Huskers put together nearly perfect performance in rout of Charleston
The Nebraska baseball team exploded for nine runs over the second, third, and fourth innings en route to a 10-1 romp over the College of Charleston Friday evening.
Cougar pitchers only walked one batter and allowed no unearned runs, but the Huskers had no problem doing it all themselves to the tune of 13 hits, including five doubles. After a 1-2-3 first inning, the bats turned it on in the second after a leadoff double by junior outfielder Scott Schreiber. Junior Luis Alvarado and sophomore Jesse Wilkening had back-to-back RBI doubles to make it 2-0 after two innings.
After Schreiber hit the Huskers’ second home run of the season on a two-run shot in the third, the Cougars got one back on a solo homer from slugger Logan McRae. But Nebraska turned up the heat on College of Charleston pitcher Jakob Frishmuth in his first career start with a sacrifice fly RBI by Jake Schleppenbach in the fourth inning.
Sophomore Clay Hunt replaced Frishmuth with the bases loaded, and Jake Meyers and Schreiber brought in two runs each on back-to-back hits to stretch the lead to 9-1.
On the Huskers’ best hitting day of the season, Schreiber led the way with four RBIs, two doubles and a home run on a 3-of-4 outing at the plate.
“As long as you go up there and compete, good things are usually going to happen,” Schreiber said after the game. “I actually probably had my worst BP (batting practice) this year, but it's kind of a joke that if you have bad BP, you're going to have a good game.”
While the bats were going, junior pitcher Jake Hohensee was having his best outing of the season. The hard-throwing right-hander scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out four on 99 pitches.
“I thought he got in a good rhythm,” said head coach Darin Erstad. “He found his way out of that first inning - it could've been ugly, but he found his way out of it ... the fastball is still not quite where we want it to be, but he's slowly getting a little bit better.”
“I let the walk get on at first ... but then I looked at Jake Meyers in the outfield and he's like, "Come on, let's go,"” Hohensee said about letting two runners on at the beginning of the game. “My defense picked me up and it was a good first inning after that."
Hohensee said before Thursday's practice that he was working hard to limit free bases after giving up eight unearned runs over his first three starts. Friday, he walked only three batters and gave up no unearned runs, lowering his season WHIP to 1.34.
“I wanted to see a little improvement from last start,” Hohensee said. “Overall, I'm pleased about where I am right now.”
Friday’s 10-1 win was Nebraska’s first weekend-opening win of the season, and the team will look for its first Saturday win of the season to follow up. The Huskers have been outscored 28-9 in Saturday games, but believe they’ve found the formula to carrying their momentum forward.
“Obviously we came out fast right out of the gate, which is huge,” Schreiber said. “As long as we don't lose that edge and that competitiveness, we should be fine.”
First pitch of Game 2 from Haymarket Park is set for 2:05 Saturday afternoon.