(0-4, 0-0 Big Ten) at Texas (3-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Friday, Feb. 22 - 7 p.m. (CT)
RHP Brandon Pierce (0-1) vs. RHP Parker French (1-0)
Saturday, Feb. 23 - 1 p.m. (CT)
RHP Christian DeLeon vs. LHP Dillon Peters (1-0)
Sunday, Feb. 14 - Noon (CT)
RHP Ryan Hander (0-0) vs. RHP Nathan Thornhill (0-1)
This Week: The Nebraska baseball team (0-4, 0-0 Big Ten) heads back to Big 12
country this weekend as it heads to Austin, Texas, for a three-game series with
the No. 25 Texas Longhorns at Disch-Faulk Field. The series opens with a 7 p.m.
showdown on Friday night, continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. and concludes on
Sunday at Noon.
All three games will be shown live on the Longhorn
Network and at LonghornNetwork.com.
The Huskers and Longhorns have met 57 times, with
the all-time series starting in 1954. UT holds a one game advantage in the
series at 29-28. The Huskers and Longhorns last met during the 2011 season,
Nebraska's last in the Big 12, with UT coming to Lincoln for a three-game set.
Texas won the series, 2-1, but the Huskers took the series finale, 6-3.
Nebraska last traveled to Austin during the 2010
season when it opened conference play with the Longhorns. Texas took the
series, 2-1, winning the first and third games of the weekend.
On the Radio: Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Lane Grindle and
Jeff Culhane call all of the action on the Husker Sports Network - including
KLIN 1400 AM and 94.5 FM in Lincoln - and on the Internet at Huskers.com or the
Official Husker App. A complete list of HSN affiliates can be found on page 13.
TV: All three games of this
weekend's series can be seen on the Longhorn Network. The Longhorn Network is
available on AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Grande Communications,
Consolidated Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Bay City
Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision. Longhorn
Network is now available online to Verizon FiOS and Grande Communications
subscribers at LonghornNetwork.com.
Sophomore Slump, Not so Far
After producing one of
the top freshman season in recent memory at Nebraska, Pat Kelly, has started
his sophomore season on the right foot through four games.
Kelly is hitting .375
(6-for-16) on the year, with a pair of doubles.
He hit in the middle of the Husker lineup for the first two games of the
season, but following and injury to Michael Pritchard, Kelly moved to the
leadoff spot for games three and four.
Welcome to Nebraska
Tanner Lubach made the most of his Nebraska
debut with a home run in his first career game at CSU Bakersfield on Friday,
It was the first time a Husker had hit a
home run in their first career game since Chad Christensen hit a homer at Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 26, 2010.
Lubach, who transferred to Nebraska after
one season at Hutchinson CC, had a solid weekend in three games played, as the
Lincoln native hit .364 (4-for-11) with one homer and two RBIs.
Vogt of Confidence
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Head
Coach Darin Erstad announced the senior Dylan Vogt will be the team's closer.
Vogt may not be a typical closer though, as
the Omaha native may come into the game in the sixth or seventh innings if
Vogt became arguably the top arm in the
Husker pen last season, as he pitched 53.2 innings over 25 appearances, while
producing a blistering 1.84 ERA.
While striking out 34 and walking just 14,
Vogt gave up just five extra base hits all season, including no home runs.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Vogt was one of 75
players named to the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. He was one
of four Big Ten pitchers selected, joining Ohio State's Josh Dezse, Illinois'
Reid Roper and Northwestern's Kyle Ruchim.
A total of nine players made their Huskers
debut this past weekend in California.
Of the nine, four were position players,
including three players who saw time at catcher.
Five Huskers made their debut on the mound,
including Blinn CC transfer Christian DeLeon, who started against Southern Cal
on Sunday, Feb. 17.
It's Been Awhile
The last time the
Huskers started a season 0-4, they were still members of the Big Eight
Conference in 1994. NU was swept at Oral Roberts to start the year and then
lost at Wyoming, before winning games two and three with the Cowboys.
Nebraska hasn't started
a season 0-5 since 1976, when they lost four straight at Houston and then lost
at Rice, before beating the Owls in game six of the season.
Overall, the last time
the Huskers lost five straight games was during the 2011 season, when they lost
at Creighton, was swept at Texas A&M and lost the series opener at home to
Take it for the Team
Senior infielder Bryan Peters entered the
2013 season ranked fourth on Nebraska's career list 43 HBP.
Peters should easily move to the No. 3 spot
in 2013, and possibly have a chance at moving to the No. 2 spot on the all-time
In 2012, Kale Kiser moved to third on the
all-time list with 46 HBP after getting hit 14 times during his senior season.
DJ Belfonte (2007-10) sits second on the
career list with 59 HBP and Daniel Bruce (2002-05) holds the NU career record
with 67 HBP.
NU Career Hit-by-Pitch
1. 67 Daniel Bruce 2002-05
2. 59 DJ Belfonte 2007-10
3. 46 Kale Kiser 2009-2012
4. 43 Bryan
5. 37 Alex Gordon 2003-05
37 Nick Sullivan 2006-09
7. 36 Jake Mort 2006-09
8. 34 Dave Crain 1994-95
9. 26 Brandt Vlieger 1999-00
26 Bryan Schmidt 1997-98
26 Derek Dukart 1993-94
Huskers Amp Up Schedule in 2013
The Nebraska baseball is set to play one of
the tougher schedules in the county during the 2013 season. The Huskers will
play 18 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, including two games against
2012 College World Series qualifier Arkansas at Hawks Field. The series with
the Razorbacks marks the third straight year that the Huskers have hosted a CWS
team from the previous season, as UCLA visited Lincoln in 2011 and California
split a four-game series at Hawks Field last season.
Nebraska has four teams on its 2013
schedule who were ranked in one of the four preseason polls, including
Arkansas, who was ranked No.1 in the country in three polls.
After playing 31 homes games in 2012, the
Huskers are set to host 21 games at Hawks Field in 2013, while playing 31 true
roads games and two neutral site games at the TD Ameritrade Classic in late
April. Head Coach Darin Erstad and his staff worked hard on setting up
challenging schedule that gets the team ready for not only the Big Ten
schedule, but to also make a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time
Nebraska is scheduled to play 19 of its
first 24 games on the road.
New Year, New Streak?
Last season, Michael Pritchard put together
one of the top individual performances at the plate, as he rattled off a
25-game hitting streak.
Pritchard tied Derek Dukart for the
third-longest hitting streak in NU history at 25 games.
The streak started in the Huskers' Big Ten
opener against Illinois on March 23, when the Pritchard produced two hits. It
came to an end on May 11 in NU's series opener against Minnesota at Hawks
Pritchard notched at least a pair of hits
10 times during the streak, including three or more hits twice.
Teammate Richard Stock also put together
quite a streak of his own at 21 games, marking the first time in school history
that a pair of Huskers produced hit streaks of 20 or more games in the same
Francis Collins holds the NU school record
with a 38-game hitting streak in 1996, while Ken Ramos is second with a 28-game
streak in 1987.
For his efforts, Pritchard was named a 2012
third-team All-American by the NCBWA and was a 2013 preseason second-team NCBWA
The Bolt Effect
The Husker offense saw major improvement
under the direction of Associate Head Coach Will Bolt.
Looking at NU's numbers in 2012, compared
to its offensive output in 2011, the Huskers were a drastically improved team.
Nebraska struck out 106 fewer times, walked
five more times, produced 150 more hits, scored 114 more runs, drove in 107
more runs, hit 45 points higher as a team at .315 and had saw its team on-base
percentage go up 25 points.
NU Signs Versatile Class
Nebraska's 2013 signing class includes a
talented group of 12 prep players and one junior-college transfer.
The 13-player signing class hails from
eight different states throughout the Midwest, including a group-high four
players from Minnesota. Nebraska also signed a pair of standouts from both Iowa
and Colorado, while adding one future Husker each from Nebraska, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas and South Dakota.
Nebraska's coaching staff assembled an
athletic class, as multiple players have to ability to play multiple positions
The class contains nine players that are
ranked in the top-1,000 by Perfect Game, including a six top-500 prospects and
one top-20 player. 10 of the prep standouts are regarded as top-20 players in
their state, including five who are tabbed as a top-five prospects.
Huskers Picked Second by League Coaches
The Big Ten coaches have picked Nebraska to
finish second out of the league's 11 teams in 2013. One senior and a pair of
Husker juniors were also named to the 'Players to Watch List', including senior
right-handled pitcher Dylan Vogt, as well as junior outfielder Michael
Pritchard and junior right-handed pitcher Brandon Pierce.
Indiana was picked as the league favorite
by the coaches. The Hoosiers finished second in both the regular-season
standings and at the conference tournament to the Purdue Boilermakers.