Evanston, Ill. - A complete game
from Northwestern's Zach Morton was too much for the Nebraska baseball team (19-11,
3-3 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park in a 6-1 loss to the
Wildcats. After winning on Friday night, the Huskers dropped the final two
games of the three game series to lose their first conference series.
starter Zach Hirsch gave the Huskers a solid outing over 5.2 innings, as the St.
Charles, Ill., native gave up just three runs on seven hits. The Huskers were
unable to get the offense going with only six hits on the day. Michael
Pritchard led the Huskers with a 2-for-3 performance and one run scored.
retired the Wildcats in order in the first, but Jack Havey broke the streak
with a leadoff single in the bottom of the second and scored on a two-out
double by Colby Everett to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Huskers nearly
threw out Havey at the plate, but catcher Richard Stock was unable to handle
the relay throw.
being sent down in order in the first three innings, Pritchard worked a leadoff
walk in the top of the fourth and moved into scoring position at second a slow
grounder up the first-base line by Rich Sanguinetti. Nebraska then caught a
break on a wild pitch, that allowed Pritchard to move to third with Christensen
up. The wild pitch came back to hurt the Wildcats, as Pritchard scored on a RBI
groundout by Chad Christensen to the second baseman, tying the game at 1-1
through three innings.
got the run back and added another in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run
homer from Havey after a leadoff walk to Paul Snieder. Hirsch bounced right
back and struck out Nick Linne for the first out of the inning, but the
Wildcats strung together back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third.
Hirsch buckled down to retired Walker Moses on a pop out and struck out
Hamilton Wise to end the inning.
got the Huskers going in the sixth with a leadoff single and moved to second on
a sacrifice bunt from Sanguinetti. NU's left fielder was unable to score though,
as Morton retired Christensen and Kash Kalkowski to end the inning.
continued to add runs with three in the seventh on three hits to take a
commanding 6-1. Nebraska notched a pair of singles in the eighth and a leadoff double
from Stock in the ninth, but was unable to cut into the Wildcat lead.
Huskers will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Manhattan,
Kan., to face the Kansas State Wildcats. NU will look to sweep the season
series with the Wildcats after winning the first two meetings of the year, both
at Hawks Field. KStateSports.com will have a video stream of the game
(subscription required), while Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle will have the call
on the Husker Sports Network, including Huskers.com.