for success on the conference and national level. I expect to find a head coach who will elevate Nebraska basketball to new heights.”
Statement from Coach Tim Miles:
“Thank you to the University of Nebraska for a remarkable journey. It was a great honor to represent this University the past seven years. I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish during my tenure, most notably developing relationships with so many fantastic people associated with the Huskers.
“A special thank you and deep gratitude to our players and parents who have been with us and supported us over the years. Thanks to our coaches, legends, alumni and to all of the support staff who interact with our program on a daily basis and made the experience one I will always cherish.
“To the fans, students and supporters who make Pinnacle Bank Arena such an incredible venue, much respect and thank you as well.
“My family will always be cheering for the Huskers and look forward to seeing #Nebrasketball make history in the near future. GBR!”
Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Jaylen Reyes has been selected to be an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team for the upcoming Japan Tour.
The squad, featuring 12 players who are still in college, will tour May 19-30 in Japan where it will have a series of training sessions and matches. The tour is unique in that the U.S. will play against Nippon Sport Science University, one of the best collegiate volleyball teams in Japan, as well as Japan’s Women’s 20 and World University Games teams.
BYU women's volleyball head coach Heather Olmstead will serve as head coach. Reyes played at BYU and was an assistant coach for the men's team there from 2016-18 before joining the Huskers in 2018.
In his first year on the Nebraska staff as an assistant coach, Reyes made a huge impact in helping the Huskers to a fourth-straight final four and an NCAA runner-up finish with a team that included eight newcomers. Reyes coordinated Nebraska's blocking and defense and led the Huskers to their best opponent hitting percentage since 2005 (.144). That mark led the Big Ten, and Nebraska held 13 opponents to their season-low hitting percentage. In conference play only, the Huskers averaged 2.89 blocks per set, the most in the Big Ten.
Under Reyes' guidance, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins hit .421 during the season, the third-highest mark in school history, and she was an AVCA first-team All-American. Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had 177 total blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke was also an AVCA first-team All-American, bringing Reyes' total of All-Americans coached to seven in four years as an NCAA Division I assistant.
The 2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference (RPAC) Girls & Boys Basketball All-Conference Team(s). The teams were selected in Division format (East/West) for both Girls and Boys Basketball. All four teams are included in the attachment below. The conference Girls/Boys Basketball coaches made the selections at the All-Conference Meeting on Wednesday, 03/20/2019 in Curtis, NE. The original meeting was postponed due to inclement weather so the team(s) are being released one week later than what was originally scheduled.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team saw its season end Sunday night in an 88-72 loss to TCU in the second round of the NIT Tournament at Schollmaier Arena.
James Palmer Jr. scored 19 points in his final game – all in the second half – to finish his senior season with 708 points, the most points in a single season in Nebraska history. Fellow senior Tanner Borchardt posted his second career double-double, finishing with a career-high 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, the second-highest total of his career. Senior Johnny Trueblood also set a career high with eight points, while Glynn Watson Jr. concluded his outstanding career with a stat-filling performance of 17 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and six assists without a turnover. Sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson chipped in eight points, one off his career high.
Nebraska finished the season with a 19-17 record. TCU (22-13) advanced to Tuesday’s NIT quarterfinal, when the Horned Frogs will host Creighton. TCU had five players in double figures, led by Desmond Bane’s game-high 30 points. The Horned Frogs shot 51 percent from the field – including 59.3 percent in the second half – and knocked down 10 3-pointers while going 20-of-25 at the free throw line. Nebraska committed only seven turnovers and out-rebounded TCU, but the Huskers shot just 43 percent from the floor, 32 percent from the 3-point line and 53 percent from the charity stripe.
Nebraska trailed by eight at the half, but the Huskers were in the game thanks to some unexpected scoring contributions. Borchardt (eight points), Thorbjarnarson (seven) and Trueblood (five) combined for 20 of Nebraska’s 32 first-half points.
TCU led by six early before the Huskers used an 8-0 run to take a 14-12 lead eight minutes into the game. Watson scored six of his eight first-half points during the run. TCU was able to regain the lead despite going more than five minutes without a field goal, but a Thorbjarnarson 3-pointer put Nebraska back on top, 18-17 midway through the half.
With the game tied at 19-19, TCU scored eight straight points during a larger 12-2 run to build a 10-point lead at the five-minute mark. Three straight points from Borchardt pulled Nebraska to within seven, and the Huskers cut the lead down to five, but TCU scored five points in the final 39 seconds of the half to take a 40-32 lead into the locker room.
After being held scoreless and missing all 10 of his first-half shots, Palmer hit three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half. But TCU answered two of Palmer’s shots as the Horned Frogs extended their lead to 10. The lead was back down to eight before a flagrant foul led to a five-point possession that allowed TCU to take a 13-point lead at the 12-minute mark.
Nebraska, which trailed by at least five the entire second half, was back within eight with 10 minutes to play, but the Huskers could get no closer. The lead held steady between and eight and 13 points for most of the half, until TCU scored 10 of the final 14 points to pull away for the 16-point win.
Nebraska Post-Game Notes
- Nebraska (19-17) made seven 3-pointers in the game to finish with a school-record 268 3-pointers on the season. The Huskers broke the previous record of 267 set during the 2001-02 season.
- James Palmer Jr. finished with 19 points to finish the year with 708 points, a Nebraska single-season record. Palmer broke the previous record of 704 points by Dave Hoppen in 1984-85. Palmer and Hoppen are the only Huskers to score 700 points in a season.
- Palmer finished his senior year with Nebraska season records for points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269). Palmer also finished with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game).
- Glynn Watson Jr. had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Watson’s nine rebounds tied his career high. He also had nine rebounds against Western Illinois and Minnesota in 2017.
- With his six assists, Watson tied Jack Moore for seventh place on Nebraska’s all-time assist list with 382. Watson finished his career first all-time in school history in games played (134), second in starts (113), tied for fourth in steals (177), tied for seventh in assists (382) and fourth in 3-pointers (184).
- Tanner Borchardt finished with his second career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. His 16 points were a career high, topping his previous best of 12 at Illinois on Feb. 2. Borchardt posted his second career game with at least 10 rebounds and his ninth game with at least seven rebounds.
- Johnny Trueblood also set a career high with eight points in the game. He topped his previous best of six points in the NIT opener against Butler.
- Thorir Thorbjarnarson scored eight points, the second-highest scoring game of his career and one shy of his career high of nine points against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 6, 2018, while playing a career-high 35 minutes.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (11-7, 3-0 Big Ten) completed a weekend sweep of Michigan State after its 6-2 win over the Spartans at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, Nebraska extends its winning streak to five consecutive games and remains a perfect 5-0 at home this season. The three-game sweep of Michigan State is the first time Nebraska has swept a conference opponent since accomplishing the feat against Rutgers, May 5-7, 2017.
Senior right-hander Reece Eddins, making his third start of the season, went 5.0 innings and allowed only one hit and zero runs. He recorded four strikeouts and only one walk. Mike Waldron threw 2.0 perfect innings of relief before Ben Klenke (1.0), Paul Tillotson (0.2) and Shay Schanaman (0.1) came out of the bullpen. Schanaman earned his first career save.
Offensively, the Huskers did their damage in the fourth and fifth innings after the two teams played a scoreless first three frames. In the fourth inning, Colby Gomes smacked a leadoff double and then advanced to third on a flyout in foul territory. Cam Chick hit an RBI single to drive in Gomes. After a flyout, Jaxon Hallmark drew a walk to put two runners on. Joe Acker blistered a triple to drive in both runners.
In the fifth inning, Gomes reached on an error in the leadoff spot and then advanced to second on a groundout. Chick singled to put two runners on before Altavilla drew a walk to load the bases. Jaxon Hallmark hit an RBI single before Acker laced an RBI single of his own. After Carter Cross reached on a fielder’s choice, NU tacked on another run via wild pitch.
The Spartans scored both of their runs in the eighth inning when pinch hitter Casey Mayes hit a two-run home run.
During Friday’s doubleheader, Nebraska defeated MSU by scores of 4-1 and 5-2.
The Huskers return to action on Tuesday night when they face intrastate rival Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (CT).
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (10-7, 2-0 Big Ten) completed a doubleheader sweep over Michigan State with a 5-2 win in Game 2 at Hawks Field on Friday evening.
As was the case in Game 1, the Huskers saw a strong outing from their starting pitcher, as senior lefty Nate Fisher went 7.1 innings and allowed only one run on five hits, while recording three strikeouts and no walks.
In Fisher’s last outing, he didn’t allow a hit in 8.0 innings at No. 21 Baylor on March 9. On Friday, the Spartans didn’t score until the eighth inning.
Nebraska pounced early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After each of the first two hitters flew out, Gunner Hellstrom reached on an error before Keegan Watson drew a walk. Jaxon Hallmark hit an infield single to load the bases. Colby Gomes smacked a two-RBI single to give the Huskers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Gomes added an RBI in the fifth, when he doubled to drive in Hallmark with two outs. NU tacked on two runs in the sixth inning. NU had runners on second and third with one out before Aaron Palensky’s single up the middle brought both of them in.
Michigan State scored two runs in the top of the eighth and threatened to cut into NU’s lead when the Spartans loaded the bases in the top of the ninth. However, Gomes took to the mound and earned his team-best fourth save of 2019 when he threw the final 1.0 inning. In addition to Fisher and Gomes, Robbie Palkert made a pitching appearance, throwing 0.2 inning of relief.
During the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, Nebraska won a 4-1 decision over Michigan State behind a complete game from senior Matt Waldron.
The series finale between Nebraska and Michigan State is scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CT).
The Nebraska men’s basketball team erased an early 12-point deficit and behind a big second half, the Huskers posted their first postseason victory in 11 years Wednesday night with an 80-76 win over Butler in a first-round NIT matchup at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers (19-16) trailed midway through the second half before a game-changing 14-2 run turned a one-point deficit into a 12-point lead. Nebraska then made enough plays down the stretch, winning by four points after Butler cut the lead to one with 1:31 remaining.
With the win – Nebraska first postseason victory since a 67-48 win over Charlotte in the first round of the 2008 NIT – the Huskers advanced to the second round to face TCU in Fort Worth, Texas Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Nebraska improved to 16-1 all-time at home in the NIT, and the Huskers are 3-0 against Big East teams this season. Butler, which was making its 13th postseason appearance in the last 14 years, saw its season end with a 16-17 record.
Isaiah Roby paced the Huskers with a career-high 28 points, and he just missed a double-double after grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. James Palmer added 23 points, while Glynn Watson Jr. scored 17 points, as Nebraska’s big three combined for 68 of NU’s 80 points. Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood added six points each to account for Nebraska's other 12 points. The Huskers’ 80 points were their most in eight postseason games, dating back to the 2004 NIT, when Nebraska scored 83 points in a one-point loss at Hawaii.
Sean McDermott had 14 points for Butler, which had four players in double figures. Paul Jorgensen chipped in 12 points, while Jordan Tucker and Aaron Thompson each scored 11 points, with Thompson adding a career-high 12 assists for his first career double-double.
Butler scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points to jump out to a 12-point lead less than five minutes into the contest. But Nebraska responded with an immediate 7-0 run of its own. Roby scored all seven points during the spurt, as the junior scored Nebraska’s first 11 points of the game.
Watson became the first Husker other than Roby to score when he knocked down a 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark to pull Nebraska within five. The 3-pointer ignited a 6-0 Husker run that trimmed the lead to two. A 5-0 Nebraska run two minutes later tied the game at 22-all, before Butler came right back with five straight points. But Palmer scored seven straight points to give Nebraska its first lead at 29-27 with one minute left in the half, and the Huskers took a one-point lead into the locker room.
Roby scored 17 points in the first half on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, while the rest of the Husker lineup was just 4-for-21 from the floor. Butler shot 44 percent in the first half, and the Bulldogs were 8-of-16 from the 3-point line.
Both teams came out on fire to start the second half, which saw eight lead changes in the first four minutes. Nebraska made its first six shots from the floor and used a 7-0 run to build a four-point lead. Butler answered with its own 7-0 run to regain the lead at 50-49 with 11:14 remaining, but the Bulldog’s would only lead once more.
Nebraska erased the Butler advantage with a 14-2 run, capped by a string of 10 consecutive points that put the Huskers up 64-53 with 6:26 to play. The Bulldogs pulled to within six two minutes later on back-to-back 3-pointers from McDermott. Butler continued to chip away and used an 8-2 run to pull within one at 71-70 with 1:31 remaining. But Nebraska scored seven of the next nine points and the Huskers hit all four of their free throws in the final minute, finishing 17-of-20 from the line in the second half.
The Huskers were 15-of-23 from the field in the second half, shooting a blistering 65.2 percent. Palmer (15), Watson (11) and Roby (11) each scored in double figures in the second half, while Trueblood had all six of his career-high six points in the final 20 minutes.
The Huskers will take on TCU, an 82-69 win over Sam Houston State, in the second round Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the Husker Sports Network and carried on ESPNU.