Huskers Stop Sooner Home Streak with 11-9 Win
Norman, Okla. – Nebraska used a career day from Tyler Farst to take the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader with an 11-9 victory over No. 11 Oklahoma Sunday evening.
Farst paced Nebraska’s season-high 18-hit attack with his first career four-hit day, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs, as the Huskers snapped Oklahoma’s 16-game home win streak dating back to last May.
Cody Asche homered and drove in a career high four runs, while Nick Sullivan had two hits and a pair of RBIs for the Huskers (16-9-1, 4-4 Big 12), who jumped out to a 10-5 lead only to see Oklahoma pull within two runs and load the bases in the ninth.
Jordan Roualdes (4-1) earned his fourth straight win, scattering six hits over five innings, while Mike Nesseth preserved the win by going the final 2.2 innings and getting the Huskers out of a pair of dicey situations.
“We had a lot of hits and kept punching runs across without the homers, which was important,” Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson said. “Jordan gave up a few runs early, but I thought he was the key for us today. He settled down and got deeper into the game which allowed us to get to (Michael) Mariot and (Mike) Nesseth and do some things. As much as it was an offensive day, I thought Roualdes was the key to it getting deeper into the game for us.”
After spotting Oklahoma a run in the bottom of the first, Nebraska came back with a pair of runs in the top of the second to take its first lead of the series. Farst singled to open the frame and stole second before Nick Sullivan ripped a triple to center, plating Farst with the first run. Cody Asche then drove in Sullivan with a ground out to second to put NU ahead 2-1.
The lead would be short lived, as J.T. Wise and Garrett Buechele opened the bottom half of the frame with back-to-back homers to put the Sooners ahead 3-2.
Nebraska put on a power display of its own in the fourth to chase OU starter Michael Rocha after 3.2 innings of work. With two outs and a runner on third, Asche gave the Huskers the lead for good, sending a Rocha offering over the fence in left for his second home of the season. Jed Hanson, who went 2-for-4 on the day, followed Asche’s blast with a homer of his own, as the back-to-back shots extended the Husker lead to 5-3.
One inning later, Nebraska would add to the lead, scoring three times to make it an 8-3 advantage. Three straight hits, capped by a Farst RBI single, plated the first run before the Huskers got some timely two-out hitting against reliever Tyson Seng. Sullivan’s second hit of the day, an RBI single to right, made it 7-3 before Asche’s RBI double made it a five-run advantage.
The Sooners (22-6, 3-2 Big 12) pushed across a pair of runs in the fifth on RBI singles from Matt Harughty and Bryant Hernandez to pull within 8-5, but Nebraska came back with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, as Farst smacked a two-out two-run double to center to make it a 10-5 cushion.
Oklahoma kept slicing into the Husker lead, scoring three times in the seventh to pull within 10-8 after a Hernandez RBI single and a two-run triple from Casey Johnson.
The Huskers got a much-needed insurance run in the eighth, as Bubak opened the inning with a double and came around to score on a Boomer Collins RBI single, the third hit of the afternoon for the freshman, to make it 11-8.
OU chipped away, putting runners on second and third with one out in the eight, but only got one run. Collins made a spectacular catch off an Aaron Baker liner, preventing extra bases, but getting the Sooners within 11-9. In the ninth, OU loaded the bases on a single and two hit batters, but Mike Nesseth, who fanned five over 2.2 innings of relief got out of the jam by striking out Harughty to end the game.
Harughty went 3-for-4 and scored three times, while Hernandez had three hits and a pair of RBIs in a losing effort.
The teams will finish the series Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. with the game carried across Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network and on the Internet at Huskers.com