Huskers Blank No. 12 Sooners, 10-0
Lincoln – Tom Lemke fired a complete-game three-hit shutout, while Tyler Farst, Adam Bailey and Chad Christensen all homered, leading Nebraska to a 10-0 shutout of No. 12 Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field.
Lemke (4-1) was dominant throughout in picking up his team-best fourth win, as the freshman allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high eight hitters in a game shortened to seven innings because of the Big 12 run-rule. He established career bests in both innings and strikeouts, as he allowed one run or less for the fourth time in his six starts. OU’s three hits were a season low and marked the first time it had been shutout this season.
Lemke retired the first 12 Sooners he faced, including seven of the first nine by strikeouts, before walking Cameron Seitzer to open the fifth. His only trouble spot came later in the fifth, as Oklahoma (20-3, 3-1 Big 12) got three straight two-out hits to load the bases, but Lemke got out the jam by getting Danny Black to fly out to center field to end the threat.
“He pounded the zone from the very get-go and you could see he has great movement,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “He’s going to locate, and today he did a great job of locating. (His) off speed was good. When they had runners on and had some situations, he really worked through that and that is something he has learned from his last couple of outings. It was good to see him work through that and get himself to the seventh, and he did it with a small pitch count and dominated one of the better hitting teams in our conference.”
Lemke was staked by an aggressive attack that put up runs in each of the first five innings against four Sooner pitchers. Adam Bailey had two hits, including his eighth homer of the year, and drove in three runs while Chad Christensen had two hits, including his third homer of the year, and collected a pair of RBIs in his first career start at shortstop.
“That was a good complete game, literally a good complete game, from the offensive side, defensive side, the pitching side,” Anderson said. “I thought Tom Lemke was great. We keep getting our backs against the wall with little things and this team continues to try and learn lessons. It’s good to see that when your backs are against the wall a little bit, that the kids come out fighting. We’re still learning and still have a ways to go with that, but today was a good day and a good sign to see.”
NU got out of the gate against starter Ryan Gibson, scoring three times in the first, getting an RBI single by Adam Bailey before Tyler Farst launched a two-run homer onto North 6th Street for his third homer of the year. Farst finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, as NU totaled 12 hits in the win.
Gibson (2-2) lasted just one inning, allowing three runs on two hits to take the loss.
Christensen, making his first career start at shortstop, made it 4-0 one inning later with a solo homer – the first by a Husker shortstop since 2007 - before the Huskers added a pair of runs in the third on a RBI hits from Patric Tolentino and Christensen to extend the margin to six runs. NU continued to add to the margin with a pair of runs in the fourth before Bailey’s two-run shot in the fifth gave the Huskers a 10-run cushion.
The Huskers will wrap up the seven-game homestand with a pair of games against North Dakota Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. Tickets for both games are available on Huskers.com or by calling 800-8-BIGRED.
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