Lincoln - A game-tying
two-RBI triple from Pat Kelly followed by a walk-off single from Kale Kiser completed
a dramatic ninth-inning comeback by the Nebraska baseball team (22-12, 5-4 Big
Ten) on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field, as the Huskers rallied for a 9-8 win
to take the three-game series over the Iowa Hawkeyes, 2-1.
8-5 going into the bottom of the ninth, Kash Kalkowski led off with a single and
scored following a pair of singles from Richard Stock and Josh Scheffert.
Freshman Austin Darby then moved his Scheffert and Stock to second and third,
respectively, with a sacrifice bunt, setting the table for Kelly. With just one
hit in his previous four at bats on the afternoon and behind in the count, Kelly
blasted a 1-2 slider from closer Nick Brown over Kris Goodman's head in center
field, tying the game with his second triple of the season. With nearly 3,000
Husker fans on their feet, Kiser came to the plate for his first at bat of the
game after coming in as a defensive replacement in the top of the frame and roped
an 0-2 pitch for a single into right field that easily scored Kelly from third
for the game winner.
Husker comeback was also made possible by the effort of Travis Huber on the
mound, who picked up his first win as a Husker with 1.2 innings of shutout
ball. The junior righty came into the game in the eighth with one out and
runners on first and second. He retired the next two Hawkeyes to end the inning
and was nearly perfect on the afternoon, but gave up a two-out walk in the
ninth before striking out Taylor Zeutenhorst to keep Iowa's lead at four.
led the Husker offense on the day by going 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI,
while five other Huskers has a pair of hits. Scheffert notched his fourth home
run of the season with a leadoff shot in the bottom of the second to put the
Huskers up 2-1.
took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, but the Hawkeyes posted two runs in the
sixth, two more in the seventh and three in the eighth to take a 9-4 lead.
Huskers cut the Hawkeyes' lead to four in the bottom of the eighth when Darby
scored on an RBI groundout by Sanguinetti, his second RBI of the day. After
Huber made quick work of the Hawkeyes in the top of the ninth, the Huskers came
through with their second walk-off win of the year.
nine conference games in the books and a pair of series wins, the Huskers now
get ready to host the Creighton Bluejays on Tuesday night at Hawks Field. It
will be the first of three games between the two in-state programs this season
and they will square off in front of a national-television audience on the Big
Ten Network, with first pitched schedule for 6:35 p.m.