Nebraska - Northwestern
Fri., March 30 - 3 p.m.: Jr. Tom Lemke (RHP,
2-2) vs. Northwestern - Sr. Francis Brooke (RHP, 1-1)
Sat., March 31 - 1 p.m.: So. Jon Keller (RHP,
3-0) vs. Northwestern - Fr. Brandon Magallones (RHP, 4-0)
Sun., April 1 - 1 p.m.: So. Zach Hirsch (LHP, 3-1) vs. Northwestern - Jr. Zach
Morton (RHP, 0-5)
Nebraska - Kansas State
Tues., April 3 - 6:35 p.m.: TBA vs. Kansas State - TBA
Week: After posting a 12-5 record during its 17-game home stand,
including series wins over defending Big Ten champion Illinois and Louisiana
Tech, as well as a four-game series split with then No. 18 California, the
Nebraska baseball hits the road for a three game series at Northwestern and a
mid-week game at Kansas State next Tuesday.
will mark the start of the Huskers' first ever Big Ten Conference series on the
road, when the Wildcats and Huskers square off at 3 p.m. in Evanston, Ill., at
Rocky Miller Park. The two teams will play 1 p.m. games on both Saturday and
Huskers then head to Manhattan, Kan., for one game with the Kansas State
Wildcats. KSU has made two trips to Lincoln already this season, with Nebraska
winning both meetings. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Tointon Family
at Northwestern are general admission and are $7 for adults and $4 for seniors
65 & older, faculty/staff, children 17 and under or students from other
Universities with a valid student ID.
Nebraska's game in Manhattan on Tuesday, tickets can be purchased at
www.kstatesports.com. Reserved chairback seats are $12 and general admission
chairback seats are $10. Adult general admission bench seats are $8, while
youth general admission seats are $5.
game at Northwestern will be streamed on the Internet at NUSports.com
(subscription needed). At this time there will not be a stream on Saturday or
Sunday. Tuesday's game at Kansas State will be shown on KStateSports.com
On the Radio: Fans across Nebraska and around the world can
listen Greg Sharpe, 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 9.
Coach Paul Stevens is in his 25th season at Northwestern and his team enters
Friday's game with an 8-14 overall record and a 1-2 record in the Big Ten after
opening conference play at Iowa last weekend.
weekend will mark Northwestern's first home game at Rocky Miller Park after
playing its first 22 games on the road.
runs have been a problem this year for the Wildcats, as they average just 5.0
runs per game, but their pitching has also been tough on opposing hitters,
allowing just 5.64 runs per game.
Wildcats hit .283 as a team, with Geoff Rowan (.364), Jack Havey (.311) and
Zach Morton (.307) all hitting over .300. Northwestern is one of five teams in
the Big Ten with less than 10 home runs on the year with nine, while Paul
Snieder and Havey account for seven of the home runs with four and three,
does not steal often with just 16 attempts on the year, but has been successful
when they try with 11 steals on the season. Luke Dauch and Kyle Ruchim are tied
for the team lead with three steals each.
Wildcats pitching staff has been its strong point on the season with a team ERA
of 4.05. Every starter the Huskers will
see this weekend have an ERA under 4.00, including Friday night's starter,
Francis Brooke, who bolsters a 1.77 ERA.
1-1 on the year in five starts and has struck out 22 in 35.2 innings of work,
while walking just six. Brooke has given up 16 runs on the year, but only seven
have been earned.
Huskers will look to hand Brandon Magallones his first loss of the season on
Saturday, as the freshman is 4-0 on the season in four starts with a 3.90 ERA.
Over 30.0 innings of work, Magallones has given up 18 runs (13 earned) on 30
hits and 12 walks, while striking out 32.
starter is schedule to be Zach Morton and he leads the team with 37.0 innings
pitched. Morton is 0-5 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. Morton has been dinged up
for 21 runs on the year, but only seven have been earned.
Wildcats' starters this weekend, only Magallones has given up a home run on the
year, with three.
has been an issue for Northwestern with 38 errors in 22 games. Through March
25, the Wildcats' .957 fielding percentage ranks 217th out of 291 teams
March 25, the Husker offense has given its pitching staff plenty of support
with 8.4 runs per game, which ranks fourth nationally. NU also ranks seventh in
batting average (.329), 13th in home runs per game (1.00) and seventh in
slugging percentage (.487).
Husker defense has also done its part with a .978 fielding percentage, which
ranks 19th nationally.
New Kid on the Block
Husker offense has taken over the Big Ten charts, as NU ranks first in runs
(225), hits (311), RBI's (201), doubles (55), home runs (26), at-bats (952),
slugging (.479), on-base percentage (.412).
also ranks second in batting average (.327), walks (111) and fewest strikeouts
Bolt on Energy
Husker offense has seen major improvement under the direction of Associate Head
Coach Will Bolt.
at NU's numbers through 27 games in 2011 and 2012, the Huskers have struck out
67 fewer times, walked 21 more times, produced 28 more hits and scored 40 more
When It Counts
hitting below .300 last season with runners in scoring position, the Huskers
have come up with big hits and are hitting .363 on the season.
Huskers are hitting over .400 with runners in scoring position, led by Kurt
Farmer's .474 average (9-for-19), while Richard Stock is close behind with a
.471 (16-for-34) average. Chad Christensen (.417), Kash Kalkowski (.417) and
Josh Scheffert (.412) are also hitting over .400, while 10 Huskers are hitting
.300 or better.
Bring on the Righties
facing three right-handed starting pitchers against Illinois last weekend, the
Huskers will see three righties again this weekend at Northwestern.
hitting a blistering .348 against right-handed pitching with 18 home runs, five
triples and 44 doubles.
Huskers are hitting .400 or better off right-handed pitching, including
freshman Pat Kelly, who is hitting a team-high .524.
Just the Right Pritch
Michael Pritchard has been one of the Huskers' most lethal weapons this season
with a .398 batting average and an on-base percentage of .465. With Pritchard
in the leadoff spot, the Huskers are 12-3 on the season.
left-handed batter, Pritchard has been tough against right and left-handed
pitching, with a .429 average (12-for-28) against lefties and a .383 average
(23-for-60) against righties.
impressive, Pritchard has been one of the toughest players in the country to
strikeout with only four K's in 85 at-bats through Sunday, March 25. Nationally
that ranks Pritchard as the 22nd toughest player in the country to strikeout
with a strikeout every 21.3 at bats.
In the Zone
Christensen has taken his game to another level this season both with the bat
and the glove.
leads the Huskers in nearly every offensive category, while he is tied for
seventh nationally in hits with 42 and is ranked 25th in the country with 1.27
is hitting .387 on the season with team-highs in home runs (6) and RBI's (33),
while also committing just two errors in 131 chances in the field with 17
though the Huskers entered the week ranked 10th nationally and lead the Big Ten
Conference with 26 home runs through March 25, the Huskers have also put a lot
of pressure on opposing defenses with their bunting.
year, the Huskers have 21 bunt singles through 27 games. In 55 games a year
ago, the Huskers had just 16 bunt singles all season.
Christensen, who leads the team in both home runs (6) and RBI's (33), also
leads the team with seven bunt singles in seven attempts. Bryan Peters in next
with four bunt singles, while Cory Burleson, Michael Pritchard, Kurt Farmer and
Rich Sanguinetti each have two.
the Huskers are 21-for-27 (.778) when bunting for a base hit and also have 24
sacrifice bunts on the year, including a team-high nine from Sanguinetti.
Chicks Dig It
hitting 30 home runs in 55 games last season, led by Cody Asche's 12 home runs,
the Huskers are averaging nearly one home run per game in 2012 with 26 through
the team's first 27 games.
Big Ten, no other teams has more than 20 homers and only five other teams have
10 or more. Michigan is the next closest at 16, while Indiana is third with 14.
Christensen leads the Huskers with six home runs, which ties his single-season
career high, while six other Huskers have at least two homers, including a
career-high four from Kale Kiser and three each from Josh Scheffert, Kash
Kalkowski and Pat Kelly.
What a Fourth
Huskers strongest inning this season has been the fourth, where they've
outscored opponents 39-2. The Huskers didn't give up a run in the fourth inning
until Illinois plated one run against the Huskers in the team's 25th game of
the season on Saturday, March 24.
at just the first eight innings of a game, Nebraska has outscored or their
opponents this season in every inning but the first, where they have just 13
runs on the year, while giving up 16.
first three innings of the game the Huskers hold a 69-49 advantage in runs, but
have destroyed opponent pitching their second time through the order in the
fourth, fifth and sixth innings with a 93-29 advantage.
seventh and eighth innings the Huskers hold a 51-26 advantage, including 37
runs in the eighth alone.
Take it for the Team
In 2011 the Huskers were hit by pitch 89 times, which tied them
for 13th nationally. The team was led by Bryan Peters, who was hit 18 times to
tie for 20th nationally.
A junior in 2012, Peters continues to climb the Husker career
chart in hit-by-pitches and entered the year with 36, which tied him for fifth
with Jake Mort (2005-09). Peters took over sole possession of third place on
the career list with a HBP against Kansas State on Tuesday, March 6. It broke a
three-way tie between Peters, Alex Gordon and Nick Sullivan. Peters enters
Friday's game with 43 career HBP's.
Senior Kale Kiser is also on the career top-10 list and is right
behind Peters in fourth place with 39 hit-by-pitches
Bruce (2002-05) holds the NU career record with 67 hit-by-pitches.
Kale Kiser is tough on opposing pitchers with his great eye at the plate.
During his career at Nebraska Kiser has walked 86 times and struck out just 62
times. His 86 career walks rank 10th on the Huskers' all-time charts, while Joe
Simokaitis is ninth (90) and Associate Head Coach Will Bolt ranks eighth (91).
through Sunday, March 25, Kiser ranks 15th with 23 walks on the season and his
0.96 walks per game rank 21st in Division I.
hitting just .222 on the season, but continues to get on base for the Huskers
with a .447 on base percentage. The senior is a career .288 hitter with a
career .433 on-base percentage.
Tough With Two
Huskers have gotten clutch hits all season with two outs, as the team has 71 two-out
RBI's. Leading the way is Chad Christensen, who
has driven in 16 of his team-leading 33 RBI's with two outs. Junior
college transfer Richard Stock also has double-digit two-out RBI's with 12.
games a year ago, All-American Cody Asche led the team with 16 two-out RBI's,
while only three players had 10 or more on the year, including Asche, Kash
Kalkowski (14) and Bryan Peters (12).
season Christensen played in all 55 games and totaled just four two-out RBI's.
Cashing in on Rich
Texarkana CC transfer Rich Sanguinetti had been a key cog in the
Husker offense so far this year. Hitting out of the two-hole in 23 of his 24
starts, Sanguinetti is hitting .340 on the year with a team-high nine sacrifice
bunts and is tied with Chad Christensen for the team lead in triples with two.
The junior center fielder has also driven in runs with six multi-RBI games on
the year to rank him second on the team with 24 RBI's.
Pitchers Best Friend
27 games the Huskers have turned 25 double plays. NU is on pace to turn just
over 51 double plays this season after only converting 35 a year ago.
Home Sweet Hawks
Nebraska baseball program is celebrating its 11th year at Hawks Field in 2012.
The Huskers are 241-83-1 (.743) since opening the park on March 5, 2002 with a
23-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney.
plays a total of 31 games at Hawks Field in 2012, and are 12-5 at Hawks Field
after wrapping up a 17-game homestand with a 6-3 win over Kansas State.
Off to the Right Start
Huskers 2-1 Big Ten series win over Illinois got the Huskers off on the right
foot for the first time since 2008. The last time the Huskers opened conference
play with a series win was the 2008 season, when the Huskers swept Kansas State
Huskers will look to win back-to-back conference series this weekend at
Northwestern. The last time NU won consecutive conference series was in 2008 at
member of the Big 12 Conference when NU took 2-of-3 from Baylor and Texas
Pat Kelly and Austin Darby have been big additions to the Huskers this season
as the two are each hitting over .330, including a team-high average of .419
(18-for-43) for Kelly.
Darby have combined to start 27 games, while hitting eight doubles, one triple,
four home runs and 21 RBI's.
seen time in right field, while Kelly has started at shortstop, second base and
2-2 series split with the No. 18 California Golden Bears snapped a series
losing streak to ranked squads.
Huskers had lost their last four series against ranked teams since taking
2-of-3 from No. 5 UCLA at Hawks Field in early March last season.
He Gets My Vote
Dylan Vogt has arguably been the Huskers top arm out of the bullpen with a 1.23
ERA in 22.0 innings of work over 12 appearances.
giving up three runs in his first appearances of the year, Vogt had given up
just three runs total since and is holding opposing batters to a .222 batting
The Right 'Hander'
Ryan Hander is the Huskers' go-to guy this year against right-handed hitters,
as he is holding righties to a .133 batting average. Hander has a 1.38 ERA on
the year over 13.0 innings of work and has given up only one extra-base hit
hitting just .220 as a sophomore following a .301 average as a freshman, Josh
Scheffert re-tooled his swing and is seeing success with a .409 average in
he earned the team's first ever Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor for his
successful week from March 12-18. For the week, Scheffert hit .650 with three
home runs, 10 RBI's and nine runs scored.
junior is riding a five-game hitting streak, including a career-high five hits
against Louisiana Tech on March 17. Over his last five games, Scheffert has
three doubles, one home run and six RBI's.
Huskers Picked Fourth by
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.
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 conference office.
Huskers Across the Country
Huskers hale from 12 different from all across the nation. Nebraska natives
make up 12 of the 32 players on the 2012 roster, while Texas has the second
most representatives at five. Other states with more than one player include,
Iowa (3), Colorado (3), Arizona (2) and Kansas (2).