Nebraska might have picked up momentum in winning its series with Maryland.
Or it might not.
“Every situation’s different,” Husker Coach Darin Erstad said following Sunday’s 8-4 victory against the Terrapins. “You’re dealt a different set of cards every day.
“Who knows what’s going to happen Monday? Some guy might break up with somebody; he might have a bad test; he might miss a class. Who knows what’s going to happen?”
Erstad was responding to a question about how the Huskers would approach Tuesday night’s non-conference game against Kansas State at Manhattan.
“I’ll get a temperature on the group on Tuesday when we’re driving down there, see how we’re moving around, how they’re communicating, just kind of get a feel for where they’re at and then I’ll send my message based off what you need on that day,” he said.
His message wouldn’t be determined until then. But he announced his starting pitcher on Monday, Ben Miller, the Big Ten Player of the Week – finishing it off going 10-13 against Maryland.
The senior left-hander has started twice this season, pitching five scoreless innings, striking out five and walking six, the only downside to what he’s done.
Kansas State will counter with sophomore right-hander Brogan Heinen, who’s 1-2 with a 5.23 earned-run average and 23 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. He’s walked 21.
The Wildcats have struggled in Big 12 play. They’re 1-8, and 16-15 overall. Earlier this season, the Huskers defeated Kansas State 11-1 at Hawks Field. They’ve gone 6-1-1 since then.
Despite going 1-for-12 in the Maryland series, Angelo Altavilla continues to lead Nebraska’s regulars with a .314 batting average, though freshman Luke Roskam has worked his way into the lineup at third base, playing in 15 games with 12 starts, and is hitting .349. Scott Schreiber, 0-for-12 against Maryland, is batting .306, with three home runs and 24 runs-batted-in.
The Huskers have raised their team batting average to .270.
Following Sunday’s victory, Erstad said the Huskers’ “psyche is fine, just fine.”
Whether that’s the case on Tuesday night remains to be seen.
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.