Waldron Shuts Down Spartans in Game 1
Lincoln, Neb. – Senior right-hander Matt Waldron threw a complete game to help Nebraska (9-7, 1-0 Big Ten) take down Michigan State, 4-1, during the first game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday afternoon.
Waldron, making his third start of the season, earned his second career complete game and his first since 2016 when he went the distance against Penn State. It marks the first complete game by a Husker pitcher since March 12, 2017 when Jake Meyers tossed 9.0 innings against Western Carolina.
Waldron allowed only two hits and one run on Friday against the Spartans. He recorded six strikeouts to surpass 191 career strikeouts and earn a spot in Nebraska’s top-10 career strikeouts list. He didn’t allow any walks and improves to 3-0 this season.
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, the Spartans scored first when Adam Proctor hit a solo home run in the top of the third.
Nebraska scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk before Aaron Palensky laced an RBI double to drive him in. Keegan Watson was hit-by-pitch to put two runners on, but both were left stranded as the score remained deadlocked at 1-1.
In the seventh inning, Nebraska took the lead for good with three runs. Cam Chick hit a leadoff single before a sacrifice but advanced him to second. Alex Henwood walked to put two runners on before Carter Cross reached on an error to load the bases. Angelo Altavilla walked to drive in one run before Palensky’s sacrifice fly brought in another run. Watson blistered an RBI single to drive in the third run for the Big Red.
The second game of today’s doubleheader starts at 6:10 p.m. (CT).