The Nebraska baseball team will try to rebound from Tuesday night’s 8-6 loss at Cal Bakersfield in the opener of a four-game series at Cal Poly (7-12) in San Luis Obispo, California, on Thursday. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. (CT), with junior right-hander Jake Hohensee on the mound.
Hohensee is 1-2 with a 2.33 earned-run-average. He’ll be followed by Derek Burkamper (1-2, 3.78) on Friday night and Jake Meyers (3-1, 1.54) in the first game of a Saturday double-header. Husker Coach Darin Erstad has not named a starter for Saturday’s second game.
Hohensee, Burkamper and Meyers appear to have settled in as Nebraska’s weekend rotation.
Matt Waldron started Tuesday’s game and pitched six innings, 126 pitches. He allowed four runs, all earned, on 11 hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. The Huskers trailed 4-3 after six innings, but scored two runs in the top of the seventh and added another in the top of the eighth for a 6-4 lead.
Robbie Palkert, who replaced Waldron to start the seventh, allowed a single than got a fly out before giving way to Chad Luensmann, who walked one and had a balk before getting out of the inning unscathed with a double play. Luensmann got the first two batters out in the eighth, including one by strikeout, before things fell apart for the sophomore right-hander.
Luensmann gave up four hits, walked two more and forced in a run with a bases-loaded balk, before being replaced by Reece Eddins, who struck out the one batter he faced.
The Huskers had 13 hits, including three each by Jake Meyers and Scott Schreiber and two each by Mojo Hagge, Angelo Altavilla and Luis Alvarado, who drove in two runs.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and left Nebraska at .500 (9-9).
The Huskers are 6-0 against Cal Poly all-time, but have never played in San Luis Obispo.
Nebraska returns to Hawks Field at Haymarket Park for a Tuesday night game against Kansas State before opening the Big Ten season with a three-game series at Indiana, March 31-April 2.
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.