Huskers Host Bears for Doubleheader
Nebraska (2-7, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Northern Colorado (3-4, 0-0 Great West)
Wednesday, March 6 - 12:05 p.m. (CT)
LHP Aaron Bummer (0-0) vs. RHP Eian Raeber (0-0)
TBA vs. TBA
This Week: Following a two-game sweep of the New Mexico Lobos at Hawks Field this past weekend, the Nebraska baseball team (2-7, 0-0 Big Ten) continues its homestand on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts the Northern Colorado Bears (3-4, 0-0 Great West) for a doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m. The Huskers and Bears were set to play a two-game series starting on Tuesday, but impending weather forced the teams to postpone Tuesday's game and play a doubleheader on Wednesday.
There will be no TV coverage on Wednesday, but all both games will be streamed live on HuskersNSide, subscription required.
Nebraska holds a 36-5 advantage in the all-time series with the Bears, with the first meeting coming in 1986. After Nebraska swept a two-game home series in 1986, the Huskers traveled to Greeley for a four-game series in 1987, where the Bears won the series opener. Nebraska went on to take the next three games. The Bears first ever win in Lincoln came during the 1991 season, when they won 4-2 on March 9. The two teams split a two-game series at Hawks Field last season, with Nebraska winning game one, 12-3, and Northern Colorado responding with a win in game two, 6-4.
On the Radio: Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle 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 10.
TV: There is no television coverage of either game on Wednesday.
Web Stream: All three games this weekend will be streamed live on HuskersNSide, subscription is required. Information about HuskersNSide can be found by looking under the "Multimedia" tab at the top of Huskers.com. Subscriptions vary from $12.95 for one month to $54.95 for a one-year subscription.
Going for 2,000
The Nebraska baseball team is eight wins away from notching the 2,000th win in program history.
Dating back to the team's first season in 1889 when the team went 1-2, the Huskers entered the season ranked 45th all-time in the NCAA record books in wins.
Entering 2013, only 44 programs in NCAA history had won more than 2,000 games, while only two programs had posted 3,000 or more wins. Fordham entered the season ranked first all-time with 4,320 wins and Texas was second with 3,276 wins.
Home Sweet Hawks
The Nebraska baseball program is celebrating its 12th year at Hawks Field in 2012. The Huskers are 251-88-1 (.740) since opening the park on March 5, 2002 with a 23-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney.
After playing 31 homes games in 2012, the Huskers are set to host 20 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.
Home Winning Streak
With a 8-5 comeback win over New Mexico on Saturday, March 2, the Huskers have won their last 35 home openers dating back to the 1979 season. Nebraska is 12-0 all-time in home openers at Hawks Field.
Junior Christian DeLeon has been a welcome addition to the Husker pitching staff in 2013.
Projected to be a long-relief arm and a spot starter, DeLeon was throw into the weekend rotation to start the season and has been arguably the Huskers' top starter.
After holding USC to one run in his first career start on Feb. 17, the Richmond, Texas, native threw 6.0 innings against the Texas Longhorns in Austin on Feb. 23, striking out seven.
He then got even better in his first start at Hawks Field on March 3 against New Mexico, throwing 8.0 shutout innings against the Lobos to earn his first career win.
DeLeon holds a 1.45 ERA on the year and leads the team with 13 strikeouts, while issuing five walks.
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 nine games.
Kelly is hitting a team-high .394 (13-for-33) on the year, with three doubles.
He is the only Husker on the squad to produce a hit in all nine games this season and is three games away from tying his career-high 12 game hitting streak from last season.
Kelly also leads the squad with an on-base percentage of .474. Only one other Huskers, Chad Christensen at .421, has an on-base percentage over .400..
Hits in Bunches
Senior Chad Christensen has been tough on opposing pitchers this season, as the NU left fielder leads the team with five multi-hit games.
Christensen has produced three hits three times this season.
Pat Kelly is the only other Husker with more than one multi-hit game on the year, as he has produced a pair of hits in four games.
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 list.
Kash Kalkowski recently moved to ninth on the all-time list with 30 career HBP, as he has been hit a team-high four times this 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.
2013 Husker TV Schedule
The Huskers are slated to make four nationally-televised appearances on BTN, with another nine games streamed live on BTN.com (subscription required).
Four of the BTN.com streams will also be shown live across the state of Nebraska on NET.
Overall, all 21 Husker home games will be either on TV or streamed on the internet, as HuskersNSide will stream 14 games that weren't picked up by BTN or BTN.com.
2013 BTN Schedule
Friday, March 29 - Northwestern
Tuesday, April 16 - Arkansas
Friday, April 19 - at Purdue
Saturday, May 4 - Indiana
2013 NET & BTN.com Schedule
Tuesday, April 9 - Creighton (NET/BTN.com)
Friday, April 12 - Ohio State (NET/BTN.com)
Saturday, April 20 - at Purdue (BTN.com)
Sunday, April 21 - at Purdue (BTN.com)
Sunday, May 5 - Indiana (NET/BTN.com)
Friday, May 10 - at Minnesota (BTN.com)
Saturday, May 11 - at Minnesota (BTN.com)
Sunday, May 12 - at Minnesota (BTN.com)
Friday, May 17 - Michigan (NET/BTN.com)
Knock Out Blow
Producing big innings was a staple of Nebraska's offense a year ago, but through the first seven games of the year, the Huskers had scored more than two runs in an innings just once, when they plated three runs in the sixth inning at USC.
That all changed on Saturday, March 2 when the Huskers plated seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 0-5 hole into a 7-5 lead. Nebraska went on to win the game, 8-5, its first win of the 2013 season.
The Huskers batted around for the first time all season that inning, sending 12 hitters to the plate.