Kiser Delivers Walk-Off Single in the 11th
Lincoln - Senior Kale Kiser came through with his second walk-off hit of the season in the bottom of the 11th inning to propel the Nebraska baseball team (28-15, 8-7 Big Ten) to a 3-2 win over the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in the first game of a double header on Saturday afternoon. After Austin Darby led off the inning with a walk and Chad Christensen moved him to third with a single, Kiser blasted a deep fly ball into the right-center-field gap that allowed Darby to coast home for the game winning run.
The Husker are now 1-1 in extra-inning games this season after falling in 11 innings to then-No. 21 Cal earlier this season at Hawks Field, 11-8.
Michael Pritchard extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth. Pritchard is now tied with Jeff Hedman (1998) and John Cole (2001) for the fifth longest hitting streak in school history since 1958.
NU took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on four hits, including a leadoff double by Richard Stock. The Husker bats then fell silent and managed just four hits over the next eight innings, before coming up with back-to-back singles in the 11th.
CSU Bakersfield got on the board in the top of the third, as Kevin Younger scored after starting the inning with a single. The Roadrunners tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Frank Martinez scored on a two-out single by Younger.
The teams both went scoreless over the next three innings, forcing extras. CSU Bakersfield went down in order in the 10th, while the Huskers were able to work a two-out walk but nothing else. Luke Bublitz hit the first batter he faced in the top of the 11th, but then retired the next three Roadrunners he faced to set the stage for the Husker offense in the bottom of the frame.