Nebraska came out swinging on Saturday and proved that Friday’s 17-0 win over Purdue was not a fluke. The Huskers also proved they can put up wins in a hurry, which they showed in Saturday’s 13-4 win over the Boilermakers.
After a couple of explosive wins in Game 1, the Huskers found a way to do it again in Game 2. Nebraska put up seven runs on five hits in the fifth inning alone. The scoring in that one inning would’ve been enough to win the game.
Cam Chick came up big again and has been the story of the series so far. Chick went yard in the bottom of the fifth. It was the same exact location as Friday night, but this one was worth three runs.
Chick is a guy that was taken out of the starting lineup earlier in the year, but continued to work. Coaches have praised him for how hard he continued to work. He is a freshman, but has really shown how much he has grown up already.
Ty Roseberry got his opportunity at the plate late in the game and recorded his first career home run. Roseberry is a guy that joined Nebraska after Nebraska-Kearney cut the baseball program. It was a shot that was absolutely crushed to left field and nobody has confirmed if the ball has landed yet. Seriously, though. If you find it, let someone know.
Roseberry was very calm post-game and talked about how he just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.
“It can’t get much worse than not playing, so might as well go out there and have fun,” he said.
Nate Fisher got the start for Nebraska on the mound, but only went 3.0 innings. Fisher was effective, but it was clear he wasn't the same as what he has shown recently. After the game, Coach Darin Erstad mentioned that Fisher is struggling with a blister on his hand. It will be something to keep an eye on, but expect the senior to return to his normal self soon.
Mike Walron and Robbie Palkert finished the game on the mound and allowed only one run between the two. It is encouraging to see the bullpen’s ability to come in and be effective even behind solid starters.
It is also Military Appreciation Weekend at Haymarket Park and Neil Wesley from Omaha (Army 2-114 Field Artillery Battalion) played a special part in the game. Wesley is from Omaha and made a surprise visit home to his kids Reed (3) and AJ (11) and wife Michaela. He just returned from a 16-month deployment in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Erstad mentioned that the moment was a turning point for him in the game.
“I was pretty upset that inning, I was not happy with what happened on the field and then all of the sudden dad’s home and surprises his kids so that puts things in perspective pretty quickly,” Erstad said.
Nebraska takes on Purdue for the final game of the series Sunday at 12:05 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.