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Huskers Head East for Series at The Citadel
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Courtesy: NU Media Relations
02/26/2014
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Friday, Feb. 28 - 4 p.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: RHP DeLeon (1-0) vs. TBA
TV: None
Stream: Free Radio (Huskers.com) | Video Stream (CitadelSports.com, $6.95)
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Saturday, March 1 –1 p.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: LHP Bummer (0-1) vs. TBA
TV: None
Stream: Free Radio (Huskers.com) | Video Stream (CitadelSports.com, $6.95)
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Sunday, March 2 – 11 a.m. (CT)
Probable Starters: RHP Sinclair (1-0) vs. TBA
TV: None
Stream: Free Radio (Huskers.com) | Video Stream (CitadelSports.com, $6.95)
Radio: Husker Sports Network

Up Next for the Huskers
The Nebraska baseball team heads back on the road for the third straight weekend, but instead of returning to the Phoenix area where they played the last two weekends, the Huskers are set to travel east to Charleston, S.C., for a three-game series at The Citadel.

The Huskers and Bulldogs open the series on Friday,  Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. (CT), continue with game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. and wrap up the series on Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games will be played Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, which is shared between The Citadel and the Charleston RiverDogs, the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

This weekend will be the first-ever series between the two teams, as they only met one previously. Nebraska opened the 2006 season at the Homewood Suites Shootout in Charleston. The Huskers went 3-1 at the tournament with wins over Charleston Southern, No. 19 North Carolina State and Richmond, but the No. 3 ranked Huskers lost to The Citadel, 8-5.

Senior Christian DeLeon is set to start on Friday for the third straight week and is coming off a 7.0-inning performance in a win over No. 1 Oregon State. The righty is 1-0 on the year with a 2.38 ERA over a team-high 11.1 innings of work.

Junior Aaron Bummer is scheduled to get the ball on Saturday and will be looking for his second win of the year after evening his record at 1-1 on the year following last week’s victory over Washington. Since joining the weekend rotation last year, Bummer has made nine starts and has gone less than 5.0 innings just twice.

Newcomer Chance Sinclair will get the nod in Sunday’s finale and will look to pitch like his first outing of the year and not like last weekend. Sinclair went 7.0 innings in his Husker debut against Gonzaga on Feb. 16, but struggled to find the plate against Utah last Sunday and lasted just 1.2 innings. The junior from Spring Hill, Kan., still holds a 0.00 ERA on the year over 8.2 innings of work and opposing hitters are hitting just .172.

The Citadel are yet to announce their rotation. The opening weekend the Bulldogs threw lefty James Reeves (1-0, 1.64 ERA), lefty Logan Cribb (0-1, 5.91 ERA) and righty Austin Livingston (0-2, 11.57 ERA), while this past weekend Cribb got the nod on Friday, Reeves threw on Saturday and Livingston pitched the finale for the second straight week.

On the Radio this Week
Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Lane Grindle and Ben McLaughlin 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. Due to men’s basketball, Saturday’s game will be 105.3 FM in Lincoln.

TV Coverage this Week
No TV coverage this weekend.

Web Streams this Week
A free radio stream of the game will be provided on Huskers.com. CitadelSports.com will provide a video stream of each game at a cost of $6.95.

Get on Base
Senior Michael Pritchard enters Friday’s game at The Citadel with an on-base streak of 49 games dating back to last season.

The streak betters Pritchard’s 31-game streak from 2012.

Since becoming a regular starter in 2012, Pritchard has played in 113 games and has failed to reach base by a hit, walk or hit-by-pinch in just eight games.

Including his freshman season in 2011, Pritchard has played in 147 games during his career and has failed to reach in 18 games.

During his career when Pritchard has at least three official at-bats in a game, he failed to reach base at least once just eight times.

Pritchard’s is the longest by a Husker since 2000. That is how long Nebraska game-by-game stats are available digitally.

Since 2000, 10 Huskers have reached base in 30 or more consecutive games.

Taking Down No. 1
Last Saturday at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz., the Nebraska baseball team took down No. 1 Oregon State, 9-2. The win came one week after the Huskers lost to the then No. 2 Beavers 7-4 in Tempe, Ariz.

Prior to beating the Beavers, Nebraska’s last win over a No. 1 ranked team came in the 2005 Big 12 home opener when the No. 4 ranked Huskers beat Texas, 4-3, in 16 innings at Hawks Field.

Last season the Huskers played 19 games against a ranked team and posted a 5-14 record.

The Huskers best wins came in a double-header sweep of Arkansas on April 16, as the Razorbacks were ranked 10th in the country.

DeLeon Delivers
After struggling in Nebraska’s season opener against Pacific on Feb. 14, when Christian DeLeon went just 4.1 innings in a no decision, the senior righty bounced back last Friday with a stellar 7.0 inning performance in a win over No. 1 Oregon State.

DeLeon gave up just one unearned run on four hits and one walk, while striking out five Beavers. He retired the first six batters he faced and produced a perfect 1-2-3 inning five times on the afternoon.

For his performance against the Beavers, DeLeon was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday, Feb. 24 by the conference office.

The honor was the first of DeLeon’s career and marked the first time a Husker pitcher has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week since the Huskers joined the conference prior to the 2012 season.

Since joining the Huskers from Blinn CC prior to last season, DeLeon has made 16 starts and has given the Huskers at least 7.0 innings eight times and has gone 8.0 innings four times.

Join the Club
Last season Chad Christensen became the 20th 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.

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.

Michael Pritchard is now looking to join the club, entering Friday he is 13 hits shy of 200 and ranks 21st in school history with 187 hits.

Matt Hopper 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.

Rely on Roeder
Junior Josh Roeder has picked up right where he left off in 2013, as the right-handed has earned a pair of saves in two appearances this year.

Roeder closed out wins over Pacific and Gonzaga, throwing 1.2 innings of shutout relief, while allowing two hits and no walks.

Roeder was a welcome addition to the Husker pitching staff in 2013, as he helped solidify the back end of NU’s bullpen. He ended the season with a team-best 1.74 ERA and six saves in 31.0 innings of work over 21 appearances. The 6-0 righty posted 29 strikeouts to seven walks (one intentional), while holding opposing hitters to a .209 average.

Roeder didn’t get an appearance last weekend, as Nebraska’s two wins came by scores of 9-2 and 13-3, while the Huskers never got the lead in a 4-3 loss to Utah.

Roeder is one of 50 pitchers named to the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch list, given annually to the top relief pitcher in college baseball.

Roeder was one of four Big Ten pitchers on the list, joining Michigan’s Jacob Cronenworth, Ohio State’s Trace Dempsey and Indiana’s Ryan Halstead.

Kelly Keeps Hitting
Opposing pitchers don’t want to see junior Pat Kelly after he has an 0-for-3 or worse game. Kelly was 0-for-3  in the season opener against Pacific and responded by going a career-best 5-for-5 against No. 2 Oregon State the next afternoon.

During 107 career games, Kelly has gone 0-for-3 or worse 17 times. Only twice those has he not produced at least one hit in the following game. Following three 0-for-games he has rallied with at least four hits.

Through seven games, Kelly leads the team with 12 hits, including three doubles and one triple.

Last season, Kelly led the team in hits with 85, while ranking third in batting average (.331), RBIs (33) and doubles (12). The Red Wing, Minn., native tied former first-team All-American John Cole (2001) for sixth in the single-season record book with 70 singles on the year.

Kelly is one of just six players in program history to produce 70 of more singles in a single season, while school-record holder Francis Collins (86 in 1997; 79 in 1996) achieved the feat twice.

Turning on the Jets
During the opening week of the season the Nebraska baseball team produced seven triples in four games, including three from Michael Pritchard. Overall through seven games, the Huskers have eight triples

Last season the Huskers didn’t have eight triples until the 49th game of the season on May 11 at Minnesota, and ended the year with 13 triples.

The single-season team record for triples is 38 by the 1980 squad, while Shawn Buchanan set the individual single-season record in 1990 with nine.

Savvy Veterans
Not only do seniors Zach Hirsch and Bob Greco each have their bachelor’s degrees, but both have been two of Nebraska’s best arms out of the bullpen in 2014.

The two have combined for 9.0 innings of scoreless relief over seven appearances with 10 strikeouts.

Hirsch, a lefty, is yet to allow a hit over 4.0 innings of work, while Greco have given up just two hits and has produced six strikeouts over 5.0 innings of action.

Likes the First Pitch
Freshman Bryce Only has two pinch hit at-bats this season and has two hits.

Both of Only’s singles this year have come on the first pitch of the at-bat.

Extending the Season
After missing out on the postseason for three-straight seasons from 2009-2011, the Huskers have qualified for the Big Ten Tournament the past two years.

The last time the Huskers made three-straight trips to the conference tournament was 2006-2007-2008.

Nebraska is looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Pritchard Earns Preseason Honors
Senior outfielder Michael Pritchard has been named a preseason All-American by both the Sporting News and College Sports Madness.

Pritchard, a native of Omaha, was one of 21 players named to the Sporting News list, while he was a fourth-team pick by College Sports Madness.

Pritchard was joined on the Sporting News team by fellow Big Ten players Dustin DeMuth and Kyle Schwarber, both from Indiana. Schwarber was a first-team pick by College Sports Madness, while DeMuth was a fourth-team pick and Sam Travis, also from Indiana, was a second-team selection.

Pritchard has been one of the top hitters in the country during his first three years at Nebraska, posting a career batting average of .353. He also holds a pair of 20-game hitting streak, including a 25-game streak in 2012 that is tied for the third-longest in school history.

Huskers Picked Second by League Coaches
The Big Ten coaches have picked Nebraska to finish second out of the league’s 11 teams in 2014.

Indiana was picked as the league favorite by the coaches after winning both the regular-season and conference titles last year. The Hoosiers ended the season with a trip to the College World Series.

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