Lincoln - The Red squad struck first with one run in the bottom of the first inning, but a four-run third inning for the White team was the difference in a 6-3 win for the Whites in the first game of the Huskers' annual Red-White Series.
Kash Kalkowski and Bryan Peters each had two RBIs for the White team, while their pitching staff gave up one earned run and struck out seven Red batters. Offensively for the Reds, freshman Austin Darby blasted a triple to right field and Richard Stock, a transfer from USC, accounted for the team's two RBIs.
The top of the third opened with an error by shortstop Kurt Farmer on a ball of the bat of Michael Siwa and then pitcher Brandon Pierce walked Kevin Terry to give the White team runners on first and second with no outs. Following a strikeout by Ty Kildow, leadoff hitter Michael Pritchard beat out an infield single to Farmer to load the bases. Peters then worked a seven-pitch walk to tie the game at 1-1. Kale Kiser followed with a sac fly to center to score Terry before Kalkowski delivered a single to plate Peters and Pritchard.
Pritchard added another run in the fifth after reaching first on a two-out infield single and then stole second base. Peters followed with a single to center drive in Prichard, extending the White lead to 5-1.
The Red team entered the bottom of the seventh down 6-2, but had life following a lead-off single from Cory Burleson. Rich Sanguinetti moved Burleson to second on a fielder's choice and then Stock drove him in with a two-out single following a strikeout by Chad Christenson. Austin Christensen drew a walk to move Stock to second, which brought up the tying run in Farmer, but Chris Williams got him to ground out to end the game.
The Huskers will play game two of their three-game series tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a seven-inning game at Hawks Field, before wrapping up the series on Saturday with a nine-inning game at 11 a.m. Admission is free on both days and parking is free on Friday, but it will cost $25 to park on Saturday in the parking lot due to the football game. Fans are encouraged to try and find parking on the street.
Note - Stats are just a bit off due to Kiser and Burleson missing the first inning due to class… stat program doesn’t let you start with nine batters and then add a 10th after the game starts so I had to leave them in and count their at bats. Put them both on with HBP and Burleson came around to score in first to throw off the score.