Aaron Miller led the charge for the Bears (25-20, 9-12 Big 12), going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI, while Doug Dickerson had three hits and scored twice, as Baylor totaled 16 hits plated runs in five of its eight at-bats.
Craig Corriston homered while Jake Opitz and Mitch Abeita drove in runs in the loss, as
Kempf, who took the loss in Saturday’s series opener, bounced back with a solid performance to earn his sixth win of the year. He allowed a pair of runs and scattered five hits over five innings to up his record to 6-2. Thurman closed the door on the Huskers’ chances for a road sweep, as he allowed one hit and fanned seven over four frames for his second save of the year.
They did a good job on the mound today,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “He (Kempf) did a good job of coming back from yesterday and the lefty was very good for them today.”
The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Husker starter Aaron Pribanic, as he allowed three hits and walked three in the opening frame. One-out singles by Beamer Weems and Dickerson put runners on first and second before a walk loaded the bases. Miller then blooped a single to plate a run before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Raynor Campbell put the Bears up 2-0. Two batters later, Paul Miles singled off of the glove of NU second baseman Jake Opitz put the Huskers in a 4-0 hole.
“It was a rough start,”
Pribanic (3-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits over an inning of work
The Huskers began chipping away at Baylor’s lead, scoring single runs in the second and third innings against Kempf. In the second, Corrison put the Huskers on the board with his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot to left. One inning later, Opitz’s single to center scored Bryce Nimmo, who singled and moved to second on a balk to make it a 4-2 contest.
That would as close as Nebraska would get, as the Bears used clutch two-out hitting to push across single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to extend their advantage to five runs and seal the win.
In the fourth, Miller’s second hit of the game plated Paul Horning, who doubled with two outs. Beamer Weems made it 6-2 one inning later, as his triple past a diving DJ Belfonte in right scored Shaver Hansen. Dickerson pushed the lead to five runs in the seventh, as his two-out single scored Hansen for the second time this afternoon.
The Huskers return home to begin an eight-game homestand on Tuesday night against