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Nebraska Can’t Build on Momentum in Omaha

April 06, 2022

After a sweep of Ohio State on the road last weekend, the Husker baseball team looked to build on the momentum in Omaha for a midweek contest against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

It was a cold one at Tal Anderson Field—the temperature was 48 degrees at first pitch. It felt chillier, however, thanks to the stiff east wind. The conditions weren’t ideal for baseball, but Omaha didn’t seem to care.

The Mavs picked up a 6-5 win over the Huskers, dropping them to 12-15 on the season and ending the aforementioned momentum generated in Columbus. The loss was the Huskers’ second this season to the Mavs in Omaha. The first was on March 13, when Omaha earned a 4-3 walk-off win. The two teams will meet for a fourth and final time on April 27 in Lincoln.

Wednesday’s win came with late-game drama as well.

Trailing 6-2 in the eighth inning, Colby Gomes stepped to the plate and blasted a two-out, three-run home run over the left-field wall to cut Omaha’s lead to 6-5.

There was opportunity for the Huskers to add more, but they couldn’t do it. Both Efry Cervantes and Brice Matthews drew walks to put runners on first and second, but relief pitcher Harrison Kreiling, an Omaha Westside product, struck out Cam Chick looking to end Big Red’s rally.

In the ninth, Nebraska loaded the bases with one out thanks to Max Anderson and Josh Caron drawing walks and Griffin Everitt getting a bloop single to fall in right. Luke Sartori struck out, which put the man that just jacked a three-run home run to left, Gomes, at the plate once again.

But this time, Kreiling won the battle.

Gomes struck out swinging, and Omaha catcher Eduardo Rosario said something to Gomes as he started to walk off the diamond. The two dugouts cleared, but nothing more came of it as coaches and umpires got in the middle of things.

 

After Mike Boeve gave Omaha a 1-0 edge with an RBI single in the first inning, the Mavs had runners on first and third with no outs. Nebraska’s starting pitcher, Drew Christo, struck out Noah Greise, but Eddie Satisky stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run double to the right-center gap.

Christo, a true freshman from Elkhorn, lasted two innings and allowed three earned runs and four hits while striking out two and walking two. The Huskers used six pitchers in the game.

In the third, Chick reached on an error at third by Boeve, then Anderson drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Chick was able to score thanks to Everitt reaching via fielder’s choice to cut the Husker deficit to 3-1.

Relief pitcher Jackson Brockett sat down his first six batters, but trouble found him in the fifth.

Omaha connected on a single and Brockett walked another to put runners on first and second with one out. Boeve came up to bat, and Husker head coach Will Bolt went to freshman CJ Hood out of the bullpen. Hood ran Boeve to a full count, but walked him to load the bases. The next batter, Greise, hit a sacrifice fly to shortstop that scored a run from third that put the Mavs up 4-1.

More trouble came in the fifth when Hood plunked a batter to load the bases. Luke Sartori, however, made the trouble go away. Rosario made solid contact on a deep shot to center that sent Sartori sprinting to the wall. Sartori, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Lincoln Southwest, made an incredible catch while he was falling over for the third out.

 

Anderson and Caron led the Huskers at the plate with two hits each. Anderson recorded two doubles.

Brockett, Hood, Tyler Martin, Mason Ornelas and Emmett Olson all saw relief action on the mound. Brockett had two strikeouts Martin, Ornelas and Olson each had one.

Up next for Nebraska is a three-game home series this weekend against the top team in the Big Ten so far, Rutgers (22-6, 4-1 in conference). Friday’s game is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

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