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Huskers Blast Hoosiers, Avoid Sweep in Bloomington

April 24, 2022

One day after striking out 16 times and scoring just one run in a loss to Indiana, Nebraska’s offense exploded for 19 runs, 20 hits and four home runs—all season-highs—as the Huskers ended Indiana’s bid at a sweep with a lopsided 19-7 win in Bloomington on Sunday.

As a team, Nebraska hit .455, scored at least one run in every inning but the second and hit .556 with two outs. Griffin Everitt led the way at the plate by going 4-of-7 with four RBIs while Cam Chick was 2-of-4 with four RBIs and hit a three-run home run in the sixth that extended his team’s advantage to 12-4. Leighton Banjoff and Gabe Swansen each added three RBIs in the win while Garrett Anglim had two RBIs.

Nebraska improves to 15-23 overall and 5-7 against Big Ten competition while Indiana drops to 16-23, 4-8. The Huskers will host Kansas State (21-18) on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. and Omaha (18-18) on Wednesday at the same time. The Huskers dropped its first game at Kansas State on March 9, 6-4, and is 1-2 against Omaha this season—every game of that series has been decided by one run.

On Sunday, Nebraska got a quality start on the mound from Koty Frank, who went 5.1 innings and struck out nine batters against four walks. Frank allowed six hits and five earned runs while holding the Hoosiers scoreless for the first three innings.

Tyler Martin and Braxton Bragg both pitched in relief and did well. Martin threw two innings and struck out two while giving up two hits and two earned runs. Bragg finished things off and tossed 1.2 scoreless innings with one punchout and allowed two hits.

Everitt got the avalanche of runs started with an RBI groundout in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Max Anderson gave Big Red a 3-0 edge in the third when he grounded into a double play that scored Anglim.

Nebraska’s advantage was stretched to 5-0 in the fourth when Everitt’s red-hot bat connected on an RBI double down the right-field line that scored Chick, who drew a walk and then stole second. After Indiana responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Huskers went on to outscore the Hoosiers 8-1 in the next three innings.

The Huskers began the fifth, sixth and seventh frames with leadoff home runs from Swansen, Banjoff and Brice Matthews, respectively. Swansen’s longball was his first of his career while Banjoff’s homer wasn’t the only one in the sixth—Chick snuck his three-run shot out of the park as well for his seventh of the season.

Nebraska tacked on four more runs in the eighth to extend its lead to 18-5, and it was aided by shaky Hoosier pitching that threw four walks and hit two batters. Efry Cervantes and Chick both drew RBI walks with the bases loaded. The Indiana pitching staff walked 12 batters and plunked six Husker batters.

The game lasted nearly four hours and saw the two teams combine for 30 hits. Every Husker to play, outside of Tyler Palmer and Jack Steil whom both entered the game late, scored at least one run in the contest. Chick, Anglim and Core Jackson all scored three runs each.

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