Austin, Texas - The Nebraska
baseball team (0-5, 0-0 Big Ten) took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning on
Friday night at Disch-Falk stadium, but in front of 6,004 fans the Texas
Longhorns (4-1, 0-0 Big 12) responded with the game's final seven runs to win
the series opener, 8-2.
Longhorns' knockout blow came in the bottom of the eighth, when they turned a
one-run advantage, 3-2, into a six run lead with five runs off three hits, two
walks and two HBP.
two offenses matched each other with nine hits each, but the Longhorns put the
ball in play more with three strikeouts, while the Huskers were fanned 12
Scheffert led the way offensively for Nebraska with a 3-for-4 performance at
the plate, including two doubles, the first two-double game of this career.
lasting just 2.0 innings in the season opener, NU starter Brandon Pierce fell
to 0-2 on the season, but gave the Huskers 5.2 solid innings back in his home
state. The junior righty sent the Longhorns down in order in the second and
fifth innings, while retiring 10 of the first 12 batters he faced.
starter Parker French improved to 2-0 on the year, but the Huskers did some
damage with a pair of runs off eight hits over 6.1 innings. In last Friday's
season opener, French pitched seven shutout innings and gave up just three
going down in order in the top of the first, the Husker bats came to life with a
pair of runs on four straight hits to take a 2-0 lead. Blake Headley got the
inning going with a one-out base hit, the game's first hit from either team.
Scheffert followed with a double that reached the left field wall, allowing
Headley to score from first. Austin Darby then came through with a single to
center that scored Scheffert. Tanner Lubach delivered NU's fourth straight hit
off French with a perfectly executed hit-and-run. Following a visit to the
mound, French got Jake Placzek to ground into a 6-3 double play to stop
Nebraska from getting to the top of its order.
continued the momentum into the bottom of the second, where he retired Texas'
5-6-7 hitters in order. The Longhorns picked up their first hit off Pierce to
start the third with a base knock from Codey McElroy, but Pierce responded with
three straight outs to keep UT scoreless through three innings.
Texas got on the board with a run in the fourth on three straight singles, Pierce
came back with a strong fifth inning, sending down the Longhorns in order. He
was unable to fly though the sixth though, as he gave up three walks and with
the bases loaded, McElroy delivered a two-out single to score a pair of runs.
Josh Roeder entered for his Nebraska debut and promptly retired Ben Johnson to
end the sixth with Texas leading, 3-2.
Huskers had the tying run in scoring position at second base in the top of the
seventh with one out, but was unable to get Placzek home. Ty Marlow relieved
French following a single from Pat Kelly and retired both Huskers he faced to
end NU's threat.
closer Corey Knebel took the mound in the eighth and struck out the first two
Huskers he faced, before Scheffert belted his second double of the game to put
the tying run in scoring position. Knebel came back and struck out Austin Darby
to strand Scheffert at second.
Longhorns added all the insurance Knebel needed in the bottom of the eighth
with five runs. Knebel walked the first two Huskers he faced in the top of the
ninth, but then struck out the top of NU's order to pick up his second save of
three-game series between the Huskers and Longhorns continues tomorrow at 1
p.m. Right-hander Christian DeLeon is scheduled to take the mound for Nebraska,
while Texas is set to counter with lefty Dillon Peters.