Austin, Texas – Two big innings were the downfall for the Nebraska baseball team, as the Huskers dropped the rubber match in its series at Texas, 13-3 Sunday afternoon in eight innings.
Texas (15-5, 2-1 Big 12) overcame an early deficit with four runs in the second and put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the third after Nebraska pulled within a run.
With one out and a runner on second, Russell Moldenhauer reached on an infield single as Tyler Farst was unable to handle the scoop at first, while Kevin Lusson tried to score on the play. Sean Yost fired home, but was wide of the bag, allowing the runner to score and Moldenhauer to reach second. That play would prove costly later in the inning, as three straight two-out hits – an infield single by Cohl Walla, a double by Brandon Loy and a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp - extended the Longhorn lead to 10-3.
“We let two innings get away from us today,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “We got back in the game in the third to make it 4-3, and then the third inning got completely away from us. We didn’t pitch well or play good defense that inning. It didn’t show up on the scoreboard, but we probably gave them seven outs in that inning, and you can’t do that against a team like Texas. They hurried the game on us. Whether they put pressure on us or we put it on ourselves, we didn’t do a good job of slowing the game down.”
Loy led Texas with a 3-for-4 afternoon with three RBIs, while Walla, Rupp, Jonathan Walsh and Russell Moldenhauer all drove in two runs apiece for Texas (15-5 ,2-1 Big 12)
Adam Bailey continued his hot streak for Nebraska by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Cody Asche drove in NU other run.
UT starter Brandon Workman settled down after the third, and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way for a complete-game win. The right-hander scattered seven hits and fanned five to improve to 3-1.
“Workman did a good job,” Anderson said. “If it was a closer game, maybe out bats would have been more disciplined. We have to do a better job.”
The Huskers got to Workman early, pushing across a run in the first, as Kiser walked and came home on Bailey’s double to right center to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
Texas got to NU starter Tom Lemke in the second with four runs to knock the freshman out of the game. Moldenhauer’s two-run single gave UT a 2-1 lead before a pair of infield run-scoring singles by Walla and Loy pushed across runs to extend the lead to 4-1. Lemke allowed four runs on five hits in taking the loss.
NU fought back in the third, as one-out singles by DJ Belfonte and Kiser started the rally before Bailey’s second hit of the day, an RBI single to right, made it 4-2. Two batters later, Asche sliced the deficit to 4-3 with a two-out RBI single to center.
The Huskers return home to begin a seven-game homestand beginning Tuesday afternoon at 4:05 p.m against Northern Colorado. As a reminder, the game was moved from 1:05 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. and will be carried on selected Husker Sports Network stations.