Lincoln - A pair of home
runs in the bottom of the eighth inning from Cory Burleson and Chad Christensen
secured a 9-2 win for the Huskers in the first game of a four-game series with
the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon in front of 2,414 fans at
Hawks Field. Burleson earned his home run the hard way, as the Bulldogs' Sam Alvis
missed the ball on a diving attempt in center field and the ball rolled all the
way to the wall. It was the first inside-the-park home run by a Husker since
Jake Mullinax hit one against West Virginia at the 2004 Dairy Queen Classic at
the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
came up a double shy of the cycle with a 3-for-5 day, as he hit a single in the
first, a triple in the fifth and a homer in the eighth to tie a career high
with four RBI's. With team-highs in both home runs (4) and RBI's (23) this
season, Christensen has 11 multi-hit games on the year, including four games
with three hits.
going a season-low 3.0 innings against Cal in his last start, sophomore Zach
Hirsch bounced back with 5.1 innings of solid baseball on the mound for the
Huskers to improve to 2-1 on the year. The lefty retired and first six Bulldogs
he faced and gave up two runs on five hits, while striking out three and
walking none. The trio of Dylan Vogt, Tyler King and Brandon Pierce pitched the
final 3.2 innings and gave up just one hit, with Pierce earning his first save
of the season.
Huskers got Hirsch some support right away with a run in both the first and
second innings. Michael Pritchard led off the bottom of the first with a double
and came in to score the game's first run on Christensen's single. Austin Darby
started the second inning the same way with a leadoff double and moved to third
on a deep fly out from Burleson. Louisiana Tech's freshman starter Phil Maton
then cost himself one run on a wild pitch that allowed Darby to score.
Tech got its first hit of the game in the top of the third with a leadoff
single by Alvis, who later scored on a two-out double by Bre'shon Kimbell. The
Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth with a leadoff double from Stephen
Gandy that was followed by a single from Alvis.
the game tied going into the bottom of the fifth, the Huskers strung together
three straight hits with one out to retake the lead. Rich Sanguinetti got the
rally going with a single to right field and came around to score on
Christensen's triple off the left field wall. Richard Stocked followed with a
single to center on an 0-2 count to drive in Christensen for his 14th RBI of
adding an insurance run in the sixth to go up 5-2, the Huskers sealed the game
with four runs in the eighth. Blake Headley led off the inning with his first
hit of the game and came in to score on Burleson's inside the parker. Following
a pair of outs, Sanguinetti kept the inning alive with a single, which allowed
Christensen to blast a two-run shot in the left-center-field berm for his 12th
and 13th two-out RBI's of the season.
Huskers will go for their third straight win tomorrow when the two teams meet
at 1:35 p.m. Jon Keller will take is 2-0 record to the mound for the Huskers,
while the Bulldogs are set to send junior righty Trevor Petersen (1-1) to the
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