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Husker baseball looks for fast start to 2018 season

Nebraska's Jake Meyers scores a run against Maryland during the 2017 season.

The Husker baseball team began practice on Friday. While Nebraska is coming off their first regular season Big Ten championship, the program is trying to buck the trend of starting slow out of the gate. Big Red began the 2016 and 2017 campaigns losing 6 of their first 9 games. Nebraska is hoping they'll fix the early season woes this year by an increase of productivity at the plate.

" I could sit here and make a bunch of excuses and say well we're inside, we have to go down south and travel, but that's just not going to happen," head coach Darin Erstad said. "We have great indoor facilities. We've defended well, we've thrown strikes well for the most part, where we haven't done a good job is run production. We have to find a way to score more runs, and that's something that we spent a lot of time on over the fall and into winter. Bottom line we just haven't hit the ball well, but early on we just have not had good at bats."

Huskers begin the 2018 season in Tempe Arizona for the Husker Classic. They'll face UC Riverside on February 16 at 5 pm.

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