UC Irvine 3, Nebraska 2

NCAA Lincoln Regional

Saturday, May 31, 2008

 

          With the loss, Nebraska fell to 41-15-1 on the season and 29-4-1 at Hawks Field. The Huskers also dropped to 31-24 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 14-6 mark at Hawks Field (19-6 overall at home including games played at Buck Beltzer).

          The attendance for Saturday night’s game was 8,646, the second-largest NCAA Regional crowd in Hawks Field history. The crowd was the seventh-largest in school history.

          Nebraska was held to two runs or less for just the sixth time this season and for the first time at Hawks Field. The last time the Huskers failed to score at least three runs at home was a 9-2 loss to Baylor on May 11, 2007. NU had scored at least three runs in 36 consecutive games at Hawks Field.

          Jake Opitz homered for the third time at the NCAA Lincoln Regional. The homer was his team-leading 11th of the season and gave him more home runs in 2008 than his first three seasons combined (10 homers). Opitz, who has eight homers in his last 18 games, also leads Nebraska with 28 extra-base hits this season.

          Opitz finished 2-for-4 in the game, extending his career-long hitting streak to 14 games. During the hitting streak, Opitz is batting .434 (23-for-53) with five homers, 11 RBIs and 13 walks. He has also reached base safely in 25 of the last 26 games.

          Mitch Abeita singled in his first at bat before being retired in the third. Abeita opened the NCAA Lincoln Regional 4-for-4 with a pair of walks, reaching base safely in each of his first six plate appearances. Abeita has reached base safely in 54 of 55 games this season.

          Ben Kline finished 1-for-3 in the game, extending his career-high hitting streak to four games.

          Johnny Dorn tossed his second complete game of the season, but has been on the losing end of the decision both times. His loss on Saturday was his first loss at Hawks Field this season and his first since April 21, 2007 against Texas.

          Dorn surrendered a career-high 11 hits. In his first 57 starts at Nebraska, Dorn had never allowed more than nine hits in a game.

          Dorn allowed three earned runs or less for the 13th time in 15 starts this season.

          Dorn has now thrown 107.1 innings this season, joining Shane Komine as the only Huskers to throw at least 100 innings twice in their career.

          Dorn struck out six Anteaters on the night. He recorded his 100th strikeout of the season with his fourth punch out of the game. Dorn now has 298 career strikeouts, a total that ranks second in Nebraska history.

          Nebraska scored in only one inning on Saturday, plating two runs in the third. Entering the game, NU had scored in 14 of its last 17 innings at Hawks Field, including seven of eight frames on Friday. Overall, the Huskers had scored at least nine runs in three straight home games.

          Nebraska trailed at Hawks Field for the seventh straight game (5-2 record in those contests). Overall, the Huskers trailed at home for the 11th time in their last 12 home games (8-3 record in those contests). Nebraska has given up at least 10 hits in nine of its last 12 games.