Lincoln -- Cody Asche homered and drove in a career-high five runs, as Nebraska completed a three-game sweep of Houston Baptist with a 13-4 victory on Sunday.
Asche went 3-for-3 on the afternoon, including an RBI double in the first and a three-run homer – his third of the weekend – in the sixth, as Nebraska (7-7) pounded out 14 hits to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. Asche is hitting .400 over his last 10 contests after going hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the season.
“Cody is a kid who we started out in the three hole and didn’t have a great start, but since the fall practices he has been outstanding,” Anderson said. “He’s just finding his groove and getting into live pitching. You started to see that a little bit at UCLA, but didn’t get it in results. He has gotten some results today and over the weekend.”
Tyler Farst drove in three runs on the day, while Adam Bailey added two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored, as Nebraska built a 13-1 lead after seven innings and emptied its bench over the final three innings.
Freshman Tom Lemke (3-0) was terrific in his first home start, as he allowed one infield hit, a single off the bat of Robbie Buller in the second, over six innings of work for the win. The right-hander fanned four and retired 12 in a row in stretch, as he faced the minimum in his last four innings of work. Lemke’s only blemish was in the second, as Houston Baptist took advantage of a wild pitch and a fielding error to push across its only run against the Phoenix, Ariz., native.
“That was another good outing by Tom Lemke,” Anderson said. “I thought he did a great job. It’s good to see a freshman keep doing that. He ran into a little bit of trouble, but overcame that and commanded the zone. I really liked the way our pitchers commanded the zone the whole weekend.”
Lemke, Michael Mariot and Casey Hauptman combined to allow seven hits over 22 innings of work in the series.
Nebraska got off to a quick start, pushing across a pair of runs in the first and third innings to take a 4-1 lead against Michael Schulle. In the first, a two-out RBI double from Asche and a run-scoring single by Farst gave NU a 2-1 lead. Kale Kiser opened the third with a single before scoring on Bailey’s RBI double in the gape. Three batters later, Farst drove in his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly to left to take a three-run lead.
The Huskers extended the margin to 7-1 with three runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a pair of walks and two wild pitches by HBU pitching and getting another RBI single by Asche. The sophomore third baseman put the game out reach one inning later, as his three-run homer over the bullpen in right highlighted a five-run frame to make it 12-1 after six innings.
Trailing 13-1, Houston Baptist (4-9) got three runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Buller and a solo shot from Jake Gonzales.
The Huskers will wrap up the five-game homestand against South Dakota State Tuesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. in a game that was originally scheduled for March 2. Season-ticket holders should use Ticket #1 for Tuesday’s matchup.
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