IowaCity, Iowa– On a chilly day at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa, the Nebraskabaseball team (13-8, 1-1 Big Ten) tallied 10 hits on its way to posting a 5-1win over the Iowa Hawkeyes (13-6, 1-1 Big Ten) to even the three-game weekendseries at a game apiece.
Aday after Christian DeLeon gave the Huskers 8.0 shutout innings, Nebraskastarter Chance Sinclair nearly matched the outing on Saturday with 7.0 stronginnings on the mound. The only run Sinclair allowed was unearned, and hedropped his ERA from 0.64 to 0.43 on the year. Sinclair has now gone at least7.0 innings in three of his six starts on the year.
Iowastarter Sasha Kuebel fell to 0-2 in three career starts against the Huskers,including back-to-back losses at Duane Banks Field. The lefty lasted 5.2 innings,allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. Kuebel had a 1-2-3first inning, but then gave up two or more hits to the Huskers in four of thenext five innings.
EightHuskers notched a hit on the day, including a pair of his from juniors PatKelly and Austin Darby. Kelly, Darby and Steven Reveles all had RBIs on theafternoon, while Darby, Reveles and Ryan Boldt each roped a double off Kuebel.
Forthe second straight day the Huskers took the game's first lead when they cashedin three runs on two hits in the third. Darby go the rally started with afour-pitch walk and moved to third on a one-out double by Reveles, his sixth ofthe season. Kuebel got a big out when he got Michael Pritchard to pop up forthe second out of the inning, but then gifted a run to the Huskers with a wildpitch that scored Darby. Kelly quickly increased NU's lead to 2-0 with hissecond infield single of the game, scoring Reveles. The inning got worse forthe Hawkeyes when Tanner Lubach reached on a fielding error by third basemanNick Day, which was followed by a passed ball and a wild pitch that allowedKelly to score NU's third run of the inning. Kuebel put an end to the bleedingwhen he got Boldt to bounce into a groundout.
Iowawas able to scratch its lone run of the game across in the bottom of third whenJake Yacinich came through with a two-out RBI single. The two-out hit scoredEric Toole, who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice and wasin scoring position at second base due to a throwing error by Sinclair on afailed pickoff attempt.
Nebraska'soffense got the run back and added a run in the top of the fourth on three hitsand a pair of sacrifice bunts. Jake Placzek and Bryce Only put togetherback-to-back singles to open the frame, before Ty Kildow laid down a sacrificebunt that moved both Huskers into scoring position. The bunt paid off whenDarby delivered an RBI single that scored Placzek and moved Only to third. TheHuskers then went back to their small-ball game plan, as Reveles executed a RBIsacrifice bunt that scored Only, putting the Huskers in front, 5-1.
Iowatried to cut into NU's lead in the fifth when it had a pair of runners on withone down and the middle of its order up, but Sinclair got back-to-back groundballs to keep the Huskers' four-run lead intact. Sinclair then needed just fourpitches to retire the Hawkeyes in the sixth.
TheHawkeyes tried to score again in the seventh when they had a pair of runners onwith two down and Yacinich up, but Sinclair notched his sixth scoreless inningof the game by getting the Hawkeyes No. 3 hitter in ground into a fielder'schoice.
SeniorZach Hirsch finished the game with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief with fourstrikeouts. The lefty allowed a leadoff double to start the ninth, but cameback with three straight outs, including a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
TheHuskers and Hawkeyes will meet for the rubber match of their three-game seriestomorrow at 1 p.m. Junior lefty Aaron Bummer will take the mound for the Huskers,while sophomore righty Tyler Peyton will climb the hill for the Hawkeyes afterplaying first base the first two games of the series. Lane Grindle and BenMcLaughlin will have the call across the Husker Sports Network, including forfree on Huskers.com.
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