Lincoln – Behind two homers from Brandon Buckman, the third-ranked Nebraska baseball team increased its win streak to eight games with a 10-7 victory over Illinois State Tuesday afternoon at Hawks Field.

Buckman picked up his second multi-homer game of the season, leading the Huskers (12-2) from a 6-4 deficit, as the Husker first baseman went 3-for-4 and matched his career high with four RBIs. His first homer, a fifth-inning blast off of the video board in right, pulled NU within a run before his second blast of the day, a solo shot in the seventh, gave the Huskers a 7-6 lead.

For Buckman, who has five homers, it was his second two-homer day in five games, as he also hit two against Minnesota on March 5.

Shortstop Ryan Wehrle also had two hits, including a game-tying homer in the sixth, and scored twice, while Andy Gerch went 2-for-4 with two doubles and scored three times in helping the Huskers pound out 12 hits and win their 15th straight at home dating back to last season.

The Huskers needed the offensive outburst, as the pitching staff, which had been magnificent during the last seven games, struggled with control. NU pitchers walked five and hit four more, helping Illinois State (2-10) overcome a 4-0 first-inning deficit.

"It was pretty sloppy all the way around," Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "Some of our new guys need to understand when they get opportunities they need to make the most of it."

The Huskers raced out to a 4-0 lead on Illinois State starter Dan Fraga in the bottom of the first. With two outs and runners on the corners, Buckman delivered a two-run single to put NU on the board. The Huskers added to the lead three batters later on an infield RBI single by Jeff Lanning, while a throwing error on the play allowed another run to score.

The Redbirds chipped away at NU’s lead, scoring twice in the second without a hit, as NU starter Matt Foust walked three and hit another before Zach Herr walked the fourth Illinois State player of the inning to account for ISU’s second run. The visitors added another unearned run in the third to pull within 4-3, as Jay Molina scored on Wehrle’s throwing error.

Illinois State would take its first lead in the top of the fifth, scoring three times off Herr and Luke Wertz on a two-run single by Jesse Griswold, who went 2-for-4 and scored twice, and an RBI double by Kevin Dubler to take a 6-4 lead.

Wertz (1-0) would then stem the tide, as he allowed one run on three hits over 2.2 innings to earn the win in relief, as ISU didn’t score again until the ninth

The Huskers would use the long ball to get back in the game, as Buckman’s first homer of the day in the bottom of the inning made it 6-5 before Wehrle tied the score one inning later with a solo homer to left off Dan Frega, who allowed six runs over the first six innings.

Nebraska would get to the Redbird bullpen in the seventh, scoring three times off Dan Sorce, who took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season. Buckman greeting the ISU reliever, as he opened the seventh with a towering homer to right to give NU a 7-6 lead. The Huskers continued to rally, putting runners on second and third with one out before RBI singles by Bryce Nimmo and pinch hitter Nick Jaros gave NU a 9-6 cushion.

In the eighth, the Huskers tacked on another run on Jeff Christy’s sacrifice fly to center, scoring Gerch, who opened the inning with his second double of the afternoon.

"I’m proud of the kids for fighting through it and putting some runs across late, and thankfully we got the win," Anderson said. "They had the rhythm of the game, and we had to take it back, and that is what we did with some late hits and put some runs on the board. Overall, we need to get much shaper."

The Redbirds closed to within 10-7 in the ninth on Chris Frank’s sacrifice bunt that plated a run, and ISU had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Brett Jensen got Mike Stalowy to fly out to center, as Nimmo made a game-ending diving catch to preserve the Husker lead.

The two teams will conclude the series on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m., as redshirt freshman Tim Radmacher will make his first career start. ISU has not announced its Wednesday starter.

            Nebraska Baseball
                         Illinois State at #3 Nebraska
                   Mar 14, 2006 at Lincoln, NE (Hawks Field)

Illinois State 7 (2-10)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Avg. ------------------------------------------------------------ BOLT, Matt rf............ 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 STALOWY, Mike 3b......... 4 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 2 .238 ANETSBERGER, Ryan ss..... 5 1 0 0 0 2 1 3 3 .286 MOLINA, Jay dh........... 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 .300 O'BRIEN, Kyle 1b......... 2 1 0 0 1 1 6 0 0 .324 DeMARCO, Gabe ph/1b..... 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 .269 GRISWOLD, Jesse 2b....... 4 2 2 2 0 1 3 2 0 .342 DUBLER, Kevin c.......... 4 0 2 1 1 0 5 0 0 .222 TOKARSKI, Mike cf........ 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 .000 CRIST, Nick ph.......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 DAVIS, Brian cf......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .133 KONSLER, Kevin ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .182 JENKINS, Kris lf......... 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 .125 FRANK, Chris ph/lf...... 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 FREGA, Dan p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - SORCE, Dan p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - BERGER, Ian p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - Totals................... 35 7 10 5 5 8 24 9 13

Nebraska 10 (12-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Avg. ------------------------------------------------------------ Nimmo, Bryce cf.......... 6 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 2 .360 Edlefsen, Steve 3b....... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .154 Jaros, Nick ph/rf....... 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .354 Wehrle, Ryan ss.......... 4 2 2 1 1 0 2 3 0 .385 Gorsett, Luke dh......... 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 .368 Buckman, Brandon 1b...... 4 3 3 4 1 0 12 1 0 .315 Gerch, Andy lf........... 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325 Opitz, Jake 2b........... 2 1 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 .283 Lanning, Jeff c.......... 2 0 1 1 0 1 5 0 2 .400 Mort, Jake ph/3b........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 Sullivan, Nick rf........ 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .300 Brown, Andrew ph........ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .280 Christy, Jeff c......... 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 .188 Foust, Matt p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Herr, Zach p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - Wertz, Luke p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 - Cranston, Jared p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - Jensen, Brett p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - Totals................... 34 10 12 9 6 4 27 12 12

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Illinois State...... 021 030 001 - 7 10 1 Nebraska............ 400 011 31X - 10 12 2 -------------------------------------------

E - ANETSBERGER(4); Wehrle, R.(3); Sullivan, N.(1). LOB - Redbirds 13; Huskers 12. 2B - BOLT(2); MOLINA(3); GRISWOLD(2); DUBLER(1); Gerch, A. 2(4). HR - Wehrle, R.(2); Buckman, B. 2(5). HBP - BOLT 3; GRISWOLD; Gerch, A.; Lanning, J.; Mort, J.; Sullivan, N.. SH - STALOWY(1); O'BRIEN(1); FRANK(1); Mort, J.(2). SF - Christy, J.(1). SB - DUBLER(2); Nimmo, B.(4); Wehrle, R.(1); Gorsett, L.(3).

Illinois State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP ERA -------------------------------------------------------- FREGA, Dan.......... 6.0 6 6 5 4 3 24 31 123 8.82 SORCE, Dan.......... 0.1 2 3 3 1 0 2 4 15 11.93 BERGER, Ian......... 1.2 4 1 1 1 1 8 11 33 6.62

Nebraska IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP ERA -------------------------------------------------------- Foust, Matt......... 1.2 1 2 2 3 2 6 10 34 3.86 Herr, Zach.......... 2.2 2 3 1 1 1 10 13 49 2.08 Wertz, Luke......... 2.2 3 1 1 0 2 10 12 39 3.68 Cranston, Jared..... 1.2 4 1 0 1 3 8 11 49 2.25 Jensen, Brett....... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1.80

Win - Wertz, L. (1-0). Loss - SORCE (0-2). Save - Jensen, B. (3). WP - Foust, M. 2(3). HBP - by FREGA (Gerch, A.); by Foust, M. (BOLT); by Herr, Z. (GRISWOLD); by FREGA (Sullivan, N.); by FREGA (Lanning, J.); by Wertz, L. (BOLT); by BERGER (Mort, J.); by Cranston, J. (BOLT). BK - Foust, M.(1). PB - DUBLER(5); Christy, J.(5). Inherited runners/scored: BERGER 2/2; Herr, Z. 3/1; Wertz, L. 2/2; Jensen, B. 2/0. Pitches/strikes: FREGA 123/67; SORCE 15/7; BERGER 33/21; Foust, M. 34/15; Herr, Z. 49/30; Wertz, L. 39/22; Cranston, J. 49/30; Jensen, B. 5/3. Umpires - HP: Rick Denny 1B: Bill McGuire 3B: Patrick Spieler Start: 1:08p.m. Time: 3:19 Attendance: 1738 Game: NU14