Huskers Shut Out Michigan
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (28-19, 15-8 Big Ten) held Michigan to two hits in a 7-0 win over the Wolverines during the first game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday afternoon.
Leading 1-0, Nebraska scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take control of the game. Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 13th start of the season on the mound, threw 6.0 shutout innings and recorded seven strikeouts. For the second consecutive game, Robbie Palkert came out of the bullpen, this time throwing 2.0 perfect innings and notched three strikeouts. Max Schreiber tossed the final 1.0 inning for the Big Red.
The Huskers compiled 12 hits as a team, with multi-hit efforts from Spencer Schwellenbach (3), Jaxon Hallmark (2), Aaron Palensky (2), Gunner Hellstrom (2) and Alex Henwood (2).
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, Nebraska plated one run in the bottom of the third. Cam Chick hit a leadoff single before advancing to third on Palensky’s base hit. After a wild pitch advanced Palensky to second base, Joe Acker’s groundout drove in Chick for the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hellstrom laced a leadoff single before Schwellenbach’s base hit to put two runners on. Keegan Watson pinch ran for Hellstrom. Henwood reached on a bunt single and an errant throw by the Wolverine third baseman allowed Watson to score.
Following a strikeout, Hallmark smashed a three-run home run to left field, driving in Henwood and Schwellenbach. After a flyout, Palensky blistered a solo home run.
NU added one run in the bottom of the eighth. Henwood singled in the leadoff spot before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch.
The second game of the doubleheader, set for 8:02 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network.