Nebraska opened conference play with a 4-1 win on Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against Michigan State. The Spartans came into Friday’s matchup with a 3-15 record.
Matt Waldron got the pitching start for Nebraska and came into the game with a 2.25 ERA. Waldron didn’t mess around either, as 42 of his first 50 pitches were strikes. He pitched the entire game and gave up only one run on two hits.
It was a solid performance from start to finish with MSU’s only run of the game coming on the solo home run in the third inning. The pitchers continued their solid play on the mound and the score remained 1-0 through five innings.
Things started to heat up at the plate for Nebraska in the sixth and seventh innings. Aaron Palensky came through big in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI double to tie the game, 1-1.
Nebraska loaded the bases in the seventh and Angelo Altavilla drew a walk to give the Huskers their first lead of the game. Palensky added a sacrifice fly to bring in another run and Keegan Watson hit an RBI single to give the Huskers a 4-1 lead.
Cam Chick had one of his best days at the plate going three-of-four. Palensky led the team with two RBIs.
Waldron exits the game with another win under his belt (3-0) and a 1.86 ERA. It appears he has established himself as the Friday night guy who can go out and be consistently solid.
This was another gritty performance from a Nebraska team that continues to gain confidence with each win.
Game 2 is set for a 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch. Nate Fisher will start at pitcher for the Huskers.