Coach Darin Erstad has said if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. If that’s the case, Nebraska (4-6) is living by that rule with its 2019 schedule. To start the season, the Huskers have already faced defending national champion Oregon State and No. 3 Texas Tech. They were also scheduled to play No.12 Mississippi State before it was canceled due to weather.
Things won't get any easier this weekend as the Huskers travel to Waco, Texas, to take on No. 21 Baylor (9-2). This is a series that was originally scheduled at Haymarket Park but had to be relocated due to the continued poor weather conditions in Lincoln.
That relocation is tough too. Baylor is an experienced team that has proven difficult to beat at home.
“Their offensive numbers are very impressive and it will be a challenging series,” Erstad said Wednesday.
Nebraska saw success in a win against Texas Tech last weekend, but struggled against Oregon State earlier in the season. So, what’s the key to success? Aggressiveness, which is what Erstad saw as the major difference between those two opponents and how Nebraska performed.
Senior pitcher Matt Waldron said the win against Texas Tech was a big confidence boost for him personally though.
“We know we can be pretty good and having games like that can solidify our belief,” he said.
The weather continues to be an issue in Lincoln though, as the Huskers announced Wednesday that their game with North Dakota State has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 13. The home opener is now set for Friday, March 15 to kick off a three game series with New Mexico State. The Huskers are holding out hope, but even that isn’t looking real promising.
“It sucks, but we can’t really think about it too much,” sophomore outfielder Carter Cross said. “You just have to prepare as you normally would”.
Nebraska is looking at all the options right now. The team has reached out to a couple places in Omaha about potentially playing games there. Kansas City and Wichita were also brought up for potential game locations.
Erstad said the biggest issue is missing class days.
“We’re limited in what we can do because they do have to go to school,” he said.
Other notes from practice:
>> Mojo Hagge is still limited. He is starting to throw, but is still sore. He will continue to contribute with his bat.
>> Starting pitching rotation for this weekend will be Waldron, Nate Fisher and Connor Curry.
>> Erstad said he was on the field today and said the tarp is a block of ice. It will be a waiting game to even get to work on the field conditions.