- The Nebraska baseball team (6-4, 0-0 Big Ten) ended its trip to the Metrodome
on Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the
Dairy Queen Classic. The Huskers went 2-1 on the weekend, as they took
Saturday's game against New Mexico in dramatic fashion with four runs in the
bottom of the ninth inning, capped with a two-run walk-off homerun by Rich
Sanguinetti. Three Huskers earned all-tournament honors, including Richard
Stock at first base, Austin Darby in the outfield and Michael Pritchard at
also earned the tournament's Silver Stick Award as the weekend's most valuable
hitter. The sophomore was 5-for-8 on the weekend with one double, three RBI's
and four runs scored. On Sunday allow, Pritchard was 3-for-4 with a career-high
three RBI's and three runs scored. Stock and Blake Headley also had multiple
hits on the afternoon with two each and each drove in a run.
starter Tom Lemke gave the Huskers five solid innings and earned his first win
of 2012 in his second start of the season. The 6-8 righty gave up one run on
four hits and struck out two. The NU bullpen then took over and gave up two
runs on three hits over the final four innings of the game.
scoring a combined seven runs through the first two games of the Dairy Queen
Classic, the Husker offense exploded for seven runs in the first four frames
against the Gophers, including three runs in the top of the second inning.
jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Stock continued to swing a
hot stick with a two-out RBI double that drove in Pritchard, who led off the
game with a single. It was Stock's sixth double in the last seven games and his
third double of the weekend.
first three Husker hitters came around to score in the top of the second off
four hits, including a pair of doubles from Kale Kiser and Pritchard. Cory
Burleson led off the inning with a walk and scored following a single from
Headley and a double from Kiser. Pritchard notched his second hit in two innings
to drive in Headley and Kiser, putting the Huskers up 4-0.
scored the Huskers' fifth run of the game in the top third after reaching on a
one-out single. Chad Christensen followed Stock with a bunt single, but was
cleared off the base paths on a fielder's choice by Burleson. Headley came
through with his second single of the game to drive in Stock with two outs.
runs kept coming in the fourth following back-to-back hits to start the inning.
Pat Kelly led off with a double into the right-field corner and scored on a
single by Pritchard, as it was the lefty's third hit in the first four innings
of the game. Pritchard came around to score his second run of the game
following a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt by Sanguinetti and a passed ball.
7-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Gophers started to chip away at the
Husker lead with one run each in the fifth, sixth and seventh, including a
leadoff home run by Michael Handel to start the seventh inning. Minnesota would
get no closer though, as Brandon Pierce pitched a perfect eight inning and
Travis Huber threw a shutout in the ninth.
being held scoreless for four straight innings, the Huskers added three more
runs in the top of the ninth to put the game away for good. Kiser led off with
a walk and scored on a bunt single by Bryan Peters, that also included a
throwing error by the Gophers that moved Peters to third. Pritchard and
Sanguinetti walked to load the bases for Darby, who came through with a two-RBI
single to push the Husker lead to 10-3.
playing their first 10 games of the season away from the Lincoln, the Huskers
will hold their home opener on Tuesday afternoon against the Kansas State
Wildcats at 2:05 p.m. The game with the Wildcats is the first of 17 straight
home games at Hawks Field, as Nebraska will also play UNK, California, South
Dakota State, Louisiana Tech, Northern Colorado and Illinois. Nebraska's Big
Ten opening series against the Fighting Illini starts on Friday, March 23, at
C: Max Nogay, West Virginia
1B: Richard Stock, Nebraska
2B: Matt Puhl, Minnesota
SS: John Polonius, West Virginia
3B: Dan Olinger, Minnesota
OF: Brady Wilson, West Virginia
OF: Bobby Juan, Minnesota
OF: Austin Darby, Nebraska
P: Ryan Beck, New Mexico State
P: TJ Oakes, Minnesota
DH: Michael Pritchard, Nebraska
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Matt Puhl, Minnesota
Silver Stick: Michael Pritchard, Nebraska