Corpus Christi, Texas - The Nebraska
baseball team picked up its second straight win in a 15-0 victory over the Utah
Utes on Saturday at Whataburger Field, after NU scored five runs on 12 hits in
a 5-2 win over Utah on Friday afternoon to open the Kleberg Bank College
Classic. While NU starter Jon Keller kept the Utes off the board with just two
hits over seven innings of work, the Husker bats lit up the Utes' pitching
staff with 18 hits, including a combined 11 runs off 10 hits in the third,
fourth and fifth innings.
was dominate in his second start of the season to move to 1-0 on the year. The
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native only struck out two, but also kept the ball in the
zone and only allowed two walks. The 6-5 righty sent the Utes down in order
four times on the day, including 1-2-3 innings in both the sixth and seventh.
Hander and Aaron Bummer combined to finish the shutout for the Huskers in the
eighth and ninth innings. Hander sent the Utes down in order with two
strikeouts in the eighth, while Bummer notch a strikeout in his first career
appearance in the ninth.
Peters led the Huskers with a career-high four hits, including two doubles,
while Chad Christensen, Josh Scheffert and Sam Stucky each had two hits.
Christensen belted his second home run of the season for two his team-leading four
RBIs and Kale Kiser was close behind with three RBI's, while Rich Sanguinetti
and Kurt Farmer each had two RBI's.
two solid innings to start the game, including a pair of strikeouts in the
first, Utah starter Ben Mordini lost his touch in the third. Mordini had two
strikes on Stucky, but the NU catcher earned a free pass to lead off the inning after
being hit-by-pitch. Junior Bryan Peters followed with a double down the
leftfield line and Kiser was hit-by-pitch to load the bases with no outs for Sanguinetti.
Mordini continued to struggle and walked Sanguinetti to plate Stucky for the
first run of the game. Following a strikeout by Austin Darby for the first out
of the inning, Christensen continued his hot hitting and drove in Peters and
Kiser with a RBI single to left field. Stock kept the runs coming with a 4-3
groundout to score Sanguinetti and move Christensen to third. Farmer then dug
into his bag of tricks with a two-out bunt down the third base line that not
only resulted in an infield single, but also scored Christensen to give NU a 5-0
Huskers would bat around again in the fourth and add five more runs to give
Keller a 10-0 lead. Stucky led off with a single and then the Utes' pitching
staff once again loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch of Peters and a walk to
Kiser. Sanguinetti came through with an RBI groundout before Christen produced
his third and fourth RBI's of the game on a two-run home run to left field for
his second homer of the season. Richard Stock nearly made it back-to-back home
runs, but settled for a double on a ball that bounced out of the right fielders
glove on the warning track. Stock soon scored on an RBI single from Farmer.
wasn't satisfied with the 10-0 lead, as it added another run in the fifth off
three singles and two runs in the sixth off four singles, including a two-out,
two-RBI single from Kiser. NU plated two more in the eighth to take a 15-0 lead
off three straight hits from Scheffert, Stucky and Peters, including Peters'
second double of the day.
a 30-minute intermission, the Huskers will hit the field again for a nightcap
with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Junior Tom Lemke will make his first start
of the season against the Islanders, while TAMU-Corpus Christi will counter
with junior right-hander Tim Keller. NU will finish the Kleberg Bank College
Classic tomorrow with an 11 a.m. game against UNLV. The Rebels are 1-1 on the
weekend following a 3-1 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday night
and a 9-2 win over Utah earlier today.