NU BSB: Huskers Fail to Finish Off Hawkeyes, Lose 2-1


IowaCity, Iowa– A win on the road in its Big Ten opener slipped away from the Nebraskabaseball team (12-8, 0-1 Big Ten) on Friday afternoon at Duane Banks Field inIowa City, Iowa, as the Iowa Hawkeyes (13-5, 1-0 Big Ten) scored a pair of runsin the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 comeback win.

Theloss spoiled a stellar outing from senior starter Christian DeLeon, whodelivered 8.0 shutout innings. DeLeon put together one of the best outings ofhis career, allowing six hits and no walks, while striking out four. DeLeon setthe Hawkeyes down in order four times on the day and allowed just two hits overhis finale 5.0 innings of work.

CloserJosh Roeder took the hill in the bottom of the ninth looking for his fourthsave of the season. Facing the middle of Iowa's lineup, Roeder got off to agood start with a fly ball out off the bat of Jake Yacinich. The tying run thenreached when Mark Peyton drew UI's first walk of the game and was replaced onthe base paths by pinch runner Nick Roscetti. Taylor Zeutenhorst continued therally with a base hit that moved Roscetti to third and Roeder still had a shotto end the game with a double play, but pinch hitter Taylor Kaufman camethrough with an RBI single that tied the game, 1-1. After a wild pitch put thewinning run at third base, the Huskers loaded the bases with an intentionalwalk to Kris Goodman to setup a double play. The Hawkeyes wouldn't be deniedthough, as Trevor Kenyon drop a walk-off single into left field on an 0-2 pitchto win the game.

Iowastarter Calvin Mathews didn't factor into the decision either and was nearly asgood at DeLeon. The sophomore also went 8.0 innings, but allowed one run on sixhits, while striking out five Huskers.

Fourof Nebraska's seven hits came off the bats of Michael Pritchard and Ryan Boldt.Pritchard snapped an 0-for-13 slump in the top of the first inning with atwo-out single to right field, the 200th hit of his career. With thesingle, the senior became the 21st player in school history to jointhe 200 career hit list.

TheHuskers broke open the scoring in the top of the seventh, starting with aone-out single by Pat Kelly. Associate Head Coach Will Bolt then dialed up ahit-and-run that was executed perfectly by Boldt, putting runners on thecorners for Austin Christensen. The sophomore first baseman nearly hit into adouble play, but Boldt broke up the potential double play, allowing Christensento reach and Kelly to score to give NU a 1-0 lead.

TheHuskers and Hawkeyes meet for the second game of their three-game seriestomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. A pair of juniors will meet on the mound, as theHuskers will start Chance Sinclair (3-0), while the Hawkeyes will counter withSasha Kuebel (2-0). Lane Grindle and Ben McLaughlin will have the call acrossthe Husker Sports Network.

Courtesy of UNL Media Relations