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April 13, 2014

NU earns series sweep with 3-2 win in extras

The clutch hits just keep coming for Nebraska, and the magic didn't run out Sunday.

Steven Reveles singled with two outs in the top of the tenth inning to score Ty Kildow and give the Huskers the lead, then Josh Roeder slammed the door shut with a perfect inning to give Nebraska (23-14) the 3-2 win over Minnesota.

The win gave the Huskers their first back-to-back series sweeps in conference play since 2006. NU also swept Ohio State last weekend. The Huskers have won eight of their past nine games, all of which have come by three runs or less.

"I get a lot of enjoyment sitting there and watching these guys battle through a lot of different elements in a game," Darin Erstad said on his appearance on the Husker Sports Network. "To come out on top and overcome a lot of things, I thought they did a fantastic job."

Nebraska struck early with a sacrifice fly by Pat Kelly in the first, but scoring runs proved to be a tall task. The Huskers notched 12 hits, but they left 11 men on base in the game.

Lucky for Nebraska, Aaron Bummer was once again on top of his game. The junior continued his recent run of strong performances by giving up just six hits and two runs in seven innings. His one hiccup came in the fifth, when the Gophers used four hits to score two runs and take the lead.

But Bummer rebounded to allow just one base runner over the next two innings, and Michael Pritchard tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Kildow flied out to right with the bases loaded to end the inning, but the senior got a chance to atone for his mistake.

Kildow walked with one out in the 10th, then moved to third on a double by Tanner Lubach. Blake Headley struck out, but Reveles, the team's No. 9 hitter, knocked a single back up the middle for what proved to be the game-winning hit.

"You can't really on one or two guys to rely on all the time," Erstad said. "When you can get some production at the bottom (of the order), which we think we can, it's great. It's great to see them contribute and have some success."

Nebraska is back in action Tuesday against Kansas State at 6:35 p.m. at Haymarket Park.

Sunday standouts

Starter Aaron Bummer: The lefty truly seems to have rediscovered his touch that allowed him to torture the Big Ten down the stretch last season. Bummer has given up just two earned runs in his past 19.2 innings pitched. He didn't come away with the win, but the Huskers don't get the sweep without his outing.

Closer Josh Roeder: Roeder came in and did exactly what a closer is expected to do - he sent down all three batters he faced to earn his second save of the weekend. Honorable mention nods go to Bob Greco and Austin Christensen, who both tossed scoreless innings in relief.

Around the horn

***Bummer set a career high with seven strikeouts.

***Nebraska is now 10-1 against Minnesota since joining the Big Ten.

***The Huskers won their only other extra-inning game earlier this year against Creighton. Minnesota is now 4-1 in extra innings this season.

***The attendance was 470.


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