Huskers Not Enough in 5-3 Loss in Game 2
Surprise, Ariz. – Despite out-hitting No. 7 Oregon State, the Nebraska baseball team (3-3) fell by a 5-3 margin to the Beavers during the second game of a doubleheader at Surprise Stadium on Friday night.
The two teams were tied 3-3 after seven innings before the Beavers pulled ahead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Huskers managed nine hits on the night, while Oregon State recorded seven. During the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, OSU won an 8-2 decision.
Senior Mike Waldron had a career night on the mound, throwing 5.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He recorded a career-high nine strikeouts, while allowing only one hit.
Freshman left-hander Kyle Perry, making his first career start and second appearance, went 1.1 innings and allowed three runs. Nebraska also saw action out of the bullpen from Shay Schanaman (0.2 inning) and Robbie Palkert (1.0).
In the opening frame, each of the first three Husker hitters singled to load the bases. Three consecutive strikeouts ended the inning without any of them crossing the plate. Oregon State managed one hit, but left two runners stranded in a scoreless first inning.
The Beaver pitcher struck out the side in the top of the second. Oregon State scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Troy Claunch hit a leadoff home run before back-to-back walks put two runners on. Alex McGarry drove in both of them with a single.
Nebraska plated three runs in the top of the third to tie the score at 3-3. Spencer Schwellenbach hit a leadoff single before Mojo Hagge managed a one-out single of his own. Aaron Palensky drove in one run with his RBI single. Gunner Hellstrom doubled to drive in two runs before an inning-ending strikeout. OSU managed one hit in the bottom of the third, but no runs.
The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fourth. Waldron struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning.
Palensky reached on an error in the top of the fifth, but he was left stranded in a scoreless frame. The Beavers went down in order in the bottom of the fifth. Both teams went down in order in the sixth inning.
Schwellenbach managed a single, his third hit of the game, in the top of the seventh, but NU failed to score. Waldron struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh.
All three Husker batters were retired in the top of the eighth. Oregon State took a 5-3 lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Adley Rutschman hit a leadoff home run before Oregon State added an RBI single later in the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Carter Cross managed a single, but the Huskers couldn’t convert.
The Huskers and Beavers continue their series on Saturday with first pitch set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Surprise Stadium.