Lincoln, Neb. - Behind eight-shutout
innings from junior Christian DeLeon and a two-run home run from senior Josh
Scheffert, the Nebraska baseball team (2-5, 0-0 Big Ten) posted a two-game
sweep of the New Mexico Lobos (2-6, 0-0 Mountain West) with a 3-0 victory on
Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. The shutout win marked Nebraska's first home
shutout since March 19, 2011 when the Huskers won 6-0 over North Dakota in the
first game of a double header.
held the Lobo bats in check all afternoon, as New Mexico had a runner in
scoring position just three times against the 6-3 righty, with only one runner
reaching third base. Nebraska's defense rolled a pair of double plays behind
DeLeon, while he struck out five Lobos on the day. Leftfielder Chad Christensen
helped out his starter in the second when Mitch Garver led off with a single,
but was thrown out by Christensen at second base when Garver tried to stretch
the hit into a double.
worked himself out of a jam in the eighth when New Mexico had the tying run at
the plate with one down. DeLeon dug deep and struck out the Lobos' No. 2 and 3
hitters in order to kill the potential rally.
was limited to just five hits on the day, but was able to deliver in clutch
situations. Clinging to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth and two out, Christensen
roped a 0-2 double down the right field line for his second hit of the day. Scheffert
stepped in and quickly got behind 0-2 himself. The Lincoln native then fouled
off four straight pitches before New Mexico starter Sam Wolff tried to make him
chase a curve ball in the dirt. Still down in the count 1-2, Scheffert got a
fastball low in the zone and drove it over the left field wall for his first
home run of the season, giving the Husker pitching staff a 3-0 lead to work
into the ninth, Head Coach Darin Erstad called on senior Dylan Vogt to secure
the win. Vogt closed the door and earned his second save of the weekend.
not scoring until the sixth inning of yesterday's home opener, where the
Huskers exploded for seven runs, the NU bats gave DeLeon a 1-0 lead in the
first inning. The Huskers executed station-to-station and scored without
getting a hit, as Rich Sanguinetti led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice
bunt by Austin Darby, stole third base and scored on a RBI groundout by
homestand continues on Tuesday when the Huskers host the Northern Colorado
Bears for a two-game series. The Huskers and Bears are scheduled to play at
1:35 p.m. on both Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6. Fans can listen live
on the Husker Sports Network, including for free on Huskers.com, and both games
will be streamed live on HuskersNSide (subscription required).