Nebraska baseball’s annual Red-White Series wrapped up Wednesday at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. The Red clinched the series win with a dominant 7-1 win.
While the first two games were seven-inning contests on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match went just six in an effort to keep pitch counts low. The Red won Monday’s opener 4-1 while the White evened the series with a 1-0 victory thanks to Cam Chick’s solo home run.
Here’s a quick recap of each game from the series:
A two-out RBI single from Core Jackson put the Red on top 1-0, then a wild pitch from White pitcher Dawson McCarville made the score 2-0. McCarville had a rough start and saw his pitch count rise to 34 before the Nebraska coaches ended the opening half inning with two outs, then gave the Red two more runs on top of the two that were scored.
An RBI single from the White’s Efry Cervantes cut the Red lead to 2-1, but that was all the offense the White would muster in the game. Red starting pitcher Emmett Olson threw four innings and struck out seven batters while giving up just two hits and one earned run. Quinn Mason came on in relief and tossed one inning and struck out two batters with two walks.
The Red got two home runs from Jack Steil and Griffin Everitt in the win. Steil hit a pop-up to left field, but it got a boost from the stiff north wind and landed over the fence for a solo shot. Everitt’s needed no help from the wind, as his two-run bomb to left-center was a no-doubter.
— True freshman Chase Mason showed off his speed at center and made a catch on a sharply-hit ball to the right-center gap. Mason made the catch after his hat flew off due to the wind.
The pitchers ruled the day as there was 22 total strikeouts against three walks and only six hits in the game. The difference was Cam Chick’s solo homer to center in the top of the seventh to put the White on top 1-0.
— A fan sitting behind the first-base dugout had a great one-handed catch on a foul ball that found its way to him.
— Texas A&M transfer pitcher Mason Ornelas gave an emotional yell and fist pump after striking out Mason with a runner on third and second to keep the game a scoreless tie in the fourth.
— A fantastic catch in foul territory by left fielder Gabe Swansen. The freshman from Johnston, Iowa, made the catch after needing a full sprint to get to the ball, which landed near the Huskers’ bullpen.
White team pitcher Jake Bunz had trouble in the top of the third inning after collecting five strikeouts in the first two innings. After loading the bases with a single, double and a walk, the Red’s Max Anderson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Max Petersen. But the damage was worsened when shortstop Brice Matthews committed an error on the cutoff that allowed Luke Sartori to score on the play that put the Red on top 2-0 in the top of the third.
Sartori, who was 3-for-4 at the plate in the win, then hit a two-run single in the fourth to give his team a 4-0 edge.
The White finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Josh Caron smacked a solo home run to center off Christo, but that was all the White’s rally had in it.
— First baseman Matthew Guthmiller with a great diving stop between first and second base. He gathered himself and flipped the ball to Bunz, who did a nice job of hustling to cover first.
— Great play from third basemen Cervantes to scoop up a slow-roller and fire an accurate throw to first to beat the base runner and record an out.
— Pitcher Koty Frank struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth.
— Guthmiller had another solid play in the top of the fifth when he was able to stretch and haul in a high throw for an out.