Feb. 24 - 2 p.m. (CT):
So. Zach Hirsch (LHP) vs. Utah - Jr. Zach Adams (RHP)
Feb. 25 - 3 p.m. (CT):
So. Jon Keller (RHP) vs. Utah - So. Ben Mordini (RHP)
Feb. 25 - 7 p.m. (CT):
So. Jon Keller (RHP) vs. Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi - TBA
Feb. 26 - 11 a.m.
(CT): Fr. Kyle Kubat (LHP) vs. UNLV
- Fr. Erick
This Week: Nebraska (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten) heads back on the road to
Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger
Field. The Huskers will open play on Friday, Feb. 24, when they meet Utah from
the Pac-12 Conference at 2 p.m. NU will then play two games on Saturday when it
faces the Utes again at 3 p.m., before battling Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at
7 p.m. The Huskers will finish the weekend on Sunday against UNLV at 11 a.m.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Whataburger Field box
office, through CCHooks.com or by calling (361) 561-4665. Daily tickets are $10
for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. Three-day packages are available for
$24 for adults and $12 for children.
Television: There will be no TV, but every game of the tournament
will be streamed on GoIslanders.com (subscription needed).
On the Radio: Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Lane
Grindle and Jeff Culhane call all of the action on the Husker Sports Network -
including KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln - and on the Internet at Huskers.com or the
Official Husker App. A complete list of HSN affiliates can be found on page 7.
Preview: After being swept by Gonzaga to start the season in
Peoria, Ariz., the Nebraska baseball team is ready to get back on the field.
The Huskers were one inning away from victory on both Saturday and Sunday
against the Zags, but the Bulldogs mounted consecutive ninth-inning comebacks
to steal a pair of wins.
Sophomore Zach Hirsch
will get the ball once again to open the weekend for the Huskers on Friday,
while sophomore Jon Keller will start the first game on Saturday and junior Tom
Lemke will start his first game of the 2012 season on Saturday night. True
freshman Kyle Kubat will get the ball on Sunday for the second straight
The Huskers are a
combined 4-1 against their opponents this weekend, with the only loss coming to
Utah during the 2001 season.
The Utes opened the
season with a four-game series at UC Davis and went 1-3 on the trip, including
a 9-8 loss in 10 innings to close out the series.
Shaun Cooper has struggled out of the gate with a .133 batting average. A
Louisville Slugger third-team selection, Cooper did hit a two-run home run
against UC Davis on Monday in the top of the ninth to tie the game.
Infielder James Brooks
has shined for Utah, as the senior hit .313 with two doubles and a three-run
home run. In 2011, Brooks hit .372 and scored 55 runs, while tying for eighth
nationally in doubles with 26.
Morin Parker has also
been solid at the plate with a team-high .375 batting average. Parker, who has
started two games and catcher and two at designated hitter in 2012, leads the
team with five RBI's.
Closer Tyler Wagner set a
school record and ranked 26th nationally in saves last season with 12, but has
struggled so far in 2012 through two appearances. Wagner has a 7.71 ERA and is
0-1 on the year with three earned runs over 2.1 innings of work.
Series History: The Huskers and Utes have previously met
three times, with the first meeting coming in 1979. The Huskers won the first
two games in the series before Utah won 7-6 during the 2001 season.
The Huskers will be the
second team from the state of Nebraska that Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has
played in 2012, as Islanders opened the season with four games against
Nebraska-Omaha at home. After taking 3-of-4 from the Mavs, the Islanders went
on the road to Houston on Tuesday on won by a score of 3-2.
Lefty Adam Hoelscher
earned Southland Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades after tossing a complete game
shutout to help the Islander win 3-0 over Nebraska-Omaha in the season opener.
Hoelscher gave up just five hits in the game and walked two, while striking out
Junior right-hander Minor
Daniel also started the season on the right foot with eight innings of shutout
baseball. Daniel pitched two innings of relief against UNO and then go the win
at Houston after six innings in the start. On the year, Daniel has given up
five hits, struck out eight and walked one.
Three Islanders are
hitting .300 or better on the season, including Eric Weiss (.364), Jeramie
Marek (.312) and Bobby Buckner (.308). The three hitters have combined for
seven of the team's 12 RBI's and have struck out just twice in 30 combined at
The Islanders are yet to
hit a home run in 2012 and have just six extra-base hits, including three
doubles from Weiss.
TAMU-Corpus Christi has
been aggressive on the base paths with six steals in four games, while being
caught just once. Marek and Kyle Danford have two steals each
Series History: The Huskers and Islanders have meet twice,
with NU winning on both occasions. Nebraska has outscored Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi by a score of 30-10, including a 9-1 win in 2007 and a 21-10 win in
UNLV started the year
with a 1-2 record after a three game series at Loyola Marymount, but moved its
record to .500 following a 3-2 win at UC Irvine on Monday. Freshman Erick Fedde
earned the win for the Rebels after holding the Anteaters scoreless for six
innings, while giving up five hits and striking out three.
Head Coach Tim Chambers
enters his second season as the Rebels' head man in 2012, as he led UNLV to a
33-25 mark in 2011. It marked the first time the squad had reached the 30-win
plateau since the 2005 season.
Chambers ushered in a new
era of Rebel baseball in dramatic fashion, racing out to the best start in
program history through 21 games, posting a 17-4 mark. In that span, UNLV went
from unranked to cracking the top-30 in both the National College Baseball
Writers Association and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls for three consecutive
Among the 33 wins in 2011
were three over nationally ranked opponents, including No. 9 TCU, No. 11 UC
Irvine and No. 14 Arizona.
The back of the Rebels'
bullpen is anchored by sophomore closer Zach Hartman, who was a Louisville
Slugger Freshman All-American in 2011. Hartman walked just six batters and
allowed only five extra base hits, including no home runs, all year in 38.1
innings of work last season.
However, Hartman has
gotten off to a rocky start in 2012 with a 18.00 ERA. In one appearance this
season, Hartman gave up two earned runs on two hits, threw two wild pitches,
walked two batters and hit one batter.
Offensively, two Rebels
are hitting over .400, while no other player is hitting above .300. Trevor Kirk
leads the team with a .417 batting average (5-for-12), but has no extra-base
hits or RBIs on he season. Scott Dysinger is 7-for-17 (.412) on the year and
has two RBI's on two doubles. Brandon Bayardi has the team's only home run and
leads the squad with five RBI's entering the weekend.
Series History: Sunday will mark the first ever meeting
between Nebraska and UNLV.
Nebraska's meeting with UNLV on Sunday will
matchup a pair of freshmen on the mound.
The Huskers will go with Waterloo, Neb.,
native Kyle Kubat, who pitched five innings of shutout baseball for the Huskers
in his first career start against Gonzaga on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The Rebels will counter with righty Erick
Fedde out of Las Vegas. Fedde is also yet to be scored on this year, but did
pick up a win in his start against UC Irvine, when he went six innings, giving
up five hits and striking out three.
The Husker coaching staff and players will
see some familiar faces this weekend when Nebraska plays Utah and Texas
Junior right-hander Travis Huber, who chose
Nebraska over Utah and Virginia, transferred to Nebraska after playing the
previous two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho. The Utes have two
players who were also sophomores at Southern Idaho in 2011, including infielder
Ryan Cooperstone and catcher Parker Morin.
The Utes Zach Adams and Kody Davis have
connections to Huber as well, as all three are from West Jordan, Utah.
Nebraska Associate Head Coach Will Bolt
spent the past four seasons as the Head Coach at Texarkana College and brought
junior outfielder Rich Sanguinetti with him to Nebraska. One of Bolt's former
pitchers, Franco Pace, is a lefty pitcher for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The
Islanders also have a freshman right-handed pitcher, Matt Danton, from Conroe,
Texas, the same hometown as Bolt.
Kale's on First
Senior outfielder Kale Kiser started the
2012 season with a 26-game on-base streak that reaches back to April 3, 2011.
Kiser struggled to produced hits against Gonzaga, but the senior found other
ways to get on base and extended his streak to 29 games.
Kiser is hitting just .083 on the year from
the leadoff spot, but has produced a .313 on-base percentage with three walks
and one hit-by-pitch.
In 2011, Kiser ranked second on the team in
on-base percentage at .417, trailing All-American Cody Asche, who produced a
.424 on-base percentage. Kiser led the team with a .467 on-base percentage as a
sophomore in 2010 and hit .345.
Huskers Picked Fourth by League Coaches
The Big Ten coaches have picked Nebraska to
finish fourth out of the league's 11 teams in 2012. Three Husker juniors were
also named to the 'Players to Watch List', including right-handled pitcher
Travis Huber, right-handed pitcher Tom Lemke and first baseman/designated
hitter Kash Kalkowski.
After winning a share of the of the Big Ten
title last season for the first time since 1979, Michigan State was picked as
the league favorite. The Spartans were followed by Purdue, Minnesota, Nebraska,
Ohio State and Illinois, as only the top six teams were released by the
UNLV's second-year Head Coach Tim Chambers
is keeping strong ties to his previous coaching job at the College of Southern
Nevada. Chambers, who was at Southern Nevada for 11 seasons, currently has 12
players from Southern Nevada on his roster. The 12 players make up over
one-third of the team's 34-man roster.
Kicking it Around
The Gonzaga Bulldogs committed seven errors
against the Huskers on Saturday, Feb. 18, in a game the Zags eventually won
It was the most errors a Husker opponent
had committed since March 30, 2007, when Texas A&M also committed seven
errors in College Station. The Huskers won the game 11-4.
The last time the Huskers lost a game where
an opponent had seven errors was during the 1999 season, when Iowa State won
6-5 in 16 innings.
No Place Like Home
After playing its first 10 games of the
season on the road, the Nebraska baseball team will open up a 17-game home
stand at Hawks Field on Tuesday, March 6.
The stretch starts and ends with games
against Kansas State, as the Wildcats will come to Lincoln on Tuesday, March 6,
and make a return trip on Tuesday, March
During the non-conference part of the home
stand, the Huskers will play a pair of four-game series with California, who
qualified for the CWS last season, and Louisiana Tech. Northern Colorado will
come to Lincoln for two games, while Nebraska-Kearney and South Dakota will
also make one-game stops.
Prior to the second game with Kansas State,
the Huskers will open play in the Big Ten Conference when Illinois come to
Hawks Field for a three-game series that starts on Friday, March 23.
The last time the Huskers had a 17-game
home stand was during the 1992 season. During the stretch, the Huskers
went 11-6 at Buck Beltzer Field.
Head Coach Darin Erstad preaches open
competition and it showed during the Huskers' season-opening series with
Gonzaga, as six position and two pitching newcomers saw action.
On the mound, freshman Kyle Kubat started
for the Huskers on Sunday, while junior college transfer Travis Huber saw two
Freshmen infielders Pat Kelly and Blake
Headley each earned starts, while junior college transfer Rich Sanguinetti
started all three games in center field and fellow JC transfer Richard Stock
earned at start at catcher. Freshman Austin Darby pinch hit twice and sophomore
Ty Kildow stole a base in one of his two pinch-running appearances.