Pritchard'sThree Doubles Power Huskers to Sweep of St. John's
*Michael Pritchard extends on-base streak to 55 straight games
Lincoln – The Nebraskabaseball team (8-5, 0-0 Big Ten) put on an offensive show Sunday afternoon infront of 3,705 fans at Hawks Field, as the Huskers swept the St. John's RedStorm with a 14-7 win. The 14 runs were a season high for the Huskers, whiletotaling 33 runs on 42 hits during the three-game series. The Huskers held a 14-1lead through seven innings before the Red Storm scored six combined runs overtheir final two at-bats, including four runs in the top of the ninth.
FourHuskers produced multi-hit games to lead Nebraska to 14 hits, includingthree-hit performances from both Michael Pritchard and Christian Cox. Pritchardslugged three doubles on the afternoon, becoming the first Husker to achievethe feat since Cody Asche against Missouri State on Feb. 20, 2011. Pritchard'sfirst double came with one-out in the bottom of the third and extended hisnation-leading on-base streak to 55 straight games.
WhileNebraska's offense was feasting on the Red Storm's pitching staff, Nebraskastarter Chance Sinclair held the SJU offense in check to improve to 3-0 on theyear. The 6-4 righty gave the Huskers 6.0 strong innings, allowing just one runon four hits. Sunday marked the first earned run Sinclair has given up in fourstarts, bumping his ERA to 0.42.
TheHuskers took the lead in the bottom of the first and continued to add to it therest of game, scoring at least one run in each of the first six innings,including eight runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Darbyled off with a single in the first and was at third with two outs following asacrifice bunt from Jake Placzek and a groundout by Pritchard. Pat Kelly waslooking to pick up a two-out RBI, but SJU catcher Tyler Sanchez was unable tohaul in an offering from Joey Graziano, allowing Darby to easily score on thepassed ball.
TheRed Storm tried to rally in the top of the sixth when they had the bases loadedwith one out, but Sinclair limited the damage to one run on a sacrifice fly offthe bat of Jarred Mederos.
Holdinga comfortable 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Huskers blewthe game open with eight runs on just four hits, as NU notched 13 at-bats inthe inning. NU posted a pair of sacrifice flies fromBryce Only and Pritchard, RBI singles from Kelly and Placzek, while adding fourmore run on three straight wild pitches by the St. John's pitching staff withthe bases loaded and a passed ball.
TheHuskers continue their nine-game home stand on Tuesday, March 11, when theNorthern Colorado Bears come to Lincoln for a pair of games. Game one is setfor a 1:35 p.m. start on Tuesday, with game two also set for 1:35 p.m. start onWednesday.
Courtesy UNL Sports Information