The Huskers were only outhit, 7-5, but they did not put a leadoff batter on base until the seventh inning after OSU had taken a commanding 9-0 lead. Nebraska committed two costly errors in the fifth inning that led to a five-run frame, while the Cowboys added four more with the aid of an error in the sixth.
"That was a rough one," head coach Mike Anderson said. "That's a 0-0 ballgame. I thought Jon (Keller) pitched well, got himself out of the inning and unfortunately we had a couple errors. Cody Asche has played very good defense throughout the year. Bryan Peters has played great defense throughout the year. Those are kids that have done it and performed very well, and unfortunately they didn't have a couple plays today. We'll get back on the horse with those guys."
Keller dropped to 2-3 on the season as he went 4 1/3 innings while giving up four hits and five unearned runs. He was relieved by another freshman, Tyler King, who allowed only one hit in 1 2/3, but had four runs come across in the sixth, also all unearned after he made an errant throw to first base.
Nebraska's defense had been otherwise strong this season, as it entered the day ranked third in the Big 12 with a .977 fielding percentage while posting 11 errorless games on the year.
The Huskers struggled to produce offensively against OSU starter Brad Propst as he gave up just three hits in seven innings and did not allow a Nebraska runner to reach second base until the seventh. That was when Cody Asche led off the inning with a walk followed by a Kash Kalkowski single before NU grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Davis Duren led the OSU attack, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Nebraska and Oklahoma State wrap up the series Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. It will also be Hometown Husker Day for Grand Island in honor of sophomore Kash Kalkowski.