Minneapolis, Minn. - The Husker
baseball team (4-4, 0-0 Big Ten) was unable to overcome a three-run sixth
inning by the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday afternoon at the Metrodome,
as the Huskers dropped their opening game of the Dairy Queen Classic by a score
of 4-1. The Huskers totaled six hits on the day and worked seven walks off the
WVU pitching staff, but were doomed by the 10 runners they left on base.
Zach Hirsch was nearly untouchable though the first five innings, but was
unable to keep the momentum into the sixth. On the day, Hirsch have the Huskers
seven innings and walk none, while striking out six.
Virginia's Brady Wilson was the player of the game, as he was the only player
on either team with multiple hits in the game, with three, and he drove in all
four of WVU's runs.
Huskers' took the first lead of the game with one run in the top of the first. Kale
Kiser drew a leadoff walk and then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt
by Rich Sanguinetti. Following a fly out from Michael Prichard, Richard Stock
drove in Kiser with a two-out double into the left field corner. It was Stock's
fourth RBI of the season and his fourth two bagger in the last five games.
would have at least one runner in scoring position in the second, third, fourth
and fifth innings, including a two-out triple by Bryan Peters in the fourth,
but were unable to scratch across another run. During the four-inning stretch,
NU produced four hits, but missed out when it needed a hit most, as the Huskers
left six runners stranded.
Hirsch gave up just one hit and had retired 14 straight hitters through the
first five innings, the Mountaineers' bats woke up in the bottom of the sixth
with three runs on five hits. Two of WVU's first three batters reached on
singles, before Wilson delivered a three-run homer into the leftfield seats to
give WVU a 3-1 lead. West Virginia continued the rally with a pair of singles,
but Hirsch got clean-up hitter Gabe Brown to ground into a 1-6-3 double play to
put an end to the damage.
twice looked to have something going in the top of the eighth, but failed to
plate a run. Pritchard led off with a walk, but was soon cleared following a
1-3-1 double by off the bat of Stock. Chad Christensen and Cory Burleson then
drew back-to-back two-out walks, prompting Head Coach Darin Erstad to insert
Kash Kalkowski for Kurt Farmer, but Kalkowski grounded out to the short stop to
end the inning for NU.
Mountaineers added one more insurance run in the eighth off a double by Wilson.
Huskers return to the Metrodome tomorrow for a 12:05 game with New Mexico
State. It will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs and the
series is tied at 3-3. Fans can listen to Greg Sharpe and Jeff Culhane call all
the action on the Husker Sports Network, while a live stream of the game is
available at gophersports.com or BTN.com. A subscription is needed to watch the