Huskers Fall to Baylor, 8-3

By NU Athletic Communications
Craig Corriston homered for the second straight day on Sunday.
Craig Corriston homered for the second straight day on Sunday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Waco, Texas Baylor scored four runs in the first and made it stand up, as the Bears salvaged the final game of the three-game series, defeating eighth-ranked Nebraska, 8-3 at the Baylor Ballpark on Sunday.


Aaron Miller led the charge for the Bears (25-20, 9-12 Big 12), going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI, while Doug Dickerson had three hits and scored twice, as Baylor totaled 16 hits plated runs in five of its eight at-bats.


Craig Corriston homered while Jake Opitz and Mitch Abeita drove in runs in the loss, as Nebraska (32-8-1, 15-5-1 Big 12) were held to just six hits by BU starter Willie Kempf and Mace Thurman.


Kempf, who took the loss in Saturday’s series opener, bounced back with a solid performance to earn his sixth win of the year. He allowed a pair of runs and scattered five hits over five innings to up his record to 6-2. Thurman closed the door on the Huskers’ chances for a road sweep, as he allowed one hit and fanned seven over four frames for his second save of the year.


They did a good job on the mound today,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “He (Kempf) did a good job of coming back from yesterday and the lefty was very good for them today.”


The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Husker starter Aaron Pribanic, as he allowed three hits and walked three in the opening frame. One-out singles by Beamer Weems and  Dickerson put runners on first and second before a walk loaded the bases. Miller then blooped a single to plate a run before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Raynor Campbell put the Bears up 2-0. Two batters later, Paul Miles singled off of the glove of NU second baseman Jake Opitz put the Huskers in a 4-0 hole.


“It was a rough start,” Anderson said. “Aaron has been solid for us all year. You give Baylor a lot of credit today. Aaron wasn’t in the zone as much as he usually is, but we have a lot of confidence in him.”


Pribanic (3-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits over an inning of work


The Huskers began chipping away at Baylor’s lead, scoring single runs in the second and third innings against Kempf. In the second, Corrison put the Huskers on the board with his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot to left. One inning later, Opitz’s single to center scored Bryce Nimmo, who singled and moved to second on a balk to make it a 4-2 contest.


That would as close as Nebraska would get, as the Bears used clutch two-out hitting to push across single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to extend their advantage to five runs and seal the win.


In the fourth, Miller’s second hit of the game plated Paul Horning, who doubled with two outs. Beamer Weems made it 6-2 one inning later, as his triple past a diving DJ Belfonte in right scored Shaver Hansen. Dickerson pushed the lead to five runs in the seventh, as his two-out single scored Hansen for the second time this afternoon.


Nebraska pushed across a run in the top of the eighth, as Abeita’s RBI single scored Jake Mort to make it 7-3, but Miller’s 10th round tripper in the bottom of the inning wrapped up the scoring.


The Huskers return home to begin an eight-game homestand on Tuesday night against Western Illinois. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Hawks Field.



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