Huskers Host Buckeyes for Big Ten Showdown
Probable Starters: RHP Christian DeLeon (3-2) vs. RHP Jaron Long (4-2)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Saturday, April 13 – 2:05 p.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: LHP Aaron Bummer (1-0) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (5-0)
Stream: HuskersNSide (subscription required)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Sunday, April 14 – 1:05 p.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: LHP Tyler King (1-2) vs. LHP Brian King (4-4)
Stream: HuskersNSide (subscription required)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Up Next for the Huskers
The Nebraska baseball team (13-17, 7-2 Big Ten) was scheduled to start a six-game homestand on Tuesday night with the No. 30 Creighton Bluejays, but rain canceled the game.
The Huskers now start a five-game homestand on Friday, starting with a three-game Big Ten series against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Following the weekend series with the Buckeyes, Nebraska welcomes the Arkansas Razorbacks for a pair of midweek games next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The five-game homestand is the longest this season at Hawks Field, with the previous longest homestand being four games. The rest of the year, Nebraska isn’t scheduled to play more than three-straight games at home.
Last season, the Huskers played 17-straight home games in the month of March.
The Huskers are coming off a 2-1 series win at Iowa, where they nearly posted a sweep of the Hawkeyes, but fell, 6-5, in Sunday’s series finale.
With the series win, the Huskers won their fifth straight conference series dating back to last season and won three straight conference series in the same season for the first time since 2008.
On the Radio this Weekend
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 14.
TV Coverage this Week
Friday’s game with Ohio State is scheduled to be shown across the state of Nebraska on NET.
Time Warner (SD-12, HD-1012)
DISH Network (SD/HD-12)
Next Tuesday’s game with Arkansas is scheduled to be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
Time Warner (SD-24, HD-333)
DISH Network (SD/HD-439)
Web Streams this Week
Friday’s game with Ohio State will also be shown live on BTN.com (subscription required).
Saturday’s and Sunday’s games with Ohio State will be shown live on HuskersNSide (subscription required).
Next Tuesday’s game with Arkansas will also be shown on BTN2Go.com, while Wednesday’s game with the Razorbacks will be streamed on HuskersNSide (subscription required).
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 21-10 overall record and a 5-4 record during Big Ten play. The Buckeyes sit fifth in the Big Ten standing, but are only a 0.5 game behind both Minnesota and Michigan, who are tied for third.
The Buckeyes have played most of their game at neutral sites this year, 11, while playing 10 home games and 10 away games, including a 6-4 record in true road games.
OSU started conference play on a high note with a sweep at Purdue, but then dropped back-to-back series when it dropped 2-of-3 against Michigan State at home before losing 2-of-3 at Minnesota last weekend. In both series losses, the Buckeyes lone win came on Saturday.
Like the Huskers, the Buckeyes have had a pair of games get canceled this year. OSU canceled its games with Toledo on March 26 and then was unable to play at Ohio the following day.
Offensively the Buckeyes are a lefty heavy team that hits .270, with three regulars hitting over .300.
Kirby Pellant leads the team with a .338 average and also leads the squad with three triples.
Pat Porter is third on the team with a .315 average, while leading the team in runs (26) and has eight of OSU’s 45 doubles. Porter hit just four doubles last season.
Jacob Bosiokovic had three of OSU’s eight homers, while Porter is the only other Buckeye with more than one homer, with two.
OSU steals bases at a 71% clip, as they’ll taken 48 bases in 68 attempts, with Joe Ciamacco perfect on the year at 13-for-13.
The Buckeyes will send junior Jaron Long to the mound on Friday night. A first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Long is 4-2 on the year with a 2.65 ERA. He is one of two Buckeyes to throw more than 50.0 innings on the year (54.1) and has OSU’s lone complete game of the season, coming in an 11-0 win over Harvard in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Long has given up 17 runs (16 earned) on 55 hits. He has walked just six batters, while striking out 30.
After sitting out the past two season, Brad Goldberg has been outstanding for the Buckeyes with a 5-0 record. The 6-4 senior is yet to allow more than two earned runs in a start this season, giving up 12 runs (nine earned) over 43.2 innings of work. Goldberg brings a 1.85 ERA into Saturday and leads the team with 39 strikeouts, but has also issued a team-high 23 walks.
Brian King is set to take the mound on Sunday and sits 4-4 on the year with a 2.63 ERA. Last weekend at Minnesota, King allowed one earned run on three hits over 7.0 innings, but took the loss in a 1-0 game. The senior lefty leads the team in inning pitched at 54.2 and pounds the zone with 34 strikeouts to seven walks. He has given up a team-high four homers.
Reliever Trace Dempsey leads the Big Ten with 10 saves and is tied leads the Big Ten with 17 appearance.
Since taking over as Nebraska’s leadoff hitter at Cal State Fullerton on March 19, Rich Sanguinetti has turned around his season senior season.
Over the past 13 games, Sanguinetti leads the team with a .391 batting average, while producing four doubles and five RBIs. He has posted a .443 on-base percentage and is slugging .453.
A first-team All-Big Ten pick a year ago, Sanguinetti has eight multi-hit games in the 13-game stretch, including a four-hit game and three, three-hit games.
He is also currently riding an 11-game hit streak into Friday’s game with Ohio State.
Since switching to the leadoff spot, Sanguinetti has seen his overall season average rise over .100 points from .175 to .289.
Over Nebraska’s first 17 games of the season, Sanguinetti hit .175 with just two multi-hit games.
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 has started its first three series on the right foot, going 3-0 in Big Ten series openers.
Nebraska started the Big Ten play with a 9-5 win on Friday, March 22 at Illinois. The teams then split a doubleheader on Saturday, earning the Huskers a series win, 2-1.
The Huskers improved 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 took its third series opener of the year with a 12-5 win at Iowa on Friday, April 5. Nebraska won the series, 2-1, to win its fifth straight conference series dating back to last season.
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 1-3 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.
The last time Nebraska won four straight conference series openers to start the season was 2008, when the Huskers won series openers over Kansas State (2-1), Oklahoma (4-2), Texas (14-4) and Texas Tech (6-2).
We’re Going Streaking
Five Huskers have put together hitting streaks of 11 or more games this year, including three that are active entering Friday’s game with Ohio State.
Austin Darby holds the longest active streak on the team at 15 games, while both Michael Pritchard and Rich Sanguinetti have active 11-game hitting streaks.
Chad Christensen put together a career-long 15-game hitting streak earlier this year and Kash Kalkowski had an 11-game hitting streak get snapped on Sunday, April 7 against Iowa.
Last season, 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.
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 season.
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.
Three in a Row
Last weekend at Iowa, the Nebraska baseball team won its third-straight conference series in the same season for the first time since 2008, when it did it twice.
Dating back to last season, the Huskers have won five straight Big Ten series. Nebraska ended the 2012 regular season by sweeping Minnesota at home and by taking 2-of-3 at Michigan.
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.
From the end of the 2007 season through the beginning of the 2008 season, Nebraska won seven straight Big 12 series.
Darby Dialed In
Sophomore Austin Darby enters Friday with a 15-game hitting streak, the longest active streak on the team in 2013.
During the streak, Nebraska’s right fielder has been on fire with a .348 average (23-for-66), including one home run, one triple, three doubles and nine RBIs.
Darby has five multi-hit games during the streak, including a three-game stretch where he had three hits in each game.
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 .353 average (46-for-120) and is tied with Austin Darby for the team lead in RBIs with 18 each.
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.
The Husker bats have come alive during Big Ten play, as Nebraska leads the Big Ten in batting average (.359), on-base percentage (.419), runs (77), hits (134) and RBIs (70), while also ranking second in walks (34).
In Nebraska’s first 19 games of the season, the Huskers averaged 7.5 hits per game, but have nearly doubled the total with 14.9 hits per game during conference play.
Sophomore Josh Roeder has been tough on opposing hitters this season with a 0.57 ERA. Over 15.2 innings of work, the transfer from Louisburg College his given up just six hits, while striking out 14.
Roeder 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.
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 .336 average and is tied with Michael Pritchard for the team lead with six doubles.
During Big Ten play, Kelly is tied with teammate Chad Christensen for the conference lead with 20 hits each, while NU leadoff hitter Rich Sanguinetti is third with 19 hits.
Senior Dylan Vogt got off to a rough start this season, as he gave up four runs over 4.1 innings in his first two appearances of the season.
Vogt came back to thrown 13.1 shutout innings over his next nine appearances, earning four saves.
Vogt gave up his first run in over a month on March 29 when Northwestern was able to scratch across one run on three hits over three innings.
The Wildcats also scored two runs two days later in the series finale, but both runs were unearned as Vogt’s defense committed a pair of errors behind him.
In his last appearance at Iowa on Saturday, April 6, Vogt delivered 3.0 innings of shutout ball on three hits. Nebraska’s pitching staff had allowed eight runs on 11 hits over the first 6.0 innings against the Hawkeyes.
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.
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.
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 the Huskers’ top starter, posting a 3-2 record.
The 6-3 righty has gone at least 6.0 innings in six of his eight starts, including a pair of 8.0-inning starts. The junior leads the team with 50.1 innings pitched.
DeLeon holds a 3.93 ERA on the year and leads the team with 26 strikeouts, while issuing nine walks.
Hits in Bunches
Senior Chad Christensen has been tough on opposing pitchers this season, as the NU left fielder leads the team with 14 of the Huskers’ 76 multi-hit games. Pat Kelly is close behind with 12 multi-hit games, while Rich Sanguinetti has 10.
Christensen also leads the team with five, three-hit games, while Austin Darby is second with four, three-hit games.
Kelly had a pair of four-hit games, while Christensen, Sanguinetti and Kash Kalkowski each have one.
12 different Huskers have produced a multi-hit game this season, including nine who have a three-hit game.
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 19 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.
Nebraska was scheduled to play 21 home games in 2013, but two games have been canceled due to weather.
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 last time Nebraska swept more than one conference series at home in the same season was 2006, when the Huskers swept Texas A&M and Texas Tech at Hawks Field.
The Huskers are 13-17 on the season, but 10 of their 17 losses have come by two runs or less, including seven 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.