Weber, Huskers Hold Off Sooners
Weber (4-1) picked up his fourth straight win, scattering nine hits and striking out six as he pitched into the eighth. The senior, who is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his last four starts, pitched out of jams all afternoon, as the Sooners (17-7, 0-2 Big 12) tallied 13 hits, but were held scoreless until a frantic rally fell short in the ninth.
Opitz led the Husker attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scoring twice, as he accounted for three of Nebraska’s four runs, while Sullivan, who is hitting .469 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 games, picked up his second multi-RBI day of the weekend, driving in a pair of runs.
Oklahoma put runners on base in every inning, but Weber made pitches when he had to, getting out of trouble at every opportunity. The Huskers turned three double plays and did not commit an error, while holding the Sooners hitless in two-out situations. Oklahoma’s best opportunity came in the sixth, as J.T. Wise opened the inning with a double before Jamie Johnson’s single put runners on the corners with no outs. Weber struck out Tyson Seng and got Casey Johnson to fly out to left before fanning Trey Sperring to end the threat
Weber’s mound presence impressed Anderson, whose Huskers (17-3, 5-0 Big 12) are off to their best start in league play since 2001.
"Our pitchers are doing a good job of containing some things," Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson said.
"The start of this game and the finish of this game were kind of hectic. They got a couple of base hits, but we were able to finish it. Each time, Thad (Weber) had a lot of composure. He did a lot of things similar to Johnny (Dorn) on Friday."
The Huskers struck early against Sooner starter Andrew Doyle, getting three runs in the first, including a two-run single from Sullivan. DJ Belfonte opened the game with a single before a Sooner error put runners on the corners with no outs. Opitz made it a 1-0 lead with a single to right, scoring Belfonte. After an Abeita sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position, Sullivan cleared the bases with an opposite-field single to spot Weber a 3-0 lead.
Neither team would score again until the seventh when the Huskers got an insurance run off the bat of Opitz, who launched a Doyle offering into the parking lot in right for his second homer of the year.
Doyle (4-2) allowed four runs on nine hits over 7.2 innings to get the loss for the Sooners.
Oklahoma fought back in the ninth, scoring three runs before Mike Nesseth quelled the rally for his second save. Three straight hits off of Erik Anderson to open the frame loaded the bases. Anderson struck out Mike Gosse for the first out, but the ball bounced away to let a run score. Aljay Davis made it a 4-2 game, driving in a run with an infield single before. Zach Herr got pinch hitter Zach Hedges to pop out for the second out before Nesseth came into face Wise with the tying run on second. A wild pitch made it a one-run game before Nesseth struck out Wise on a 2-2 pitch, giving the Huskers its second Big 12 series win in as many weekends.
The Huskers will close out the series Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Aaron Pribanic (2-0, 0.76 ERA) will be opposed by Oklahoma right-hander Michael Rocha (2-0, 3.60 ERA). The game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and on Huskers.com.