Nebraska baseball opened its homestand with Northern Colorado on Tuesday, securing an 8-2 victory. With the first pitch set for 1:35 p.m. CT, the Huskers got off to a hot start in the first inning when Scott Schreiber scored a three-run home run, giving Nebraska a 3-0 lead by the end of the first inning. Schreiber’s home run was also Nebraska’s first of the season.
Matt Waldron was the man on the pitching mound, battling a windy day at Haymarket Park. With gusts up to 40mph at times, Waldron was effective early, despite the wind, keeping Northern Colorado scoreless after a pair of singles by the Bears.
Schreiber continued the day with a single up the middle in the bottom of the third, bringing Luis Alvarado home. Jesse Wilkening then brought Schreiber home and the Huskers had a 6-0 lead at the end of the third inning.
Northern Colorado put itself on the board in the fifth inning, driving two runners home on a single. It would be the only two runs for the Bears on Tuesday, while the Huskers added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Schreiber scored on a wild pitch, while Jake Meyers scored on a failed pickoff attempt.
Waldron handed the game off to relievers Robbie Palkert and Jake McSteen in the sixth inning. Both prevented any additional runs from the Bears, tossing 2.0 shutout innings each.
The Huskers have now won their home opener for the 39th straight season, improving their 2017 record to 4-6 on the season. Nebraska and Northern Colorado return to Haymarket Park on Wednesday afternoon, with the first pitch set for 1:35 p.m. CT.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.