Huskers Rope 'Pokes, 14-5
Stillwater, Okla. – Craig Corriston and Nick Sullivan combined to drive in seven runs, while Dan Jennings tossed four shutout innings of relief for his fourth win, leading sixth-ranked Nebraska to a 14-5 victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon.
The Huskers (25-6-1, 11-3-1 Big 12) pounded out 13 hits against five Oklahoma State pitchers, as Corriston had two hits and matched his career high with four RBIs, while Nick Sullivan drove in three runs and scored a career-high four times. Bryce Nimmo also had a big afternoon in the leadoff spot, going 2-for-3 with three walks and scored three times to help hand Oklahoma State just its second home loss in 16 home games.
Dan Jennings earned the victory in relief, allowing one hit and fanning three over four shutout innings of relief. The left-hander, who improved to 4-0 on the year, has not allowed a run in his last 25 innings of work dating back to March 18.
The Huskers, who have 10 come-from-behind wins, overcame an early 2-1 deficit with four runs in the third inning off of OSU starter Tyler Blandford (3-3) without the aid of a base hit.
Nebraska loaded the bases on three Blandford walks before Nick Sullivan hit a grounder to Thomas Belza at second for what looked like an inning-ending double play, but Belza’s throw to second was wide of the bag for an error, allowing Nimmo to tie the game at two. Corriston was then hit by a Blandford pitch, putting the Huskers up 3-2 and ending the Cowboy starter’s day after 2.1 innings. Matt Peck came in and walked Cody Neer on four pitches to drive in a run before DJ Belftonte’s fly ball to right was booted by OSU’s Matt Hague, allowing the Huskers fourth run of the inning to cross the plate.
Blandford allowed five runs – three earned – in 2.1 innings, as he walked five and hit a batter in taking the loss.
The Huskers extended the lead to 8-2 in the fourth with three runs, highlighted by a two-run single from
Corriston. With one out, Jake Mort walked before Mitch Abeita’s two-out single put runners on first and second. Reliever Josh Neal hit Nick Sullivan to load the bases before uncorking a wild pitch to score Mort. Corriston then cleared the bases, sending a full-count pitch into center to give NU a five-run lead.
The Cowboys sliced into Nebraska’s lead in the top of the fifth, scoring three times and chasing NU starter Aaron Pribanic after 4.0 innings. Three singles and a wild pitch accounted for the Cowboys’ first run before a walk to Luis Flores loaded the bases and ended Pribanic’s day. Jennings came in and stemmed the tide, not allowing a hit, but a sacrifice fly by Rebel Ridling and a bases-loaded walk to Belza pulled the Cowboys to within 8-5.
That would be as close as the Cowboys got, as Nebraska tacked on three in the sixth and three more over the final two innings for the final margin. In the sixth, Nick Sullivan’s two-run single and a Corriston RBI double made it an 11-6 lead. NU salted the game away with a pair of runs in the eighth, getting an RBI single from Cody Neer and Belfonte run-scoring double.
The Huskers return to Hawks Field to begin a five-game homestand that begins Tuesday night when the Huskers host Wichita State. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com or calling the Nebraska Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED.