Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications
Jake Opitz hit his 10th home run of the year to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
Jake Opitz hit his 10th home run of the year to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska 13, Eastern Illinois 10
NCAA Lincoln Regional

Game 1, Friday, May 30, 2008

          With the victory, Nebraska improved to 41-14-1 on the season and 29-3-1 at Hawks Field. The Huskers also improved to 31-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 14-5 mark at Hawks Field (19-5 overall at home including games played at Buck Beltzer).

          Jake Opitz recorded his first career multi-home run game, launching a two-run shot in the first and a solo blast in the seventh. His multi-homer effort was the first by a Husker this season. With his two homers, Opitz moved into a tie with Mitch Abeita for the team lead with 10 homers this season. Opitz hit 10 home runs in his first three seasons combined. The two homers were also Opitz’s team-leading 26th and 27th extra-base hits of the season. He has seven homers in his last 17 games.

          Opitz finished 2-for-4 in the game, extending his career-long hitting streak to 12 games. During the hitting streak, Opitz is batting .429 (21-for-49) with four homers, nine RBIs and 13 walks. He has also reached base safely in 24 of the last 25 games.

          Mitch Abeita reached base in each of his five plate appearances on Friday and has now reached base safely in 53 of 54 games this season. Abeita recorded three singles while drawing a pair of walks and increasing his team-leading total to 42.

          Tyler Farst hit his second career home run and his first at Hawks Field in the victory.

          Craig Corriston’s eighth-inning homer was his fifth of the season and his first since homering at Baylor on April 27.

          Nebraska hit a season-high four home runs as a team on Friday, producing its fourth multi-home run game of the season.

          Every Nebraska starter had at least one hit, while eight players scored at least one run and six produced an RBI.

          The Huskers scored in seven of their eight innings on Friday. Nebraska has now scored in 14 of its last 17 innings at Hawks Field.

          Nebraska scored at least nine runs for the third straight home game.

          Nebraska scored first in Friday’s game, marking the first time in the last seven home games that the Huskers scored first at Hawks Field.

          Nebraska has trailed in six straight home games, rallying to win five of those contests. Overall, the Huskers fell behind at home for the 10th time in their last 11 home games (8-2 record in those 10 contests).

          Bryce Nimmo tied his career high with two stolen bases, marking his third game this season and seventh of his career with two stolen bases. Entering Friday’s game, Nimmo had not stolen a base since swiping two bases against Kansas State on March 15, a streak totaling 39 straight games.

          Dan Jennings had allowed just two home runs in 76.0 innings this season (and only two total home runs in 104.2 career innings) before surrendering two homers in a span of three batters over the third and fourth innings on Friday against Eastern Illinois.

          Jennings lasted just 3.2 innings, marking the shortest start of his career. The left-hander was also tagged for a career-high five earned runs.

          Nebraska has given up at least 10 hits in eight of its last 11 games.

          The average time of Nebraska’s last five home games is 4:02.


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