Nebraska (0-7, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. New
Mexico (2-4, 0-0 Mountain West)
Friday, March 1 - 2:05 p.m. (CT)
RHP Brandon Pierce (0-2) vs. RHP A.J. Carman (1-0)
Saturday, March 2 - 2:05 p.m. (CT)
RHP Christian DeLeon (0-0) vs. LHP Kevin Baumgartner (0-0)
Sunday, March 3 - 1:05 p.m. (CT)
RHP Ryan Hander (0-1) vs. RHP Sam Wolff (1-0)
After playing its first seven games on the road, the Nebraska baseball team
(0-7, 0-0 Big Ten) is set to host its home opener on Friday, March 1, against
the New Mexico Lobos at 2:05 p.m. The three-game series continues on Saturday
at 2:05 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. game.
There will be no TV coverage this weekend, but all three
games will be streamed live on HuskersNSide, subscription required.
The Huskers are in search of their first win of the
season, while the Lobos enter the weekend with a 2-4 record. The Lobos opened
with a three-game home series against Oklahoma State before traveling to Corpus
Christi, Texas, for the Kleberg Bank College Classic. Nebraska played in the
Kleberg Bank College Classic last season.
Nebraska holds a 19-8 advantage in the all-time series
with the Lobos, with the first meeting coming in 1980. The Lobos last came to
Lincoln in 2009 for a two-game midweek series. The Huskers took both games, 4-2
and 9-5. New Mexico's last win came during the 2007 season when the teams
opened the year with a double header in Arlington, Texas. Nebraska won game
one, 6-2, before the Lobos took game two, 6-2.
On the Radio:
Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Lane Grindle and Jeff
Culhane call all of the action on the Husker Sports Network - including KLIN
1400 AM and 94.5 FM in Lincoln - and on the Internet at Huskers.com or the
Official Husker App. A complete list of HSN affiliates can be found on page 12.
There is no television coverage of any game this weekend.
All three games this weekend will be streamed live on HuskersNSide,
subscription is required. Information about HuskersNSide can be found by
looking under the "Multimedia" tab at the top of Huskers.com. Subscriptions
vary from $12.95 for one month to $54.95 for a one-year subscription.
Home Sweet Hawks
The Nebraska baseball program is celebrating its 12th year
at Hawks Field in 2012. The Huskers are 249-88-1 (.738) since opening the park
on March 5, 2002 with a 23-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney.
After playing 31 homes games in 2012, the Huskers are set
to host 21 games at Hawks Field in 2013, while playing 31 true roads games and
two neutral site games at the TD Ameritrade Classic in late April.
Home Winning Streak
The Huskers have won their last 34 home openers dating
back to the 1979 season. Nebraska is 11-0 all-time in home openers at Hawks
Sophomore Slump, Not so Far
After producing one of the top freshman
season in recent memory at Nebraska, Pat Kelly, has started his sophomore
season on the right foot through seven games.
Kelly is hitting a team-high .393
(11-for-28) on the year, with a pair of doubles. His 11 hits are also tops on
the team and through seven games he is the only Husker with double-digit hits.
Kelly also leads the squad with an
on-base percentage of .452. No other Husker regular has an on-base percentage
of over .367.
Take it for the Team
Senior infielder Bryan
Peters entered the 2013 season ranked fourth on Nebraska's career list 43 HBP.
Peters should easily
move to the No. 3 spot in 2013, and possibly have a chance at moving to the No.
2 spot on the all-time list.
In 2012, Kale Kiser
moved to third on the all-time list with 46 HBP after getting hit 14 times
during his senior season.
DJ Belfonte (2007-10) sits second on the career list with
59 HBP and Daniel Bruce (2002-05) holds the NU career record with 67 HBP.
2013 Husker TV Schedule
The Huskers are slated
to make four nationally-televised appearances on BTN, with another nine games
streamed live on BTN.com (subscription required).
Four of the BTN.com
streams will also be shown live across the state of Nebraska on NET.
Overall, all 21 Husker
home games will be either on TV or streamed on the internet, as HuskersNSide
will stream 14 games that weren't picked up by BTN or BTN.com.
Friday, March 29 -
Tuesday, April 16 -
Friday, April 19 - at
Saturday, May 4 -
NET & BTN.com Schedule
Tuesday, April 9 -
Friday, April 12 -
Ohio State (NET/BTN.com)
Saturday, April 20 -
at Purdue (BTN.com)
Sunday, April 21 - at
Sunday, May 5 -
Friday, May 10 - at
Saturday, May 11 - at
Sunday, May 12 - at
Friday, May 17 -
Pritchard Named Preseason
After being named a
third-team All-American by The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
following the 2012 season, Nebraska junior Michael Pritchard was selected as
the second-team designated hitter on the 2013 NCBWA Preseason All-America team.
The last Husker to
earn All-America accolades in consecutive seasons was Alex Gordon, who was a
first-team selection by multiple publications in 2004 and 2005.
Pritchard has missed
the Huskers' past five games after suffering an injury during an at-bat against
Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Feb. 16.
In 58 games last season, only twice did a Husker starter
strikeout seven batters in a game.
Kyle Kubat did it first at Indiana and May 5 and Ryan
Hander also did so against Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament on May 24.
Through seven games in 2013, the Huskers have already
matched the feat twice, as Christian DeLeon and Hander each struck out seven
Longhorns this past weekend in Austin.
Last season, the Husker pitching staff produced
double-digit strikeouts in a game four times, including a season-high 11
against New Mexico State during the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome on
This season, NU's pitching staff is yet to produce a
double-digit strikeout game, but has notched eight or more strikeouts in three
A total of 10 players have made their Husker debuts during
NU's first seven games of the season.
Of the 10, four are position players, including three
players who have seen time at catcher.
Vogt of Confidence
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Head Coach Darin
Erstad announced the senior Dylan Vogt will be the team's closer.
Vogt has had a tough start to the season, as he has been
tagged with two losses in two appearances. Both losses have come in walk-off
Vogt may not be a typical closer though, as the Omaha
native may come into the game in the sixth or seventh innings if needed.
Vogt became arguably the top arm in the Husker pen last
season, as he pitched 53.2 innings over 25 appearances, while producing a
blistering 1.84 ERA.
While striking out 34 and walking just 14, Vogt gave up
just five extra base hits all season, including no home runs.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Vogt was one of 75 players named to the
NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. He was one of four Big Ten
pitchers selected, joining Ohio State's Josh Dezse, Illinois' Reid Roper and
Northwestern's Kyle Ruchim.
Welcome to Nebraska
Tanner Lubach made the most of his Nebraska debut with a
home run in his first career game at CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Feb. 15.
It was the first time a Husker had hit a home run in their
first career game since Chad Christensen hit a homer at Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi on Feb. 26, 2010.
Lubach, who transferred to Nebraska after one season at
Hutchinson CC, has started at catcher in six of Nebraska's seven games.
Huskers Picked Second by League Coaches
The Big Ten coaches have picked Nebraska to finish second
out of the league's 11 teams in 2013. One senior and a pair of Husker juniors
were also named to the 'Players to Watch List', including senior right-handled
pitcher Dylan Vogt, as well as junior outfielder Michael Pritchard and junior
right-handed pitcher Brandon Pierce.
Indiana was picked as the league favorite by the coaches.
The Hoosiers finished second in both the regular-season standings and at the
conference tournament to the Purdue Boilermakers.
Packing the Park
Once again in 2012, Husker Nation proved why the Nebraska
baseball team plays in front of the best fans in the country.
Nebraska ranked 13th in the country in average attendance
at 3,805 fans per game.
It marked the 12th straight season that the Huskers have
ranked in the top 30 and ninth time in the past 12 seasons that Nebraska has
ranked in the top 15 nationally in average attendance.
No other Big Ten team ranked in the top 50.
9-Game Package Back for Fans
the second straight year, two nine-game packages are available for fans who
want to see the Huskers' second baseball season in the Big Ten Conference.
the Diamond Deal, fans can either purchase reserved tickets for nine games in
the lower grandstand (sections 110 and 112) or in the Homerun Terrace (behind
are able to choose nine games from any of the Huskers' 21 home games in 2013.
The non-conference season includes games with New Mexico, Northern Colorado,
Creighton, Arkansas and Kansas State.
Huskers will open the conference season against Northwestern on Friday, March
29, before also hosting Ohio State, Indiana and also Michigan at Hawks Field.
price of the package is just $90 for either the grandstand or Homerun Terrace.
For more information on season tickets or the Diamond Deal, visit
Huskers.com/Tickets or call 800-8-BIG RED during business hours.