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Nebraska falls to Baylor 7-2 in Waco

Baylor (2-1, 0-0) defeated Nebraska (1-2, 0-0) on Sunday to conclude the three-game series in Waco, Texas. The Bears pulled off a 7-2 win and won the series 2-1.

Four Huskers saw action at the mound on Sunday afternoon. Cade Povich started the day at the mound for Nebraska before being relieved by Bo Blessie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trey Kissack saw limited action and was replaced by Kyle Perry in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It was Nebraska who got things going early, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Back-to-back singles from Ty Roseberry and Mojo Hagge put runners on the corner for NU. Drew Gilin kept the momentum going with a single up the middle, plating one run. Aaron Palensky’s double set up a Luke Roskam RBI groundout in the top of the third inning. Huskers led 2-0.

A handful of NU errors in the bottom of the third inning resulted in three Baylor runs on three hits. Baylor led 3-2 heading into the top of the fourth inning.

It didn’t stop there. Blessie’s two-straight walks in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Bears some momentum at-bat. Baylor scored three runs on two hits in the inning, extending the lead 7-2 heading into the seventh inning.

The Huskers just couldn’t get things going, as Baylor’s defense kept the Nebraska bats quiet the rest of the game.

Nebraska goes 1-2 at Baylor  in the first weekend of the Will Bolt era. Courtesy of Huskers.com
Nebraska goes 1-2 at Baylor in the first weekend of the Will Bolt era. Courtesy of Huskers.com (Huskers.com)

An afternoon of errors 

Nebraska was its own worst enemy at times on Sunday.

The Huskers defense didn't back up Povich in the bottom of the third inning. A fielding error by Gilin put the Bears on the board, cutting the NU lead 2-1. Baylor’s Nick Loftin heated up at the right time, tripling to right field for two RBI. The Bears took a 3-2 lead heading into the fourth inning.

The Bears answered back with a single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning to load the bases. Tre Richardson took advantage of the opportunity with a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Mack Mueller.

The runs didn’t stop there. A Baylor two-run single increased the Huskers deficit 7-2. Baylor scored five of its seven runs with two outs.

Povich steps up, others struggle 

One bright spot from the afternoon was LHP Povich, who recorded seven strikeouts and had no errors on the afternoon. He gave up four unearned runs on seven hits. The Huskers just couldn’t back up Povich defensively.

Blessie allowed two runs and recorded two errors during the bottom of the fifth inning. Kissack allowed one run on two hits, and Perry finished off the afternoon at the mound for the Huskers in his season debut.

"We just weren't good enough on the mound basically for the entire weekend. It's difficult to win...you got to play perfect baseball...when you're giving up five, six, seven runs."
— Head coach Will Bolt

What's next

Nebraska heads to California next weekend to take on San Diego, San Diego State and Arizona in the Tony Gwynn Legacy tournament.

Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 8 p.m. CST. Sunday’s matchup with the Wildcats is set for noon. All games are available on the TuneIn Huskers App and the Husker Sports Network.