Peoria, Ariz. - The ninth inning was
again unkind to the Nebraska baseball team, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs erased a
4-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the ninth to steal victory for the
second straight game. After storming back with a five-run ninth inning on
Saturday night, sophomore Marco Gonzales blasted a bases-clearing double to
right center field that gave Gonzaga its first lead of the game at 5-4 and erased
a solid outing from true freshman pitcher Kyle Kubat.
Huskers didn't go away without a fight in the bottom of the ninth, as freshman
Blake Headley led off with his first hit of the season and Kale Kiser drew a
one-out walk to give the Huskers runners at first and second, but reliever Derek
Peterson retired Rich Sanguinetti and Austin Darby to end the Husker rally.
a native of Waterloo, Neb., held the Zags scoreless on seven hits and notched
one strikeout over five innings of work in the no decision. The Creighton Prep
product showed veteran-like composure in the fourth, when Gonzaga started the
inning with back-to-back singles and eventually had the bases loaded with two
outs. Kubat continued to throw strikes on got out of the jam with a 5-3 groundout.
loss also soured a 3-for-4 performance from sophomore designated hitter Michael
Pritchard, who had three singles on the afternoon and one RBI. Chad Christensen
also continued to swing a hot bat with a 2-for-3 day one RBI. The junior
outfield ended the series going 6-for-11 with one home run and two RBI's.
the first time all series the Huskers took the first lead of the game with two
runs in the bottom of the first. Kiser led off with a walk, but was caught
stealing before Sanguinetti followed with another walk. Pritchard then collected
his first RBI of the year with a single to right field and it looked like
Sanguinetti would stop at third, but a throwing error from the Zag's right fielder
scored the Husker junior to give NU a 1-0 lead. Following a groundout from Kash
Kalkowski, Christensen drove in Pritchard from second on a single to right
field to give NU a 2-0 lead.
would hold the Zags scoreless until the eighth inning when GU would cross the
plate twice to cut the Husker lead in half at 4-2. Sophomore Brandon Peirce
would start the top of the ninth with a strikeout, but the next three Gonzaga
batters would reach on a pair of walks and a error by shortstop Kurt Farmer. Following
Gonzales' three-RBI double, Pierce would retire the next two batters on
groundouts to stop the bleeding.
Huskers will be back on the road next weekend when they head to Corpus Christi,
Texas, for the Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field. Nebraska will
open play on Friday, Feb. 24, when it meets Utah from the Pac-12 Conference at
2 p.m. The Huskers will then play two games on Saturday when they face the Utes
again at 3 p.m., before facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. NU will
finish the weekend on Sunday against UNLV at 11 a.m.