Peoria, Ariz. - The Nebraska
baseball team saw the first victory of the 2012 season fall through their hands
on Saturday night at the Peoria Sports Complex, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs rallied
for a 10-8 victory to take game two of the three-game series. The Huskers took
a 8-5 lead into the top of the night with Tyler Niederklein on the mound, but
the Bulldog bats came alive with five runs to steal the win after committing
seven errors in the game.
offense did its part with eight runs on 12 hits, including two hits each from
Michael Pritchard, Kash Kalkowski, Pat Kelly and Bryan Peters. Kalkowski and
Peters each knocked in two runs, while junior Kurt Farmer blasted his first
home run of the season in the fourth inning to give NU three home runs on the
day after pitching against the Huskers, sophomore Marco Gonzales played first
base for the Zags and produced a 3-for-5 night with a double and three RBI's. Steven
Halcomb and Payden Cawley Lamb also had doubles for the Zags, while Maxx
Garrett produced his second extra-base hit of the series with a triple.
Huskers looked to have all the momentum heading into the ninth inning after
adding two insurance runs in the bottom of the eight to take a 8-5 lead.
Pritchard got the offense started with a one-out single and was then driven in
by Kalkowski's double. Ty Kildow came in to pinch run for Kalkowski and eventually
scored on a two-out single by catcher Richard Stock.
Zags didn't go away though, as Billy Moon started the ninth-inning rally with a
single and Royce Bolinger followed with a walk. After a flyout by Clayton
Eslick, Garrett blasted a triple and the next four Gonzaga hitters produced a
hit before NU reliever Ryan Hander got Alex Stanford to ground into a 1-6-3
double play to end the inning.
Sanguinetti gave the Huskers life in the bottom of the ninth when he hustled
out of the box and turned a routine single to the right-center gap into a
double. Blake Headley then roped a line drive to right center, but Bolinger
made a diving catch to rob the freshman. Following a groundout by Austin Darby,
senior Kale Kiser lifted a ball to deep centerfield that was caught by Bolinger
to complete the Gonzaga comeback.
will now look to avoid the sweep tomorrow when the two teams meet at 1 p.m.
(CT). Left-handed true freshman Kyle Kubat will take the mound for the Huskers
and will face Gonzaga senior righty Andy Hunter.