Nebraska and Michigan went to battle in Game 2 on a warm windy Friday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. Michigan entered the game with a half-game lead on Indiana for first place in the Big Ten. In the end, the Huskers walked away with a 7-0 victory and made things very interesting at the top of the conference.
It was a pitcher’s duel until Nebraska struck first in the bottom of the third inning on a Joe Acker RBI. Things then stayed quiet for the next couple innings before the fireworks began.
It got wild in the sixth inning as Alex Henwood continues to be Nebraska’s bunt specialist. Henwood laid down a bunt and a Michigan throwing error led to a Nebraska run. It was an almost identical play to Friday night.
The Huskers weren’t done there either. Jaxon Hallmark went yard for a three-run homer. Hallmark has now provided big three-run homers in back-to-back series.
Aaron Palensky followed shortly after with a solo home run of his own. This gave Nebraska a 6-0 advantage and all of the momentum.
Nebraska had offense up and down the lineup Friday afternoon. Five Huskers had multiple hits for 12 total hits on the game.
Nate Fisher backed up his performance from last weekend against Arizona State with another gem on Friday afternoon. Fisher went 6.0 innings and gave up only two hits while striking out seven. Robbie Palkert and Max Schreiber finished the game as Husker pitchers recorded 10 total strikeouts.
One could argue that this was Nebraska’s most impressive win of the year as the team outhit Michigan 12-2 and dominated on the mound.
Things have suddenly gotten really messy at the top of the Big Ten. The Huskers are now only half a game behind first place Michigan with one game left in the series. To win the Big Ten outright, the Huskers will need to defeat Michigan in Game 3 of the series. Indiana and Illinois would both also need to lose one of their next two games. Indiana is hosting Rutgers and Illinois is on the road at Michigan State.
It will be quite a regular season finale at Haymarket Park. Nebraska has won the series and is looking to cap it off with a sweep. First pitch of Game 3 is scheduled for 8:02 p.m. CT and will be televised on BTN.