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Tempe, Ariz. – Behind a complete-game masterpiece from Johnny Dorn, Nebraska kept its season alive with an 11-1 victory over No. 14 UC Riverside Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tempe Regional.

 

With the win, the Huskers improved to 32-26 and will meet Arizona State in the regional championship game set for 9 p.m. (PDT). The Husker will need to beat the Sun Devils both tonight and tomorrow evening to earn a Super Regional berth.

 

Dorn, who improved to 10-3 on the season, scattered five hits struck out a career-high 12 batters, eclipsing his previous best of 11 set against Tech in 2005. The right-hander worked out of early trouble and allowed only one run, an RBI single from Joey Gonzales, as moved into sole possession of second place on NU’s all-time wins chart.

 

Johnny’s effort was one of the best and guttiest performances in Nebraska baseball history.” Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson said. “For this situation and being in this stage of the NCAA Regional, what he did for us today was truly remarkable. He not went out there and got us the win, but also allowed us to rest our bullpen for tonight’s game. As a coach, you can not ask for any more than that from one of your team leaders in this type of situation.”

 

Anderson said the key for Dorn was to trust his defense and throw strikes after he labored through a rocky first inning.

 

 “He really attacked the zone and threw strikes,” Anderson said. “Johnny got into that bulldog mentality where he knew if he threw strikes, our defense was making plays behind him. Once he started attacking, he settled down and really got in a groove. I am proud of him for the determination he showed in battling out there in these conditions.”

 

Andy Gerch gave the Huskers the lead for good with his second inning homer, as the junior went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Jake Opitz had two hits and drove in three runs.

 

Nebraska got some offense early with two runs in the second, highlighted by Gerch’s fifth homer of the season. Bryce Nimmo walked, advanced to third on Jeff Lanning’s single and scored as Jake Mort legged out a fielder’s choice.

 

UC Riverside, which ended their season with 38-21 record, scored their only run against Dorn in the third, as Carl Uhl tripled and scored on Gonzales’ single to center to pull within 2-1.

 

The Huskers got some breathing room in the fourth, scoring a pair of runs on just one hit to push the lead to 4-1. The Huskers loaded the bases with one out before a fielder’s choice off the bat of Craig Corrsiston scored Nimmo, who reached on a fielding error. Dan Runzler came in for starter Pat Cassa and walked Brown to load the bases before hitting Opitz with a pitch to stake NU a three-run lead.

 

Cassa (2-5) took the loss, as he allowed four runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings of work.

 

Nebraska broke the game open one inning later, scoring three times to make it a 7-1 lead, including a two-run single by Corriston. The Huskers loaded the bases on a walk, an error and a hit batter before striking gold on Corriston’s two-out, two-run RBI single. After Brown was intentionally walked, Opitz then hit a pop-up that was misplayed by the Highlanders, allowing Belfonte to score.

 

NU extended the lead against the UC Riverside bullpen with two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, as Nimmo delivered a two-run single in the seventh before an Opitz sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double from Gerch provided the final margin.

 

 

 

UC Riverside vs Nebraska (Jun 03, 2007)



News Box Score

                                 2007 Nebraska Baseball
                              #14 UC Riverside vs Nebraska
                      Jun 03, 2007 at Tempe, AZ (Packard Stadium)

UC Riverside 1 (38-21) Nebraska 11 (32-36)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Uhl, Carl cf............... 2 1 1 0 Belfonte, DJ rf............ 3 3 1 0 Gonzales, Joey rf.......... 2 0 1 1 Corriston, Craig 3b........ 5 1 3 3 Pedroza, Jaime ss.......... 4 0 0 0 Brown, Andrew 1b........... 4 0 2 0 Samuelson, Mark 1b......... 4 0 1 0 Opitz, Jake 2b............. 3 1 2 3 Wible, Aaron lf............ 2 0 1 0 Gerch, Andy lf............. 5 2 2 2 Goetz, Ryan dh............. 4 0 1 0 Tezak, Jeff dh............. 4 0 2 0 Price, Ben 2b.............. 4 0 0 0 Lee, John ph.............. 1 0 0 0 Boscarino, Phil 3b......... 2 0 0 0 Nimmo, Bryce cf............ 2 3 1 2 Barratt, Kyle 3b.......... 1 0 0 0 Lanning, Jeff c............ 3 1 1 0 Dunbar, Jeff c............. 2 0 0 0 Sullivan, Nick ph......... 0 0 0 0 Opdyke, Jordan c.......... 2 0 0 0 Hightower, Mark c......... 0 0 0 0 Cassa, Pat p............... 0 0 0 0 Mort, Jake ss.............. 5 0 1 1 Runzler, Dan p............ 0 0 0 0 Dorn, Johnny p............. 0 0 0 0 Penney, Stephen p......... 0 0 0 0 Bills, Taylor p........... 0 0 0 0 Applebee, Paul p.......... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 29 1 5 1 Totals..................... 35 11 15 11

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- UC Riverside........ 001 000 000 - 1 5 2 Nebraska............ 020 230 22X - 11 15 0 -------------------------------------------

E - Pedroza, J 2(27). DP - Huskers 2. LOB - UC Riverside 8; Huskers 16. 2B - Corriston, C(10); Gerch, A.(14); Tezak, J.(14). 3B - Uhl, C(2). HR - Gerch, A.(5). HBP - Boscarino, P; Belfonte, D.; Opitz, J.; Sullivan, N.. SH - Corriston, C(9); Nimmo, B.(7). SF - Opitz, J.(5). SB - Tezak, J.(6); Lanning, J.(3). CS - Corriston, C(2); Brown, A.(1); Tezak, J.(2).

UC Riverside IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cassa, Pat L,2-5.......... 3.2 7 4 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 15 20 3 5 Runzler, Dan .............. 1.0 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 5 9 2 0 Penney, Stephen ........... 2.0 3 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 8 13 1 4 Bills, Taylor ............. 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 1 Applebee, Paul ............ 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 1 1

Nebraska IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dorn, Johnny W,10-3....... 9.0 5 1 1 6 12 3 0 1 0 29 36 6 6

WP - Dorn, J. 3(7). HBP - by Dorn, J. (Boscarino, P); by Runzler, D (Opitz, J.); by Runzler, D (Belfonte, D.); by Bills, T (Sullivan, N.). Inherited runners/scored: Runzler, D 2/1; Penney, S 2/1; Bills, T 3/2.

Strikeouts - Pedroza, J 2; Samuelson, M 2; Goetz, R 2; Price, B; Boscarino, P; Barratt, K; Dunbar, J 2; Opdyke, J; Gerch, A.; Lee, J.; Mort, J.. Walks - Uhl, C 2; Gonzales, J 2; Wible, A 2; Belfonte, D. 2; Brown, A. 2; Opitz, J.; Gerch, A.; Tezak, J.; Nimmo, B. 2; Lanning, J..

Umpires - Start: 2p.m. Time: 3:17 Attendance: 1482

Game: NU58


Box Score

                             2007 Nebraska Baseball
                          #14 UC Riverside vs Nebraska
                  Jun 03, 2007 at Tempe, AZ (Packard Stadium)

UC Riverside 1 (38-21)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Uhl, Carl cf............. 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 Gonzales, Joey rf........ 2 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 Pedroza, Jaime ss........ 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 1 Samuelson, Mark 1b....... 4 0 1 0 0 2 7 1 0 Wible, Aaron lf.......... 2 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 2 Goetz, Ryan dh........... 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 Price, Ben 2b............ 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 Boscarino, Phil 3b....... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 Barratt, Kyle 3b........ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 Dunbar, Jeff c........... 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 Opdyke, Jordan c........ 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 Cassa, Pat p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Runzler, Dan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Penney, Stephen p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Bills, Taylor p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Applebee, Paul p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals................... 29 1 5 1 6 12 24 14 8

Nebraska 11 (32-36)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Belfonte, DJ rf.......... 3 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 3 Corriston, Craig 3b...... 5 1 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 Brown, Andrew 1b......... 4 0 2 0 2 0 7 0 0 Opitz, Jake 2b........... 3 1 2 3 1 0 1 4 0 Gerch, Andy lf........... 5 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 6 Tezak, Jeff dh........... 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 Lee, John ph............ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Nimmo, Bryce cf.......... 2 3 1 2 2 0 1 1 0 Lanning, Jeff c.......... 3 1 1 0 1 0 12 0 0 Sullivan, Nick ph....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Hightower, Mark c....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Mort, Jake ss............ 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 3 Dorn, Johnny p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 Totals................... 35 11 15 11 10 3 27 9 16

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- UC Riverside........ 001 000 000 - 1 5 2 Nebraska............ 020 230 22X - 11 15 0 -------------------------------------------

E - Pedroza, J 2(27). DP - Huskers 2. LOB - UC Riverside 8; Huskers 16. 2B - Corriston, C(10); Gerch, A.(14); Tezak, J.(14). 3B - Uhl, C(2). HR - Gerch, A.(5). HBP - Boscarino, P; Belfonte, D.; Opitz, J.; Sullivan, N.. SH - Corriston, C(9); Nimmo, B.(7). SF - Opitz, J.(5). SB - Tezak, J.(6); Lanning, J.(3). CS - Corriston, C(2); Brown, A.(1); Tezak, J.(2).

UC Riverside IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- Cassa, Pat.......... 3.2 7 4 2 4 0 15 20 Runzler, Dan........ 1.0 1 3 0 2 1 5 9 Penney, Stephen..... 2.0 3 2 2 4 1 8 13 Bills, Taylor....... 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 Applebee, Paul...... 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 5 6

Nebraska IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- Dorn, Johnny........ 9.0 5 1 1 6 12 29 36

Win - Dorn, J. (10-3). Loss - Cassa, P (2-5). Save - None. WP - Dorn, J. 3(7). HBP - by Dorn, J. (Boscarino, P); by Runzler, D (Opitz, J.); by Runzler, D (Belfonte, D.); by Bills, T (Sullivan, N.). Inherited runners/scored: Runzler, D 2/1; Penney, S 2/1; Bills, T 3/2. Umpires - Start: 2p.m. Time: 3:17 Attendance: 1482 Game: NU58


Play-by-Play

                             2007 Nebraska Baseball
                  #14 UC Riverside vs Nebraska - Play-by-Play
                  Jun 03, 2007 at Tempe, AZ (Packard Stadium)

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- UC Riverside........ 001 000 000 - 1 5 2 Nebraska............ 020 230 22X - 11 15 0 -------------------------------------------

UC Riverside starters: 4/cf Uhl, C; 3/rf Gonzales, J; 6/ss Pedroza, J; 24/1b Samuelson, M; 25/lf Wible, A; 48/dh Goetz, R; 9/2b Price, B; 14/3b Boscarino, P; 18/c Dunbar, J; 11/p Cassa, P; Nebraska starters: 4/rf Belfonte, D.; 15/3b Corriston, C; 18/1b Brown, A.; 3/2b Opitz, J.; 12/lf Gerch, A.; 19/dh Tezak, J.; 24/cf Nimmo, B.; 8/c Lanning, J.; 2/ss Mort, J.; 23/p Dorn, J.;

UC Riverside 1st - Uhl, C walked. Gonzales, J walked; Uhl, C advanced to second. Pedroza, J struck out swinging. Gonzales, J advanced to second on a wild pitch; Uhl, C advanced to third on a wild pitch. Samuelson, M struck out looking. Wible, A fouled out to c. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Nebraska 1st - Belfonte, D. walked. Corriston, C grounded out to p, bunt, SAC; Belfonte, D. advanced to second. Brown, A. singled to pitcher; Belfonte, D. advanced to third. Opitz, J. popped up to ss. Brown, A. out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UC Riverside 2nd - Goetz, R struck out swinging. Price, B grounded out to 2b. Boscarino, P hit by pitch. Dunbar, J struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 2nd - Gerch, A. homered to left field, RBI. Tezak, J. doubled down the rf line. Nimmo, B. walked. Tezak, J. out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Lanning, J. singled up the middle; Nimmo, B. advanced to third. Mort, J. reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Lanning, J. out at second ss to 2b; Nimmo, B. scored. Belfonte, D. flied out to lf. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UC Riverside 3rd - Uhl, C tripled to right field. Gonzales, J singled up the middle, RBI; Uhl, C scored. Pedroza, J lined into double play 2b to 1b; Gonzales, J out on the play. Samuelson, M flied out to lf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 3rd - Corriston, C singled to center field. Corriston, C out at second 1b to ss, caught stealing. Brown, A. singled through the left side. Opitz, J. walked; Brown, A. advanced to second. Gerch, A. grounded out to 3b; Opitz, J. advanced to second; Brown, A. advanced to third. Tezak, J. grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UC Riverside 4th - Wible, A singled through the right side. Goetz, R struck out looking. Wible, A advanced to second on a wild pitch. Price, B struck out looking. Boscarino, P struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 4th - Nimmo, B. reached on a fielding error by ss. Lanning, J. flied out to cf; Nimmo, B. advanced to second. Mort, J. singled to left field; Nimmo, B. advanced to third. Belfonte, D. walked; Mort, J. advanced to second. Corriston, C reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Belfonte, D. advanced to second; Mort, J. out at third ss to 3b; Nimmo, B. scored, unearned. Runzler, D to p for Cassa, P. Brown, A. walked; Corriston, C advanced to second; Belfonte, D. advanced to third. Opitz, J. hit by pitch, RBI; Brown, A. advanced to second; Corriston, C advanced to third; Belfonte, D. scored, unearned. Gerch, A. struck out swinging. 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 3 LOB.

UC Riverside 5th - Dunbar, J struck out swinging. Uhl, C walked. Uhl, C out at first p to 1b, picked off. Gonzales, J walked. Gonzales, J advanced to second on a wild pitch. Pedroza, J struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 5th - Tezak, J. flied out to rf. Nimmo, B. walked. Lanning, J. reached on a fielder's choice; Nimmo, B. advanced to second on an error by ss, assist by 2b. Mort, J. flied out to rf; Nimmo, B. advanced to third. Belfonte, D. hit by pitch; Lanning, J. advanced to second. Corriston, C singled up the middle, advanced to second on the throw, 2 RBI; Belfonte, D. advanced to third; Lanning, J. scored, unearned; Nimmo, B. scored, unearned. Penney, S to p for Runzler, D. Brown, A. intentionally walked. Opitz, J. singled to pitcher, RBI; Brown, A. advanced to second; Corriston, C advanced to third; Belfonte, D. scored, unearned. Gerch, A. reached on a fielder's choice; Opitz, J. out at second ss to 2b. 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

UC Riverside 6th - Samuelson, M struck out swinging. Wible, A walked. Goetz, R singled to second base; Wible, A advanced to second. Price, B reached on a fielder's choice; Goetz, R advanced to second; Wible, A out at third cf to 3b. Boscarino, P grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Nebraska 6th - Opdyke, J to c for Dunbar, J. Barratt, K to 3b for Boscarino, P. Tezak, J. singled through the right side. Nimmo, B. grounded out to p, bunt, SAC; Tezak, J. advanced to second. Lanning, J. walked. Lanning, J. stole second; Tezak, J. stole third. Mort, J. struck out swinging. Belfonte, D. grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UC Riverside 7th - Opdyke, J struck out swinging. Uhl, C flied out to cf. Gonzales, J grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska 7th - Corriston, C grounded out to 2b. Brown, A. flied out to rf. Opitz, J. singled to right center. Gerch, A. walked; Opitz, J. advanced to second. Tezak, J. walked; Gerch, A. advanced to second; Opitz, J. advanced to third. Bills, T to p for Penney, S. Nimmo, B. singled through the left side, 2 RBI; Tezak, J. advanced to second; Gerch, A. scored; Opitz, J. scored. Sullivan, N. pinch hit for Lanning, J.. Sullivan, N. hit by pitch; Nimmo, B. advanced to second; Tezak, J. advanced to third. Mort, J. reached on a fielder's choice; Sullivan, N. out at second ss unassisted. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

UC Riverside 8th - Hightower, M to c for Sullivan, N.. Pedroza, J grounded out to 2b. Samuelson, M singled to center field. Wible, A walked; Samuelson, M advanced to second. Goetz, R grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Wible, A out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska 8th - Applebee, P to p for Bills, T. Belfonte, D. singled to right field. Corriston, C doubled to right center; Belfonte, D. advanced to third. Brown, A. grounded out to 3b. Opitz, J. flied out to lf, SF, RBI; Belfonte, D. scored. Gerch, A. doubled down the rf line, RBI; Corriston, C scored. Lee, J. pinch hit for Tezak, J.. Lee, J. struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UC Riverside 9th - Price, B flied out to rf. Barratt, K struck out looking. Opdyke, J lined out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.


Line score

Nebraska 11, UC Riverside 1 (Jun 03, 2007 at Tempe, AZ)
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UC Riverside........ 001 000 000  -  1  5  2      (38-21)
Nebraska............ 020 230 22X  - 11 15  0      (32-36)
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Pitchers: UC Riverside - Cassa, Pat; Runzler, Dan(4); Penney, Stephen(5); Bills, Taylor(7);
Applebee, Paul(8). Nebraska - Dorn, Johnny.
Win-Dorn, Johnny(10-3)  Loss-Cassa, Pat(2-5)  T-3:17  A-1482
HR NU - Gerch, Andy (5).
Game: NU58

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