Home at last. After three weekends on the road, the Nebraska baseball team will play host to Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, at Haymarket Park, in a two-game series beginning on Tuesday, with a 1:35 p.m. start.
The teams are slated to play again Wednesday afternoon, as part of an eight-game homestand. The 3-6 Huskers have back-to-back, three-game, weekend series with Western Carolina and College of Charleston before heading back on the road for non-conference play.
Sophomore right-hander Matt Waldron is scheduled to pitch Tuesday’s game. Waldron, the opening-game starter the first two weekends, is 0-2 with a 4.72 earned-run average.
The Huskers have had problems offensively, hitting only .217 as a team and scoring just 26 runs in nine games. With the shutout pitching of Jake Meyers and Chad Luensmann, they avoided being swept in Frisco, Texas, by handing Arizona its first loss after 10 victories, 1-0.
Freshman outfielder Mojo Hagge, who has moved into the leadoff spot in the batting order, led off the Arizona game with a single, went to third on a wild pickoff throw and scored the only run. Hagge was a Frisco College Baseball Classic all-tournament selection and is second on the team in hitting, with a .393 average. He has reached base in eight consecutive games.
Sophomore Angelo Altavilla, who has been playing shortstop, leads Nebraska’s hitters with a .400 average and in runs-batted-in with six. Four of his 10 hits have been doubles.
Former Husker R.D. Spiehs is associate head coach at Northern Colorado. Spiehs pitched for the first Nebraska team to reach the College World Series in 2001.
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.