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3 Takeaways From Nebraska’s Up and Down Series With Iowa

April 21, 2019

Nebraska’s series with Iowa had a little bit of everything. Iowa took Game 1 in walk-off fashion. Game 2 was not a close loss for the Huskers. Game 3 was a 3-2 Nebraska win. In the end, Iowa got the series win.

Overall, Game 3 was a competitive baseball game. The Hawkeyes had one more hit than the Huskers, but left seven runners stranded.

Reece Eddins went 7.0 innings and allowed only one run. Colby Gomes closed for the Huskers and earned his eighth save of the season.

It was a feel good game for the Huskers, as they salvaged the series with a win. It was still an up and down weekend for Nebraska though.

Let’s take a quick look at three takeaways from the series with Iowa.

Spencer Schwellenbach

Freshmah Spencer Schwellenbach was highly recruited and he has shown why this season. He has homered three times in the last four games. 

Schwellenbach was having success at the plate and it was just a matter of time before the home runs followed. It appears he has broken through and is really getting into his groove. In Game 2, Spencer went three-for-four with a double and a home run. 

The freshman continues to be a spark as the leadoff batter for Nebraska. Watch for Schwellenbach to continue to improve as his career continues.

Starting Pitcher is Key to Weekend Success

Nebraska’s weekend starters have been excellent and that has powered the Huskers to first place in the Big Ten. 

In Game 1 and Game 3, Matt Waldron and Reece Eddins each went for at least seven innings. Both of these games were competitive to the end with the Huskers dropping Game 1 on a walk-off single. 

Game 2, on the other hand, was not close and the Huskers only got 4.2 innings out of Nate Fisher. Nebraska has struggled when it has gone to the bullpen early in games. It will be important for the starters to provide quality innings as we finish the back half of conference play.  

Big Ten Race Heats Up

Going into the Iowa series, Nebraska had sole control of first place in the Big Ten. After dropping two straight games to the Hawkeyes, things have tightened up a bit.

Indiana, Nebraska and Michigan are the order now with only half a game separating the three. It should be an exciting finish to conference play as every single game will matter down the stretch.   

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