Lincoln - The Nebraska
baseball team (26-15, 8-7 Big Ten) got a 3-for-4 performance from Richard Stock
and Michael Pritchard extended his hitting streak to 18 games, but it wasn't enough
as the Huskers dropped the series finale to the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers by a
score of 8-3 on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,014 fans at Hawks Field. Stock
finished the three-game series by going 8-for-12 with one home run and three
doubles to raise in average to .459 during Big Ten play.
NU tied the series 1-1 with an 8-3 win on Saturday, the Boilermakers responded
by jumping out to a 6-0 lead in support of freshman starter Connor Podkul. The
Purdue right hander lasted 5.1 innings in the win, while giving up three earned
runs on five hits. Sophomore lefty Zach Hirsch fell to 4-3 on the year with the
loss, as he was pulled after giving up five earned runs on seven hits over 3.0
innings of work. Freshman Kyle Kubat was a bright spot of NU on the mound in
4.0 innings of relief. The lefty gave up his first earned run during conference
play on Sunday, giving up one run on four hits. During Big Ten play, Kubat has
given up one earned run on eight hits over 10.0 innings.
a 2-0 lead going into the fourth, the Boilermakers took a commanding 6-0 lead
following a three-run home run by David Miller. NU responded in the bottom of
the frame with three runs to cut the lead in half. Pritchard opened the inning
with a single, Rich Sanguinetti followed with an infield-bunt single and Kash
Kalkowski walked to load the bases with no outs. Stock then hit a hard ground
ball down the first base line that was gloved by Angelo Cianfrocco, who able to
retire Stock at first, but Pritchard came home to score NU's first run. Josh
Scheffert came through with a two-RBI single before Podkul got back-to-back
ground balls to end the Husker rally.
Huskers had something going again in the sixth with runners on second and third
with one out following a double by Stock, but Purdue went to Nick Wittgren out
of the bullpen and he retired the next two Huskers to end the threat. The
righty gave up just three hits in 3.2 inning of shutout ball to pick up his
eighth save of the season.
Huskers now have a quick turnaround for their game on Tuesday night with the
Creighton Bluejays at TD Ameritrade Park. Scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch
on NET, the game will be the second in the three-game season series between the
two instate programs. The Huskers won the first game of the series, 5-3, on April
10 at Hawks Field.