Nebraska was looking for a bounce-back performance after a disappointing series loss to the Sam Houston Bearkats last weekend in Huntsville, Texas. The Huskers were back in the Lone Star state on Friday—this time in Arlington—for a three-game series against the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs.
Head coach Will Bolt’s team had its opportunities against the Horned Frogs, but ultimately never cashed in on them in what turned out to be a 4-1 loss. Nebraska drops to 1-4 on the young season while TCU improves to 4-1.
It was another low-scoring outing for the Huskers, whose only run came in the seventh inning off a Cam Chick RBI single that scored Colby Gomes, who also singled. At Sam Houston, Nebraska scored five or less runs in three of the four games.
The seventh inning offered plenty of chances for Nebraska, but one run was all it could muster. Chick’s hit cut the Husker deficit to 4-1, and Nebraska had an opportunity to score more with runners on first and second with no outs, but sophomore Brice Matthews and two freshmen—Josh Caron and Core Jackson—all struck out to end the inning. Matthews’ slow start to the season continued as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Matthews, a Texas native, was 1-of-12 at the plate last weekend against the Bearkats.
More chances presented themselves in the eighth when the Huskers loaded the bases thanks to a couple walks from Leighton Banjoff and Griffin Everitt and a single from Gomes. But with two outs, Chick struck out looking.
Nebraska’s offense showed good things, but never broke through to make TCU pay. The Huskers got their leadoff batter to first base in six of the nine innings, but also struck out 13 times. The lack of scoring overshadowed a better performance on the mound from lefty starter Kyle Perry, who struck out eight batters against three walks while allowing three earned runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work, which is the longest a Husker starter has lasted this season.
Perry only made one crucial mistake in the game when he gave up a solo shot to left field to TCU leadoff man Tommy Sacco in the third, which gave the Horned Frogs a 1-0 edge. Perry played with fire early, however, walking the leadoff in the first two innings, but he never let TCU take advantage. In the second, he struck out the next three batters and stormed off the mound with emotion.
The senior fans three straight to close out the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/ryIhqgLfdg
— Nebraska Baseball (@Husker_Baseball) February 26, 2022
Perry left the mound in the fourth with runners on first and second. Koty Frank came in relief and got a groundout, but the runners advanced to second and third with two outs. David Bishop, a freshman, then stepped to the plate and delivered a dagger three-run double to give TCU a 4-0 lead.
Both teams recorded six hits. Gomes, who played well at Sam Houston, led the Huskers at the plate by going 2-for-4.
The Huskers’ opponent next weekend, Northwestern State, played at Globe Life Field earlier on Friday as they were playing Oklahoma. That series was moved to Arlington because of the cold weather Norman, Oklahoma, is experiencing.
First pitch for the Huskers’ second game with TCU is slated for 2 p.m.