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2010 Feb 28

BSB: Huskers Take Two in Houston

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Sun glare. Part and parcel of baseball, but a rare delay for it was just about the only thing that killed what would have been a surprising sweep of the Rice Invitational for the Nebraska baseball team.

NU lead ranked Rice 3-0 in the second inning Saturday when umpires called a delay for glare. Killing the Huskers’ momentum to start the game, it gave the No. 9 Owls a much-needed break, as they rallied for a 4-3 victory on their home field in Houston.

Despite getting strong pitching performances from Michael Mariot and Casey Hauptmann, Nebraska couldn’t duplicate its early-inning offensive onslaught, and Rice nipped the Huskers at the wire with the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Otherwise, the Huskers, now 3-4, controlled both of its other games - a 21-9 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and a 5-3 win over Elon.

Corpus Christi was easily the weakest of the five teams NU will face in a crucial opening 10-game stretch on the road. Friday at the Rice Invitational, the Huskers confidently played like it, blasting Corpus Christi out of the park on the strength of 19 hits. It’s most runs NU has scored since a game in 2004.

Kyle Bubak busted out of a slump with a 5-for-5 game and Tyler Farst hit a key three-run homer in the fourth inning as NU came back from an early 2-1 deficit. Farst drove in five and Nebraska drew 11 walks during the afternoon.

“I was pleased with our offense today and the discipline we showed, especially from the second inning on,” head coach Mike 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.”

Sean Yost (1-0) got the win, giving up seven hits but zero walks.

Against Elon, freshman Tom Lemke won his second game and turned in his second impressive start, going 5 2/3 innings and only giving up a single run. NU, meanwhile, manufactured five runs in separate innings, with leadoff hitter D.J. Belfonte knocking in two and running his average to .467 for the season.

Nebraska carried a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning, where closer Mike Nesseth was again shaky, giving up two runs.

Tags: baseball, mike anderson, tom lemke, dj belfonte

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