The Nebraska baseball team begins Big Ten play this week, but first the Huskers will play former long-time conference opponent Kansas State on Tuesday night at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
First pitch is set for 6:35, with sophomore right-hander Matt Waldron starting for Nebraska.
Waldron, 1-2 with a 4.56 earned-run-average, started last Tuesday at CSU Bakersfield, allowing 11 hits and four runs, all earned, in six innings but wasn’t involved in the decision.
The 12-10 Huskers swept a double-header at Cal Poly on Saturday to go 3-2 on their trip to California, while Kansas State was swept in a three-game weekend series against Texas to open Big 12 play. The Wildcats, 15-9 overall, were shut out in two of the three games at Austin.
Nebraska had 10 doubles and two triples among 19 hits in the double-header sweep. Scott Schreiber had two doubles in the first game and leads the Huskers in extra-base hits (9) and runs-batted-in (19). He’s batting .337 with a .488 slugging percentage, tops among the regulars.
Schreiber has a hitting streak of 13 games.
Angelo Altavilla continues to lead Nebraska’s regulars with a .358 batting average and is second to Schreiber in RBIs (16) and slugging percentage (.463).
Freshman walk-on Mojo Hagge is second in batting, with a .338 average, and leads the team with 13 walks. He has reached base in 20 consecutive games.
The Huskers will open Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series at Indiana.
The Kansas State-Nebraska series dates to 1898, with the Huskers holding a 166-114 advantage.
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.