Game 1 Postgame Notes
NCAA Lincoln Regional: Game 1 (Nebraska vs. Manhattan)
- Pitcher Joba Chamberlain recorded his 100th strikeout of 2006 by sitting down Manhattan’s John Fitzpatrick in the fifth. Chamberlain ended the game in the eighth inning with eight strikeouts on the day for a total of 102 strikeouts this season. The total ranks seventh on NU’s single-season list and he joins Shane Komine as the only Husker pitchers to fan 100 or more hitters more than once at NU.
- Chamberlain’s 7.1 innings on Friday matched his longest outing of the season, also against Baylor on May 12 and North Carolina State on Feb. 18.
- The loss is Nebraska’s first in the opening round of a Lincoln regional and just the third opening-round regional loss in Husker baseball history.
- Chamberlain allowed back-to-back home runs in the second inning for first time since Oklahoma State launched a pair of homers facing Tony Watson on May 7, 2006. The Oklahoma State game was also the only other time that Nebraska allowed two home runs in a single game in 2006. Chamberlain had never allowed back-to-back home runs in his career.
- The loss is just the second for the Huskers in games that were televised in 2006. Nebraska saw its previous streak of nine consecutive wins in televised games snapped last weekend in its loss to Kansas at the Big 12 Championship.
- Centerfielder Bryce Nimmo was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third inning, giving him 11 this season. Third baseman Jake Mort was also hit by a pitch in the third to give him 10 on the year. The Huskers now have three players who have been hit by at least 10 pitches this season, led by Luke Gorsett's 13.
- Catcher Jeff Christy drove in his 32nd run of the season with his sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to match his RBI total from 2005.
- Outfielder Andrew Brown’s triple in the bottom of the sixth inning was the first of his career at Nebraska.
- Ryan Wehrle’s double was his 22nd of the season, moving him into a tie for sixth place on NU’s single-season chart. He tied six other players, most recently Alex Gordon and Daniel Bruce in 2005.
- Zach Herr and Erik Bird both made their 24th appearances this afternoon, as both are away from NU’s single-season freshman record.
- The win is Manhattan’s first ever in an NCAA regional after losing to Penn State, 2-1, in the Jaspers’ last NCAA Tournament appearance in 1957.
- Manhattan pitching ace Chris Cody tossed his ninth complete game of the season, recording seven strikeouts to bring his season total to 105.
- Designated hitter John Fitzpatrick went 2 for 4 against the Huskers today, which brings his career hits total to 214. Fitzpatrick, who has already set program records for home runs (34), RBIs (175) and doubles (57), is now just one hit away from setting the Jasper hits record currently held by Gary Diaz who had 215 hits from 2002 to 2005.
- First baseman Eric Nieto extended his career and program steal record to 39 with a steal against the Huskers in the eighth inning.