After a rain-soaked doubleheader on Friday, Nebraska and No. 7 Oregon State went to battle under sunny skies for Game 3 Saturday evening in Arizona. The Huskers were hungry for a win after going 0-2 on Friday, but left with a 17-1 loss instead.
A new day brought excitement, but it ended as a disappointing outing for the Huskers as they were unable to keep things competitive from the start. Oregon State made quick work of Nebraska, rattling off eighteen hits.
Things were also sloppy on the mound for Nebraska in Game 3, as the Huskers went through five pitchers. Nate Fisher got his second start of the season for Nebraska. He kept the Beavers under control for two innings, but things unraveled in the third. Byron Hood and Max Schreiber came in and pitched for a combined 1.0 inning. Ethan Frazier and Paul Tillotson finished the game on the mound for the Huskers.
This was the first game of the season where Nebraska looked outmatched from start to finish. The defending champs flexed their muscles as they were efficient offensively and defensively.
Adding insult to injury, the Huskers also never really got the offense clicking. They loaded the bases in the first inning but were unable to come away with any runs. Jaxon Hallmark went 1-for-2 and was walked twice.
The team stats reflect the final score. Nebraska hit .182 on the night compared to Oregon State at .450. The Beavers also had 18 hits to Nebraska’s six.
Nebraska has a quick turn-around, wrapping up the series with Oregon State Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT.