Game 3 Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Notes

  • The Huskers ended the season with a 42-17 record, their 17th 40-win season in program history and seventh in the past eight years.
  • Nebraska ended the NCAA Regional with an 0-2 record, the first time in school history the Huskers failed to record a win in a regional. It was the 10th all-time postseason appearance for the Huskers, who now own a 28-21 record in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Nebraska was the No. 6 national seed entering the tournament, the third time in school history the Huskers were a top-eight seed. The previous two times, in 2001 and 2005, the Huskers posted perfect 3-0 records in regional play and swept two games at the Super Regional to reach the College World Series.
  • Husker starter Tony Watson became the 11th player in program history to throw 100 or more innings in a season, as he went 6.1 innings while taking the loss Saturday. Watson finished the 2006 campaign with 100.1 innings pitched on the season. It was easily a team high as he was the only Husker to throw at least 90.0 innings this season.
  • Watson suffered only his second loss of the season and the third loss of his career by allowing five runs on six hits Saturday. Of the five runs, only one was earned, as he finished the season with the best ERA among the team’s starters (2.78).
  • Shortstop Ryan Wehrle recorded his team-high 29th multi-hit game of the season by finishing 2-for-4 against the Dons. Wehrle’s 29 multi-hit games are the most by a Husker since the 2002 season when Jeff Leise (36) and Jed Morris (32) topped the mark.
  • Nebraska scored just two runs in the regional, the fewest runs it has produced in back-to-back games this season. The last time the Huskers posted two or fewer combined runs in consecutive games was May 22-23, 2004, when the Huskers defeated Oklahoma, 1-0, in 11 innings and lost 2-1 in the final game of the regular season.
  • Designated hitter Andy Gerch accounted for all of Nebraska’s run production, as he recorded his fourth home run of the season. Gerch finished the game 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
  • Nebraska left eight on base in the contest and 18 over two games this weekend. The Huskers’ opponents combined to leave just seven on base as they outscored Nebraska 9-2 at the regional.
  • Closer Brett Jensen finished his Nebraska career second all-time with 80 career appearances, trailing only Steve Hale who had 87 appearances as a Husker. Jensen went the final 1.2 innings Saturday without allowing a hit and striking out three to finish the season with a 2.56 ERA in 27 appearances in 2006.


San Francisco Notes

  • The Dons, who entered the weekend ranked No. 25 in the Baseball America poll, improved to 39-22 on the season with the 5-1 win over the Huskers.
  • The win was the first for San Francisco in the postseason, as this season marks the Dons’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Dons are now 1-1 in postseason play and face the loser of Saturday night’s winner’s bracket game between Miami and Manhattan.
  • Second baseman Joey Railey put the final touches on the Dons’ victory in the seventh inning when he launched his second home run of the season over the left field fence. Railey collected two of San Francisco’s six hits, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
  • Railey moved ahead of teammate Scott Cousins into sixth place on the USF single-season hit list, as Railey now has 81 hits on the season
  • Right fielder Steffan Gartrell, a former walk-on who led the West Coast Conference in RBIs during the regular season, also scored two runs after going 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
  • It was the fourth time in the last eight games that San Francisco allowed one or fewer runs in a contest. USF is 5-3 in that span, including a 15-1 victory over then-No. 29 Hawaii.
  • USF starter Aaron Poreda improved to 8-5 on the season as he picked up his sixth win in his past seven starts, allowing just one run on four hits over 6.2 innings. His eight wins tie for third in the USF single-season record book.
  • Poreda picked up five strikeouts to cross the century mark this season, as he now has 101 strikeouts on the year. The four hits Poreda allowed tied for the second-fewest in any of his starts this season.
  • Patrick McGuigan, another former walk-on for the Dons who went on to earn West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher-of-the-Year honors this season, picked up his fifth save this season and extended his school record to 19 career saves, as he went the final 2.1 innings allowing just one hit. It was his 88th career appearance, which also extended his school record.
  • USF improved to 8-5 this season vs. ranked teams and 36-18 in day games. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Dons.


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