Huskers Complete Sweep with 13-10 Win
Lincoln – Bryce Nimmo went 4-for-6 with four RBIs, as fifth-ranked Nebraska completed a doubleheader sweep of No. 9 Texas A&M, winning the nightcap, 13-10, Sunday evening at Hawks Field.
Nimmo, whose four hits matched his career high, led the charge for the Huskers (38-9-1, 17-6-1 Big 12), as Nebraska overcame an early 9-4 deficit by scoring nine runs in its final three at-bats.
The win, coupled with NU’s 9-8 victory in the opener when the Huskers scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, pulled the Huskers within a game and a half of the Aggies (42-10, 19-5 Big 12) in the Big 12 lead entering the final weekend of action.
Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson was proud of the Huskers’ resiliency following Friday’s 16-inning loss.
"It was a pretty remarkable series. It extends from just two teams fighting their tails off. I told our kids from the baseball standpoint, whether it’s pitching, hitting, defense, we can throw those things aside this weekend. One thing that’s going to stay with me forever is how well these kids fought, even in the 16-inning game. This is a series that you could say they had a chance to sweep and so did we. That’s how tight it was. Our kids just kept fighting little by little."
Trailing 9-4, the Huskers began to rally after a David Stewart double and an error off the bat of Andy Cotton – one of six miscues by the Aggies in the nightcap – put runners on first and second. Nimmo greeted reliever Scott Migl with a two-run triple into the corner in right before Jake Mort plated Nimmo with a ground out to pull the Huskers within two runs.
Mort went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI, while Stewart, who drove in five runs in the opener, had two hits and scored twice as the Huskers converted the Aggie errors until six unearned runs to complete its fifth straight doubleheader sweep.
Texas A&M extended the lead to 10-7 on an RBI single by Kevin Gonzales in the seventh and had runners on second and third looking to extend the margin, but Mike Nesseth struck out Kyle Colligan and Blake Stouffer to get NU out of the inning without further damage.
Nesseth (4-1) allowed one hit and struck out five over 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and
"It boiled down to just a few things at the end and Michael (Nesseth) was great. In that 16-inning game, we used a lot of pitching and they used a lot of pitching. On Sundays, it’s a day where teams score a lot of runs and we understand that. We happened to just score a little bit more than them."
Migl opened the seventh by hitting both Nick Sullivan and Tyler Farst before a wild pitch from reliever Kirkland Rivers moved both runners in scoring position. DJ Belfonte walked to load the bases before Stewart’s ground out pulled NU within two runs. Shane Minks came into the game and uncorked a wild pitch to plate one run before a passed ball on Aggie catcher Kevin Gonzalez scored Belfonte to knot the game up at 10 all.
In the eighth, Farst reached on an error by Jose Duran to open the inning before Belfonte’s single to center went under the glove of Aggie center fielder Kyle Colligan, allowing Farst to score from first with the go-ahead run. Stewart made it 12-10 with an RBI single before Nimmo’s fourth hit of the day provided the final margin.
Duran went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in the losing effort, while Stouffer had two RBIs on the day.
In the opener, Mitch Abeita’s RBI single in the ninth broke an 8-all deadlock, as the Huskers scored five times in the ninth to pull out a 9-8 win
The win snapped Texas A&M’s 16-game Big 12 winning streak and was the largest ninth-inning comeback at Nebraska under Mike Anderson.
Abeita sent a 1-2 pitch from Kyle Thebeau into center, scoring Bryce Nimmo from second with the winning run, as Nebraska scored five times off of Kyle Thebeau to earn their 19th come-from-behind win of the year.
Nick Sullivan opened the inning with a single before Tyler Farst reached on a fielding error. After a DJ Belfonte walk to load the bases, David Stewart’s grounder was misplayed by Luke Anders, allowing Sullivan to score to make it a three-run game. Cody Neer kept the rally going, delivering a two-run single to left to pull Nebraska within a run. Bryce Nimmo tied the game, scoring Farst on a fielder’s choice. Thebeau struck out Jake Mort for the second out, but walked Jake Opitz to put the tying run on second before Abeita’s base hit sent the crowd of 7,653 to their feet.
Stewart led Nebraska in the opener, going 2-for-4 with a homer and a career-high five RBIs, driving in the Huskers’ first four runs.