Houston, Texas - The Nebraska baseball team enjoyed its best offensive effort in six seasons, as the Huskers broke out the bats in a 21-9 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday afternoon at the Rice Invitational.
Kyle Bubak and Tyler Farst both put together career afternoons, as Nebraska’s 21 runs were the most since scoring 22 on Kent State in 2004. Bubak led Nebraska’s (2-3) 19-hit attack with a career-high five hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored four times. Bubak’s five hits and four runs scored were career bests, and his five-hit afternoon was the first by a Husker since Jeff Tezak in 2007.
Farst matched his career best with five RBIs, including a three-run homer that broke open a two-run game in the top of the fourth inning. Farst, who did not drive in a run at Fresno State, matched his personal best set against Northern Colorado last March. Cody Asche also drove in three runs, while freshman Chad Christensen added a pair of RBIs, including his first career homer, in his Husker debut.
Timely hitting helped Nebraska extend its win streak to two games, as the Huskers scored 11 of its first 12 runs in two-out situations, including five of six runs in the fourth and all five runs one inning later. The clutch hitting helped the Huskers build a 12-2 lead after five innings, and NU led 19-3 after six and a half innings.
“I was pleased with our offense today and the discipline we showed, especially from the second inning on,” Anderson said. ‘The first 2-3 innings, we fought, but didn’t get any runs and then we started pouring some runs off. We needed that and got some guys feeling good about themselves which was good to see. We were also able to string together good at-bats to keep innings alive.”
The Huskers received a solid performance from right-hander Sean Yost (1-0), who went six innings for his first win. Yost scattered seven hits and fanned five without a walk and settled down after a slow start, as he retired nine of 10 Islanders in one stretch to hand Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (3-1) its first loss of the season.
“I thought Sean did a real nice job of filling up the zone today,” Anderson said. “We wanted to keep him to around 90 pitches, and except for one inning did a nice job of keeping them in check.”
Trailing 2-1, Nebraska batted around in the fourth, chasing Islander starter Ian Campbell and building a 7-2 lead. With runners on second and third and one out, Bubak tied the game with an RBI single, scoring Patric Tolentino, who singled, moved to second on a Kale Kiser walk and advanced to third on a Christensen sacrifice. Three batters later, Asche made it a 4-2 game with a two-run single to left before Farst capped the six run inning with a three-run homer to left to end Campbell’s day.
The Huskers continued to add on to the lead one inning later with five more runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Farst. Leading 8-2 with the bases loaded, Asche coaxed a walk before Farst’s two-run single to center and an RBI single by Bailey put the game out of reach.
Nebraska added to the margin with a five-run seventh, including run-scoring doubles from Kale Kiser and Khiry Cooper in taking a 19-3 lead.
Trey Herdandez led Texas A&M-Corpus Christ with a 4-for-6 afternoon with two homers and six RBIs, accounting for five of the Islanders’ six runs over their last three at-bats.
The Huskers will continue play at the Rice Invitational Saturday afternoon, as they take on the host Owls. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. and the game will be carried on Huskers.com and live video will be available on HuskersNside.
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