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April 27, 2013

Cowboys rally, take down NU 5-3 in game one

Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State game 1 box score

A week that started with such promise has quickly taken a sour turn for the Huskers.

After winning five straight last week, Nebraska blew a lead in a 13-10 loss against Kansas State Tuesday and couldn't quite complete a comeback attempt in a 5-3 defeat against Creighton Friday night.

Maybe the most demoralizing miss came in game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Oklahoma State, however. The Huskers had a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning with standout reliever Josh Roeder on the mound, but the sophomore allowed the Cowboys to tie the game. The game went to extra innings, where Oklahoma State tagged Roeder for two more runs to pull out a 5-3 win.

Nebraska dropped to 19-22 on the season and 1-3 in extra-inning games.

NU starter Aaron Bummer had a second straight strong outing, pitching a career-high six innings. Oklahoma State finally got to him in the fifth, scoring a pair of runs on two hits. But Bummer kept the Cowboys from breaking the game open and gave the offense some time to wake up.

And as strong as Cowboy ace Jason Hursh looked, Nebraska eventually got to him. Chad Christensen drove in Nebraska's first run with an RBI ground out in the sixth, but the Huskers did their real damage in the seventh. Bryan Peters and Rich Sanguinetti each brought in a run with a single, but Pat Kelly kept NU from adding some insurance runs when he grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Roeder entered with one out and two on in the top of the eighth and struck out the first hitter he faced. But he then gave up an RBI single that tied the game.

The score stayed frozen until the top of the tenth, when Oklahoma State tallied four hits against Roeder to take a 5-3 lead. Blake Headley mustered a two-out single in the bottom of the frame and brought Kash Kalkowski to the plate representing the tying run. But the senior grounded out to third to end the contest.

The two teams will play the second game of the doubleheader at TD Ameritrade Park at 3:05 p.m.

Around the horn

***Nebraska is now 3-13 against ranked teams this year.

***The Huskers didn't issue a single walk, the first time they've gone a game without giving a free pass since April 2 against Kansas State.

***Kalkowski's fourth-inning double was his team-leading 11th on the season. He leads the Huskers with 14 extra-base hits.

***Saturday will be Nebraska's seventh doubleheader this season. The Huskers are now 3-4 in the first game of doubleheaders this year.

***Random fact: there have been a total of three home runs hit at TD Ameritrade this year.

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