Nebraska traveled to Northwestern in hopes of finding life in the bats again. Unfortunately, Game 1 did not provide the spark the team was looking for in the 4-2 loss.
There has been plenty of attention on Nebraska’s lack of offensive production. The Huskers scored 39 runs in a series sweep against Purdue one month ago. Since then? Nebraska has averaged only 2.6 runs per game. It is evident that the team is frustrated and struggling mentally at the plate.
It wasn't Matt Waldron’s best performance on the mound either, but it was enough to win the game. Waldron went 7.0 innings and gave up seven hits, four runs and five strikeouts.
Nebraska loaded the bases in the first inning with one out, but was unable to bring the runners across the plate. It was a game where the boys in red never really found any momentum until it was too late.
The Wildcats outhit the Huskers 7-6 on the day and there weren’t enough highlights for the Nebraska offense. Aaron Palensky went two-for-four, while Colby Gomes, Joe Acker, Mojo Hagge and Cam Chick each provided one hit.
The Huskers left six men on base. If they could’ve found a way to convert in the first inning, this might have been a different outcome. Overall, it was a disappointing day and a tough start to a series that Nebraska needs to win to have any chance at a Big Ten title.
Nebraska will have a chance at revenge on Sunday as the teams square off at 1 p.m. CT. Nate Fisher will get the start for the Huskers.