Huskers Take 5-1 Big Ten Record to Iowa
Probable Starters: RHP Christian DeLeon (2-2) vs. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-5)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Saturday, April 6 – 1:05 p.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: RHP Ryan Hander (0-2) vs. LHP Matt Dermody (5-1)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Sunday, April 7 – 1:05 p.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: RHP Tyler Niederklein (0-0) vs. TBA
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Up Next for the Huskers
The Nebraska baseball team (11-16, 5-1 Big Ten) continues Big Ten play this weekend with a trip to Iowa City, Iowa, for a three-game series with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Nebraska has won its first two Big Ten series this year and will be looking to earn its second straight conference series win over the Hawkeyes. The Huskers took 2-of-3 last year at Hawks Field in the first-ever Big Ten series between the two programs.
The series kicks off on Friday night with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch at Duane Banks Field. Games two and three of the series are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
None of the games will be shown on TV or video streamed on the internet.
Nebraska returns home next Tuesday, April 9 for a meeting with the Creighton Bluejays at Hawks Field. It will be the first of three meeting between the two instate programs.
Tuesday’s game will be shown across the state live on NET and nationally on BTN.com (subscription required), with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.
On the Radio this Weekend
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 Coverage this Week
None of Nebraska’s games this weekend in Iowa will be shown on TV.
Tuesday’s game with Creighton will be shown across the state of Nebraska on NET.
Time Warner (SD-12, HD-1012)
DISH Network (SD/HD-12)
Web Streams this Week
None of Nebraska’s games this weekend in Iowa will be streamed
Along with being shown on NET, Husker fans outside the state of Nebraska can watch the game on BTN.com (subscription required).
The Iowa Hawkeyes welcome the Huskers to Duane Banks Field this weekend for a three-game Big Ten series.
The Hawkeyes are 10-13 overall on the year and 1-5 in Big Ten play.
Iowa opened conference play by dropping 2-of-3 to Northwestern on the road and then was swept in its home opener last weekend by Big Ten leader Indiana
The Hawkeyes ended a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a 10-6 win over Western Illinois at home.
Kris Goodman leads the Hawkeyes’ offense with a .344 average and is one of just two regulars hitting over .300 on the year.
Jake Yacinich is just above .300 with a .301 average and leads the team with 16 RBIs. Three other Hawkeyes rank second on the team with 10 RBIs each.
Nick Day has the Hawkeyes’ lone home run on the year, while Iowa’s pitching staff has given up seven home runs.
The Hawkeyes will play small ball, as they average one sacrifice bunt per-game and have stolen 36 bases in 47 attempts.
Iowa ranks near the bottom of the Big Ten standing defensively with a .958 fielding percentage, as they’ve committed a conference-high 41 errors in 23 games.
The Hawkeyes will try to win the game on the mound behind their 3.56 team ERA. As a staff, they have 148 strikeouts to 72 walks.
Lefty Sasha Kuebel is scheduled to take the mound in the series opener and is 1-5 on the year with a 5.08 ERA in five starts and six total appearances. A second-team All-Big Ten pick and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American a year ago, Kuebel has given up 25 runs (19 earned) on 39 hits and 14 walks over 33.2 innings of work. Opposing teams are hitting .305 off the 6-1 sophomore from St. Louis.
Last season, Kuebel threw on Sunday against the Huskers, a game Nebraska won with a four-run ninth inning. Kuebel lasted 6.2 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.
Norwalk, Iowa, native Matt Dermody takes the mound on Saturday for the second straight year against the Huskers. The lefty is 5-1 on the year with a 3.04 ERA in seven starts.
Dermody threw a complete game to earn Iowa’s lone conference win this season in a 2-1 victory over Northwestern on Saturday, March 23. Dermody started the year 5-0, before losing his first game of the year last weekend to Indiana.
An imposing figure on the mound at 6-5, Dermody leads the Hawkeyes with 47.1 inning pitched, giving up 18 runs (16 earned) on 52 hits and 11 walks, while striking out 32.
Dermody lasted just 4.2 innings against Nebraska last year in Lincoln, giving up five runs (all earned) on seven hits. Nebraska won the game, 9-4, to even the series.
In the pen, Andrew Hanse leads the Hawkeyes in appearances with 10 (1 start), sporting a 1-1 record and a 3.26 ERA. Taylor Kaufman should also see significant time out of the pen with 27.1 innings of work over eight appearances.
Teams are hitting .282 off the Hawkeyes’ staff and have stolen 37 bases in 51 attempts.
Going for Three
This weekend at Iowa, the Nebraska baseball team will try win its third-straight conference series in the same season for the first time since 2008, then it did it twice.
The Huskers opened the 2008 season by winning four straight series before losing 2-of-3 at Oklahoma State. The Huskers then won their next three Big 12 series before dropping their final series of the year to Missouri.
Dating back to last season, the Huskers have won four straight Big Ten series. Nebraska ended the 2012 regular season by sweeping Minnesota at home and by taking 2-of-3 at Michigan.
We Have a Pulse
The Husker bats have come alive during Big Ten play, as Nebraska is hitting .350 as a team with 91 hits, an average of just over 15 hits per game.
In Nebraska’s first 19 games of the season, the Huskers averaged 7.5 hits per game.
After going 0-9 in Nebraska’s 16-inning Big Ten home opener against Northwestern last Friday night, sophomore Pat Kelly responded in games two and three of the series to lead Nebraska to a sweep of the Wildcats.
Kelly posted back-to-back four-hit games on Saturday and Sunday, while also driving in a season-high four runs in the series finale.
His two-RBI single in the top of the eighth inning drove in the eventual game-winning run.
On the year, Kelly is second on the team with a .333 average and is tied for the team lead with five doubles.
During Big Ten play, Kelly leads the conference with 15 hits, while Chad Christensen is tied for second with 12 hits.
We’ve Hit 2,000
The Nebraska baseball team recently topped 2,000 all-time wins with its 8-5 victory over Northwestern on Saturday, March 30..
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.
Join the Club
Senior Chad Christensen recently became the 14th player in Nebraska history to join the 200-hit club with his walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th inning against Northwestern on Friday, March 29.
On the year, Christensen leads the Huskers with a .352 average (38-for-108) and is second on the team with 15 RBIs.
He took a career-long 15-game hitting streak to Kansas State on Tuesday, but it was snapped with an 0-for-4 night at the plate.
Prior to Christensen, Jake Opitz was the last Husker to join the club, as he ended his four-year career in 2008 with 227 career hits.
Matt Hooper holds the school record with 338 career hits and is one of just two players in school history to have topped 300 hits. Jeff Leise sits second on the career charts with 305 career hits.
Darby Dialed In
Over the Huskers’ past 10 games, sophomore right fielder Austin Darby has been on fire with a .367 average (18-for-49), including one home run, one triple and three doubles.
Darby is one of four Huskers with five multi-hit games during the run, including three, three-hit games.
Get Out the Broom
Nebraska improved to 5-1 in Big Ten play last weekend with a three-game sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats at Hawks Field.
The Huskers have swept their past two Big Ten home series, as Nebraska swept Minnesota at the end of the 2012 season.
The last time Nebraska swept its first conference home series of the year was during the 2005 season, when the Huskers swept Oklahoma State to open Big 12 play.
The Huskers are 11-16 on the season, but nine of their 16 losses have come by two runs or less, including six losses by one run.
Four of the losses have been walk-off loses, including games at USC and Texas where Nebraska had the lead entering the bottom of the ninth.
Tough to Take Three Away from Home
The Huskers haven’t swept a conference road series since 2008, when Nebraska opened Big 12 play at Kansas State with a three-game sweep.
Since that weekend in March 2008, the Huskers have only been in position to sweep with wins in the first two games of a conference road series three times, with all three occasions also coming in 2008.
It was a Sweet 16
Husker fans and a national-TV audience on the Big Ten Network were treated to a 16-inning series opener between Nebraska and the Northwestern Wildcats in Nebraska’s Big Ten home opener on Friday, March 29.
In a game that last five hours and 16 minutes, the two teams combined to throw 522 pitches.
After the Huskers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out single from Tanner Lubach, neither team was able to score over the next six innings.
Chad Christensen put an end to the game just before midnight with a single to right field that scored Bryan Peters from third base.
It was the longest game in Hawks Field history since 2008 when the Huskers dropped a 16-inning game to Texas A&M, 6-3.
Home Sweet Hawks
The Nebraska baseball program is celebrating its 12th year at Hawks Field in 2013. The Huskers are 256-88-1 (.743) 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 three neutral site games at the TD Ameritrade Classic in late April.
Sophomore Josh Roeder has been tough on opposing hitters this season with a 0.69 ERA. Over 13.0 innings of work, the transfer from Louisberg College his given up just four hits, while striking out 14.
Roeder recently earned his first career save at Nebraska when he entered the game at No. 25 UC Irvine on March 16 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with no outs.
Roeder got pinch-hitter Jonathan Munoz to pop out for the first out of the inning and with the top of the Irvine order up, Roeder blew away Dominique Taylor with a fastball and closed out the win when he got pinch-hitter Ryan Cooper to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.
Last season the Huskers were 4-4 in Big Ten series openers, but only got back to .500 by winning their last three series openers.
This season, Nebraska got off to on the right foot with a 9-5 win on Friday, March 22 at Illinois to open conference play. The teams then split a doubleheader on Saturday, earning the Huskers a series win, 2-1.
The Huskers improve to 2-0 in series openers with a 9-8 16-inning win over Northwestern on Friday, March 29 at Hawks Field. Nebraska went on to sweep the three-game series to improve to 5-1 on the year in Big Ten play.
Nebraska lost on Friday night in four of its first five Big Ten series openers last season, including a loss to Illinois to open Big Ten play in Lincoln.
At home last season, Nebraska was 1-4 in Big Ten series openers, with the first win coming in its finale against Minnesota, as the Huskers swept the Gophers.
On the road last year, NU was 3-1 in conference series openers, with the only loss coming at Ohio State. Nebraska went on to win the series with the Buckeyes.