Leininger name NBCA player of the year
The Nebraska Basketball Coaches Association has named
Huskers Hammer Wildcats, 11-1
Lincoln – Nebraska’s offense plated 11 runs on 11 hits, while the pitching staff limited the Kansas State Wildcats to one run on three hits in an 11-1 Husker victory on Tuesday night at Hawks Field. The Huskers are now 8-2 over their last 10 games and 13-10 on the year heading into Big Ten play this weekend at Indiana, while the Wildcats fell to 15-10 on the season.
14 different Huskers got an at-bat on Tuesday night, with Angelo Altavilla and Ben Miller each recording a pair of hits. Altavilla and Jake Schleppenbach each doubled, while freshman Luke Roskam hit his first home run as a Husker.
On a scheduled short start Matt Waldron didn’t allow a hit over 3.0 shutout innings. The sophomore right hander walked two and struck out two.
Four relievers worked behind Waldron and combined to allow on run on three hits and one walk.
Waldron retired the Wildcats in order to start the game and then NU’s offense scored six runs, thanks to KSU starter Caleb Littlejim’s inability to throw strikes. The Wildcat freshman walked each of the first three batters he faced and then hit Scott Schreiber, plating the game’s first run. Miller followed with a RBI single and the Wildcats went to reliever Kasey Ford. With the bases loaded and no out, Ford was welcomed by a RBI single from Luis Alvarado, making it 3-0 Huskers. Ford got consecutive outs and was one strike away from ending the frame, but with a 2-2 count Schleppenbach roped a two-RBI double to the right-center-field gap, and an error on the play also allowed Jesse Wilkening to score. Mojo Hagge stepped in for his second at-bat of the inning and Ford was finally able to stop the bleeding with a strikeout, but not before the Huskers jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
The Huskers threatened against in the third when a leadoff single by Miller and a one-out single by Mike Waldron put two runners on. Ford stranded both runners and kept the Husker lead at 6-0 with a pair of fly outs
The Wildcats were held hitless through the first four innings and nearly the first five, but Jake Wodtke broke up the no hitter with a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Reece Eddins went right back to work and stranded him at first with an inning-ending 5-3 groundout.
Kansas State broke up the shutout the following inning when it cashed in a leadoff walk. Eddins walked No. 9 hitter Josh Ethier to start the sixth and he later scored on a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Jake Scudder.
The Huskers got the run back in the bottom of the sixth and added another, pushing their lead to 8-1. Both runs scored with two outs, with the first coming in on a RBI single by Hagge. Hagge later scored on following a pair of wild pitches from reliever Colton Kalmus.
Nebraska added a run in the seventh and then two more in the eighth, including a pinch-hit solo home run by Roskam with two out in the eighth.
The Huskers open Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series at Indiana. The series opener is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (CT) on Friday and it will be shown live on BTN.
Tri-City at Lincoln Final tilt against Stars
Lincoln, Neb. – For the ninth and final time this season, the Tri-City Storm (18-27-6-2, 44 pts., 8th Western) and Lincoln Stars (28-20-4-1, 61 pts., 5th Western) battle, with the ultimate match set Friday at 7:35 p.m in the state capital. The Storm is 3-4-1-0 against Lincoln and the Stars have taken the last two meetings. Tri-City is 2-1-1-0 at Lincoln.
The Storm dropped both home games to Muskegon last weekend and has points in three of the last five contests (2-2-1-0).
With seven games left, the Stars are six points back of Fargo for the fourth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Lincoln has alternated wins and losses the last two weekends (2-2-0-0) and is coming off of a victory against Bloomington last Saturday. The Storm returns home Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux Falls for “Casino Night”, presented by Midway Auto Dealerships. The Storm will have 25 concourse games and prizes from local sponsors. During intermission, fans can sign up for a chance to shoot and win a 2016 Jeep Renegade from Midway.
Huskers Take Opener at Cal Poly, 3-2
San Luis Obispo – The Nebraska baseball team (10-9, 0-0 Big Ten) held off a late charge by the Cal Poly Mustangs (7-13, 0-0 Big West) on Thursday night at Baggett Stadium, as the Huskers took the series opener 3-2.
The Huskers had a 3-0 lead after the sixth and the Mustangs cut the lead to one with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Mustangs managed just one base runner the rest of the game, as relievers Robbie Palkert and Luis Alvarado polished off the win. Palkert struck out three and tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, while Alvarado tossed a perfect ninth and struck out two for his second save of the season.
After tossing a career-high 6.2 innings last week against the College of Charleston, NU starter Jake Hohensee matched the outing on Thursday night. The junior allowed just one run on three hits and one walk over his 6.2 innings. Other than the second inning when Cal Poly loaded the bases with two out, Hohensee never allowed more than one runner to reach base and faced the minimum in an inning five times.
Cal Poly’s Erich Uelmen went 6.0 innings and struck out five Huskers, but did allow three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. The junior right hander cost himself a pair of runs in the first when a run scored on a failed pickoff and another on a wild pitch.
The Huskers were able to get Hohensee some early support, scoring a pair of runs in the first. Angelo Altavilla led off the game with a single but was then cleared off the bases on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jake Meyers. Scott Schreiber delivered the second hit of the inning, a single, and Meyers went 1st-to-3rd putting runners on the corners with one down. Uelmen then tried to pick off Schreiber at first, but instead threw the ball wide of the bag and Meyers easily scored to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead. With Schreiber in scoring position at second, Ben Miller flew out to right, but Schreiber tagged up and took third, which was important because with Luis Alvarado at the plate Uelmen uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Schreiber to score.
Working with a 2-0 lead, Hohensee put the Mustangs down in order in the bottom of the first. Cal Poly loaded the bases in the second on a hit-by-pitch, a single and a two out walk, but Hohensee got out of the jam with a 3-1 groundout. After the shaky second inning Hohensee got back in a groove and retired Cal Poly in order in both the third and fourth.
After giving up the single to Schreiber in the first, Uelman sat down 13 straight Huskers before Jake Schleppenbach worked a two-out walk in the fifth. Uelman went right back to work and got a fly out to end the frame.
Hohensee retired his eighth straight Mustang to start the bottom of the fifth before Scott Ogrin notched Cal Poly’s second hit of the game with a bloop single. Hohensee then got behind 3-0 to No. 9 hitter Jack Kuzma, but battled back to a full count and got Kuzma to bounce into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Following another quick inning from Hohensee, the Huskers added to their lead in the top of the sixth. Meyers picked up NU’s third hit of the game with a one-out single and looked like he might be stranded after Schreiber flew out. With Miller up and two down, Meyers stole second and then scored on a RBI double by Miller, which ended up being the game-winning run. Working with a 3-0 lead, Hohensee retired the top of Cal Poly’s lineup in order on six pitches in the bottom of the sixth.
Hohensee retired the first two Mustangs in the bottom of the seventh before Elijah Skipps dropped a single into right field. The Huskers went to reliever Jake McSteen, who gave up three straight soft singles that plated two runs. With the tying run at third base the Huskers brought in Palkert and the sophomore retired leadoff hitter Alex McKenna, keeping the Huskers in front, 3-2.
Palkert came back out for the bottom of the eighth to face Cal Poly’s 2-3-4 hitters. The right hander struck out the first two batters he faced before allowing a single to Nick Meyer. With the tying run on base Palkert struck out Kyle Marinconz to end the frame.
Alvarado took the mound in the ninth and made quick work of the Mustangs. Following a fly out to left, Alvarado struck out the final two Mustangs of the game.
The series continues tomorrow at 4 p.m. (CT). The game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m., but was moved up due to forecasted weather. Listen to the game in McCook on 93.9 The Zone & in Grand Island on KRGI 1430 AM & 106.9 FM.
Two-Out Runs Cost Huskers in 8-6 Loss
Bakersfield, Calif. – Playing in its first true road game of the season, the Nebraska baseball team (9-9, 0-0 Big Ten) held a 6-4 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (11-5, 0-0 WAC) scored four runs, all with two outs, on their way to an 8-6 comeback victory. While the Huskers scored three of their runs with two outs on the night, Bakersfield plated all eight of its runs with two outs.
The Huskers were 9-0 on the year when leading after seven innings, but couldn’t improve to 10-0 in that category. There were two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the bases were empty when the Roadrunners exploded for four runs on four hits and two walks. CSUB had seven players come to the plate during the two-out rally.
The loss overshadowed a solid night from the Nebraska offense that produced 13 hits, including multi-hit game from each of NU’s first four hitters. Jake Meyers and Scott Schreiber each had three-hit games.
CSUB’s lineup was even tougher though, as they totaled 16 hits, including multi-hit games from each of its first six hitters. Mahilk Jones led the way, going 3-for-3 with a game-high three RBIs.
After the Huskers stranded a pair of two-outs hits in the top of the first, including a double by Meyers, the Roadrunners got a two-out hit in bottom of the frame that plated two runs. Starter Matt Waldron gave up consecutive singles to the first two batters he faced, but then got two outs and was nearly out of the jam. Waldron was unable to escape unscathed though, as Ryan Grotjohn laced a two-RBI single back through the box. Waldron then hit Cole Valletta before he got an inning-ending fielder’s choice.
Waldron stranded a pair of runners in the bottom of the third and then the NU offense got him the lead with three runs on three hits and a CSUB error in the top of the fourth. The Huskers quickly had two on following a leadoff single by Schreiber and a walk to Ben Miller. Luis Alvarado got in a 1-2 hole before delivering a RBI single that got NU on the board. CSUB starter Garrett Nimmo then issued his second walk of the inning and the Huskers had the bases loaded for Jake Schleppenbach. The Lincoln native lifted the first pitch he saw into left field and it was just deep enough to score Miller from third, tying the game at 2-2. Nimmo nearly got out of the inning with a double play off the bat of Alex Raburn, but the Roadrunners couldn’t turn it and a throwing error not only scored Alvarado to give the Huskers’ their first lead of the night, but Raburn also moved to second. Mojo Hagge stepped in and notched NU’s third hit of the frame, but on the play Raburn was called out on a close play at the plate.
Working with a 3-2 lead, Waldron retired the Roadrunners in order in the bottom of the fourth after he had allowed at least one hit in each of the first three innings.
Waldron retired his fourth and fifth straight Roadrunners in the bottom of the fifth, but then ran into trouble. With two out and the bases empty Max Carter lifted a 2-2 offering over the left-field wall, tying the game at 3-3. Waldron then hit Grotjohn and Jones followed with a fly ball down the right-field line that dropped in front of a diving Hagge, resulting in a RBI triple. Waldron was able to strand Jones at third with a strikeout of Valletta.
The Huskers retook the lead in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs, both scoring with two outs. Angelo Altavilla led off with a single, but was cleared when he was caught stealing second. Meyers followed with a single and CSUB went to reliever Naithen Dewsnap, who was welcomed by a single from Schreiber, his third hit of the game. Dewsnap came back and struck out Miller for the second out of the inning. Alvarado stepped in and got behind 1-2 in the count, he then fouled off three pitches before lining a game-tying RBI single to right field. With runners on the corners Alvarado delay-stole second and when CSUB threw to second Schreiber scored to put the Huskers ahead, 5-4. Dewsnap was able to strand Alvarado at second with a fly out of the bat of Jesse Wilkening.
CSUB had two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but Chad Luensmann extinguished the threat with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. NU’s offense then added an insurance run in the eighth on a pair of two-out hits. Dewsnap retired the first two batters he faced before NU’s lineup rolled over. Hagge started a two-out rally with his third double of the season and then scored on a single by Altavilla, pushing the Husker lead to 6-4. Altavilla stole second to get in scoring position, but Dewsnap escaped the frame by striking out Meyers.
Luensmann quickly retired the first two batters in the bottom of eighth, but then the lineup rolled over and the Roadrunners put together a four-run two-out rally. CSUB got three straight singles, including a RBI single by David Metzgar. Carter then walked to load the bases and the Roadrunners tied the game without a hit or walk, as Luensmann was called for a balk. Grotjohn worked a walk to reload the bases and Jones delivered the big hit with a 2-RBI single on a 0-2 count. Nebraska went to Reece Eddins, who put an end to the bleeding with a strikeout. With two outs and no one on base the Roadrunners scored four runs on four hits, two walks and a balk.
Dewsnap retired the Huskers in order in the top of the ninth to complete the comeback.
The Huskers will be off tomorrow before opening a four-game series at Cal Poly on Thursday at 8 p.m. (CT). The Huskers and Mustangs will play four games in three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
Storm, Sammy’s Superheroes fight pediatric cancer Saturday
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation have partnered for the second straight season to fight pediatric cancer on “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank, Saturday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is a Nebraska-based pediatric cancer research and awareness group. Last season, the Storm raised just shy of $24,000 for the foundation.
Here’s a list of what the Storm will do to raise money for Sammy’s Superheroes and how fans can help.
1.Tri-City will wear one-night-only Sammy’s Superheroes jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
2.Fans that purchase tickets online or through the Viaero Center Box Office using the code “SUPERHEROES” will donate $5 from their $14 ticket to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Purchase tickets to the game here. The Box Office is open from 11am-6pmand the phone number is 308-338-8144.
3.The Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation will sell t-shirts and teddy bears at the game on the concourse and in the Storm Store to raise money. All proceeds go to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
The Storm will give away superhero capes to the first 1,000 kids in attendance. For the second straight season, Tri-City players will “buddy up” with children affected by cancer before the game and give the kids a game-day experience. The all-access experience includes skating out on the ice with the children for pregame introductions.Last season, Storm Captain Tory Dello gave his game-day experience to Sammy Nahorny, for whom the foundation is named, and the two remain in touch. The six players that buddied up with kids affected by cancer have made thank-you videos that will play during the game.
Tri-City and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation have made two joint appearances in the last week to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. On Tuesday, March 7, Storm players and coaches signed autographs for fans at First National Bank in Kearney. On Thursday, March 9, the Storm team bus stopped at First National Bank in Columbus, Nebraska for the second straight season and players met kids affected by cancer. See pictures of the event here.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation was founded on August 1, 2012, one day after Sammy Nahorny was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a solid tumor of the adrenal system. His mother, Erin, helped create the foundation as a support system for her family. The organization seeks to raise awareness for childhood cancer and donate funds to pediatric cancer research organizations.
The Storm’s engagement with the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is part of the team’s effort to help different organizations tackle cancer. Last season, Tri-City’s “Jerseys for a Cause” program raised more than $11,000, with about $2,000 of that going to the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Through two seasons, the Storm has raised more than $23,000 through Jerseys for a Cause. In 2014-15, Tri-City partnered with Team Jack, another organization dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer, raising more than $16,000 through t-shirt sales, a silent auction and Jerseys for a Cause.
The Storm is home on Friday, March 17 against Muskegon at 7:05 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, featuring $1 Coors Lights, green beer and koozie giveaway to the first 2,000 fans and a $5 Kids Friday.
Meyers Tosses Complete-Game Shutout
Friday - Western Carolina 5, Nebraska 2
Saturday - Western Carolina 8, Nebraska 2
Sunday - Nebraska 10, Western Carolina 0
Lincoln – Junior Jake Meyers recorded the first complete-game shutout of his career and the Husker offense exploded for 10 runs on 12 hits on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. With four runs on 15 hits through the first two games of the series, the Nebraska baseball team (6-8, 0-0 Big Ten) avoided a sweep by the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-8, 0-0 SoCon) with a 10-0 victory.
For the second straight Sunday Meyers was dominant on the mound. The lefty went a career-high 9.0 innings and allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out four. Meyers was efficient, needing 104 pitches for the complete game, and needed 10 pitches or less in an inning four times on the afternoon. Last week against previously unbeaten Arizona Meyers tossed 5.0 innings in a 1-0 shutout of the 2016 national runners up.
Following a leadoff double by Caleb Robinson in the fourth, Meyers retired 18 of the final 20 Catamounts he faced. Meyers sat WCU down in order in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, and needed just six pitches to get through the eighth.
The Catamounts never had more than one runner on base all afternoon and had a runner in scoring position just twice.
Meyers is the first Husker to record a complete-game shutout since May of last season when Matt Waldron did it against Penn State.
All nine Huskers notched a hit on the day, including three from Scott Schreiber and two from Alex Rabun. Schreiber was also one of four Huskers with a pair of RBIs on the afternoon, he was joined by Mojo Hagge, Angelo Altavilla and Jake Schleppenbach.
Western Carolina got a pair of 7.0-inning outings from its starters in the first two games of the series, but had to go to its bullpen early on Sunday. Junior Brendan Nail was unable to get out of the third inning, as he gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks over 2.2 innings.
After Meyers hung a zero on the board in the top of the first the Husker offense gave him a 2-0 lead. Hagge led off with a single and Altavilla was hit-by-pitch to put two runners on and no out. The Catamounts caught a break when Meyers hit into a 5-3 double play, but the Huskers still had Altavilla at second with two down. Schreiber stepped in and picked up his 10th RBI of the season with a single to right field. Without an RBI on the season, Ben Miller belted a two-out RBI double to left field that plated Schreiber and gave Miller his 100th career RBI.
Meyers made quick work of the Catamounts in the second and NU’s offense went back to work, scoring three times in the second for a 5-0 lead. Raburn and Brady Childs started the frame with back-to-back singles and Schleppenbach drove both in with his first career triple. Hagge then picked up his fifth RBI of the season with a RBI groundout. Later in the inning Meyers notched a two-out single and Schreiber followed with a single, but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
All nine Huskers came to the plate in the third and the Huskers added three more runs to take a 8-0 lead. After not allowing a walk in the first two innings, Nail issued four in the third. With two outs and the bases full following a two-out walk to Schleppenbach, Nail issued his fourth walk of the inning to Hagge and the freshman picked up his second RBI of the game. WCU went to reliever Chad Mabini, who gave up a two-RBI single to Altavilla and then walked Meyers to reload the bases. Mabini finally put an end to the bleeding with a groundout off the bat of Schreiber.
The Huskers picked up another two-out run in the fifth, increasing their lead to 9-0. Meyers worked a two-out walk and then scored all the way from first on double by Schreiber, his third hit of the game. Meyers scored again with two outs in the eighth when he was hit-by-pitch to open the frame before later scoring on a double by Luis Alvarado.
The Huskers will be back on the field next weekend at Hawks Field when they host the College of Charleston Cougars for a three-game series. The series opener is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4:05 p.m.
Boys State Basketball Recaps
Norfolk defeats Monarchs in Class A for 1st title since 1987
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lane McCallum scored 18 points to lead Norfolk to a 68-49 victory over Papillion-LaVista in the Class A boys basketball final Saturday night, the Panthers' first state championship since 1987.
Logan Strom scored seven points as the Panthers (23-4) went on a 17-0 run in the middle of the game to turn a 21-14 deficit into a 31-21 lead. Papillion-LaVista pulled within four points late in the third quarter but was down double digits throughout the fourth.
Strom finished had 12 points to go with 17 rebounds, and Christian Eisenhauer had 13 points.
Ayo Akinwole had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Monarchs (24-5). Ed Chang, one of the top players in the state, was limited because of an ankle injury and had 10 points and five rebounds.
Norfolk was 0 for 13 on 3-pointers but outscored the Monarchs 38-6 in the paint. The Panthers were 28 of 38 on free throws.
Johnson hits late 3 to give Gretna another title in Class B
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Joseph Johnson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with nine seconds left, and Gretna repeated asClassB champion with a 55-53 victory over Scottsbluff on Saturday in a rematch of last year's title game.
Dru Kuxhausen missed a 3-pointer with a second to play, allowing the Dragons (27-2) to win the sixth boys basketball championship in school history.
Trey Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Gretna, and Zachary Imig also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Tyler Sullivan added 12 points for the Dragons.
Kuxhuasen went 5 for 8 on 3-pointers while leading Scottsbluff (26-3) with 19 points. Landon Walker had 14 points to go with 14 rebounds, and Gabriel Patton had 11 points.
Gretna outscored the Bearcats 36-16 in the paint and held a 36-27 rebounding advantage.
Bishop Neumann beats crosstown rival Wahoo, defends C1 title
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jaxon Simons made six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points, and Bishop Neumann won its second straight ClassC1 boys championship and third in four years with an 80-57 victory over crosstown rivalWahoo on Saturday.
Noah Vedral added 16 points and eight assists, and Reid Jurgensmeier had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers (26-3). Simons also had four steals.
Neumann never trailed and led by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Ruzicka led the Warriors (22-6) with 18 points and five rebounds, and Will Shanahan added 13 points and five boards.
Neumann shot 57 percent overall and made 13 of 26 3-pointers. The Cavaliers had 20 assists on their 29 field goals.
It was the second time in four years that the schools have met in the final. The schools are separated by 1.9 miles in the Saunders County town of 4,500.
Ponca beats Warriors in C2 final for 1st title in 10 years
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Logan Kingsbury had 16 points, Carter Kingsbury made four 3-pointers while scoring 13, and Ponca won its first boys basketball state championship in 10 years with a 52-45 victory over Neligh-Oakdale in the ClassC2 final Saturday.
The Indians (27-4) never trailed against the senior-dominated Warriors (26-4).
Neligh-Oakdale got 14 points apiece from Grant White and Tyson Belitz, who also grabbed nine rebounds.
Derrek Touney's only basket of the game, a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, gave Ponca its biggest lead, 17-7. The Warriors twice came back to tie, but they could never go in front.
Ponca outscored the Warriors 21-10 at the foul line, and its bench held a 20-3 scoring advantage.
Lourdes Central Catholic tops Bluejays, repeats as D1 champ
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hayden Miller's 3-pointer tied it and Brandon Friedrichs' layup gave Lourdes Central Catholic the lead for good late in the third quarter, and the Knights won their second straight state championship with a 47-44 victory over Guardian Angels Central Catholic in the ClassD1 final Saturday.
Quinten Vasa led Lourdes (24-5) with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and he also had five rebounds and blocked four shots. Miller added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Nolan Plagge, who missed what would have been a tying 3-pointer late in the game, finished with 13 points for the Bluejays (16-14). Guardian Angels, which overcame a 1-5 start to the season to reach the state final for the first time since 2011, also got 13 points from Mitchell Hass and 12 points and 10 rebounds from Kobe Slaughter.
There were seven lead changes and seven ties.
Mullen earns 1st state title with win over Mead in D2 final
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Luke Christen scored off an inbound pass with 6.5 seconds left, and Mullen defeated Mead 29-28 in the ClassD2 boys basketball final Saturday night for the Broncos' first state championship.
Josh Quinn had given the Raiders a one-point lead when he drove the lane for a basket with 15 seconds left. Mead's Zachary Pickworth had two chances after Christen scored the go-ahead basket, but he had a shot blocked by Samuel Vinton and missed with a desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Tell Spies had eight points and eight rebounds to lead Mullen (27-2) and Brode McIntosh had six points.
Quinn scored 12 of Mead's 16 second-half points and finished with 14 for Mead. Dylan Taylor had seven points to go with 10 rebounds.
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Huskers End Weekend with 4-3 Win Over Utah
Surprise, Ariz. – After dropping a 7-5 decision to the defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes (5-2, 0-0 Pac-12) on Friday night, the Nebraska baseball team (2-4, 0-0 Big Ten) responded with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers outhit the Utes, 10-3, on the day, while relievers Chad Luensmann and Luis Alvarado combined for 4.2 shutout innings, with Luensmann earning his first win of the season and Alvarado earning his first career save.
Freshman Mojo Hagge continued to swing a hot stick in 2017, as the Omaha native went 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Sophomore Angelo Altavilla also produced a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5. In two games against the Utes this weekend Altavilla went 6-for-9 with three doubles and four RBIs.
After missing the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery, junior Jake Hohensee was back on the mound for the Huskers on Sunday. The junior from Lincoln hadn’t pitched in a college game in 653 days and showed little rust, as he retired the first six batters he faced. Hohensee went 4.1 innings for the Huskers and was tagged for three runs on two hits, but only one run was earned.
For the first time all weekend the Huskers took a lead, scoring a run in the top of the first on a two-out single by Scott Schreiber. Hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season Hagge led off the game with a single and was soon at third following a two-base throwing error on a failed pickoff by Utah starter Josh Lapiana. The Utah lefty responded with back-to-back strikeouts and nearly got out of the jam, but Schreiber came through with a RBI single to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
Hohensee then took the mound for the first time since he threw at Illinois on May 15, 2015, and put the Utes down in order, including strikeouts of the first two batters he faced. Hohensee retired the first six Utes he faced before issuing a leadoff walk to Chandler Anderson in the third. Hohensee retired the next two batters and then picked off Anderson to face the minimum though three innings.
Nebraska’s offense then went to work and tacked on three runs to give Hohensee a 4-0 lead. A leadoff walk by Schreiber along with back-to-back singles by Alvarado and Luke Roskam quickly loaded the bases for the Huskers with no out. Mike Waldron worked a walk that plated a run before Lapiana struck out Brady Childs for the first out of the inning. Lapiana nearly got an inning-ending double play off the bat of Alex Raburn, but the Husker shortstop beat the throw to first and another run came into score. The NU lineup rolled over and Hagge picked up his second hit of the game, a RBI single that plated Roskam. Lapiana put an end to the top of the fourth with his seventh strikeout of the game.
Utah answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a Husker error. DaShawn Keirsey Jr. led off with a triple and after a ground out the Utes had runners on the corners following a walk to Dallas Carroll. Hohensee executed and got what looked to be a potential 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Hunter Simmons, but the ball went under Raburn’s glove at shortstop, which scored a run and continued the inning. After a walk loaded the bases, the Utes got a RBI single and a sacrifice fly before a groundout ended the frame, but not before the Utes cut Nebraska’s lead to 4-3.
The Utes had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with one out in the fifth for their No. 3 and 4 hitters, but Luensmann came in and ended the threat with a strikeout and a fly out to keep the Huskers in front.
After coming on in the fifth Luensmann retired 10 straight Utes before plunking Hunter Simmons with two out in the bottom of the eighth. The right hander went right back to work and got a pop out off the bat of Josh Rose to end the inning.
With a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth the Huskers turned the ball to Alvarado, who was making his second career appearance on the mound and first save opportunity. Wade Gulden welcomed Alvarado with a line-drive single to center, putting the tying run on base. Alvarado responded with a strikeout, a fly out and a groundout to end the game.
The Huskers will be back in action next weekend at the Frisco College Classic in Frisco, Texas. The Huskers will face Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Arizona over three days at Dr Pepper Ballpark, starting with the Cowboys on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.