Lincoln - The Nebraska
baseball team (13-6, 0-0 Big Ten) gave starter Jon Keller plenty of offensive
support on Friday afternoon at Hawks Field in a 22-3 win over the Louisiana
Tech Bulldogs. The Huskers scored at least one run in each of the first four innings
to take a 14-0 lead, while adding four runs in both the sixth and eighth
innings. The Huskers' 22 runs are the most in over eight years, as they also
scored 22 in a win over Kent State at the Ultimate Dugout Baseball Fiesta in Albuquerque,
N.M, on Feb. 22, 2004.
Husker that came to the plate on Friday had at least one hit, including 17 from
the nine starters and seven from four pinch hitters, while seven Huskers had
two or more hits, including four from Michael Pritchard and three from Kale
Kiser. Pritchard accounted for two of the Huskers' eight doubles on the day,
while Kiser and Chad Christensen each hit home runs. Six Huskers produced
multiple RBI's, with Rich Sanguinetti, Josh Scheffert and Kiser each driving in
Keller, the sophomore went 6.0 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on six
hits and struck out three. Freshmen Kyle Kubat, Jeff Stovall and Aaron Bummer
each pitched one inning in relief to close out the game.
Huskers quietly took a 1-0 lead in the first when Sanguinetti scored on one of
Trevor Petersen's three wild pitches in the game. NU added four more runs in
the scored and had the bases loaded again to end the inning. In the second, the
Huskers four runs came off two hits, four walks and one Bulldog error.
Christensen polished off a three-run third inning with a two-out home run, his
fifth of the season.
an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth, the Huskers buried the
Bulldogs with six runs to go up 14-0. The Huskers notched five hits in the
inning, including a double each from Pritchard, Austin Darby, Cory Burleson and
Huskers failed to score for the first time all game in the bottom of the fifth
and after the Bulldogs plated two in the top of the sixth, NU answered with
four in the bottom of the frame. Four of the Huskers' first five batters roped
singles before Scheffert nearly hit a pinch-hit grand slam to left-center
field, but instead settled for a three-RBI double off the wall.
added four more in the bottom of the eighth behind a three-run homer from
Kiser. After Kurt Farmer and Scheffert reached on back-to-back one-out singles,
Kiser blasted his third home run of the season into the visitor's bullpen in
right field. The senior entered the game with a .196 batting average and
improved it 44 points to .240 with his 3-for-4 performance on the afternoon,
while is on-base percentage grew to a blistering .472.
Huskers will look to win the series tomorrow when the two teams meet at 1:35
p.m. for game three of the four-game series. Head Coach Darin Erstad will send junior
righty Tom Lemke to the mound, while the Huskers will face a lefty starter for
the first time in the series in redshirt freshman Chris Sadberry after facing
right-handed starters in games one and two.