Early Miscues Cost Huskers in Defeat to No. 5 Texas
With two outs in the first inning, Nebraska starter Jon Keller nearly put a zero on the board when he worked ahead in the count against cleanup hitter Erich Weiss. A close 1-2 pitch led to a walk before the Longhorns followed with back-to-back singles and took advantage of two NU errors to jump out to a 6-0 lead with four unearned before the Huskers came to the plate.
"This was a rough one," head coach Mike Anderson said. "Obviously, the first inning wasn't what we wanted. We thought we had gotten out of the inning but a couple of ground balls let the first explode on us. Give them credit for keeping the pressure on and credit our kids for not giving up."
Dylan Vogt relieved Keller and recorded the final out of the first as Texas put up six runs on three hits and two errors. Vogt went on to throw 2.0 innings and gave up four runs - all unearned - in the third after a throwing error by third baseman Cody Asche. Vogt was one of six Husker pitchers used on the day, including Zach Hirsch who threw 2.1 scoreless innings and gave up only two hits. Keller fell to 2-5 with the loss, while Texas starter Cole Green went 8.0 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits to improve to 5-3.
Behind the bats of freshmen Michael Pritchard and Tanner Krietemeier, who each had their first career 3-hit days, Nebraska attempted to fight back by scratching across single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Heading into the sixth, the hit totals were tied 7-7 but Texas maintained a controlling 10-3 lead.
The Longhorns eventually squashed NU's comeback hopes by plating one run in the seventh and five in the ninth to cruise to a 16-5 win.
In addition to Pritchard and Krietemeier, Patric Tolentino was the third mulit-hit Husker as the catcher went 2-for-3. Pritchard plated two runs, while Krietemeier added an RBI of his own.
Nebraska's 10-hit day was its third double-digit hit game in the past six contests.
The Huskers will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. Nebraska will honor its senior class in a pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m. For tickets, log on to Huskers.com or visit the Hawks Field box office beginning 90 minutes before first pitch.