Huskers Sweep Double Header, Take Series at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, Calif. – The Nebraska baseball team (12-10, 0-0 Big Ten) swept a doubleheader from the Cal Poly Mustangs (8-15, 0-0 Big West) on Saturday at Baggett Stadium and took the series 3-1. Nebraska held off late rallies from the Mustangs in both games, winning game one, 6-5, and game two, 6-4.
Trailing 6-1 and with only three hits entering the bottom of the ninth, the Mustangs scored three runs on five hits and had the tying run on base when Robbie Palkert entered the game. The sophomore needed just three pitches to earn his first save of the season, getting Jack Kuzma to bounce into an game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
After scoring five runs on 11 hits over the first two games of the series, the Huskers totaled 12 runs on 19 hits in the doubleheader sweep on Saturday. With six doubles in game one, the Huskers added four doubles and two triples in game two.
Freshman Mojo Hagge and sophomore Mike Waldron paced the Huskers with two hits each, including a double and triple from Hagge. Waldron chipped in a double and scored a game-high two runs.
Lincoln native Connor Curry made his first career start on Saturday and didn’t allow a hit over 3.2 shutout innings. In his fourth appearance of the year Curry did walk three, but also struck out four Mustangs. Nate Fisher backed up Curry and earned his first career win. The Yutan, Neb., native struck out a career-high four over a career-high 4.2 innings.
The Huskers touched up Cal Poly starter Cam Schneider for five runs (four earned) on five hits over 4.0 innings. All five hits allowed by Schneider went for extra-bases.
With just one triple on the year entering the game, the Huskers notched a leadoff triple in both the first and second innings. Hagge started the game with a triple and then scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Angelo Altavilla. Curry sat the Mustangs down in order and then Luis Alvarado opened the second with his first career triple. Jesse Wilkening then made it 2-0 Huskers with a RBI groundout.
Curry gave up his first baserunner when he walked Cal Poly’s leadoff man in the second, but came back with three straight outs, including this third strikeout of the game. Curry got the first two outs of the fourth before he gave way to Fisher, who retired Josh George to keep the Huskers ahead, 2-0.
The Huskers caught a break in the top of the fifth when shortstop Kyle Marinconz committed Cal Poly’s second error of the game, allowing Jake Schleppenbach to reach. Nebraska took advantage and scored three runs on three straight doubles from Waldron, Joe Acker and Hagge, the first career doubles for both Waldron and Acker. The three-run frame extended NU’s lead to 5-0.
Cal Poly broke up the no hitter and the shutout with one swing in the bottom of the fifth, as Marinconz made up for his error with a solo home run to right field, his first home run of the season. Fisher went right back to work and retired the next three Mustangs in order, limiting the damage to one run.
Fisher retired Cal Poly’s 2-3-4 hitters in order in the sixth and retired his seventh straight Mustang to start the bottom of the seventh before George notched Cal Poly’s second hit of the game. Fisher bounced right back with an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play.
After not scoring since the fifth, the Huskers tagged on an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Waldron led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out RBI single by Scott Schreiber.
Trailing 6-1, the Mustangs didn’t go away quietly in the ninth. Nick Meyer led off with a single and after Fisher recorded a fly out, Scott Ogrin hit a two-run homer that cut NU’s lead to 6-3. Jake McSteen came in and allowed three straight hits, including a RBI single by pinch-hitter Kevin Morgan. Palkert took over with Kuzma up and promptly ended the Mustangs’ rally.
The Huskers will be back at Hawks Field on Tuesday night when they host Kansas State in non-conference action. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
McCook Golf Results from 3/23/17
Kade Gray lead the Bison with a score of 85, Gabe Vielma who is a new member to the program this year shot a 95,
Marcus Eckhardt who scored a 98, Trevor Oberg shot a 105, and Hunter Hays scored a 107. McCook placed 7th as a team shooting a 383. Click
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Huskers Take Opener at Cal Poly, 3-2
San Luis Obispo – The Nebraska baseball team (10-9, 0-0 Big Ten) held off a late charge by the Cal Poly Mustangs (7-13, 0-0 Big West) on Thursday night at Baggett Stadium, as the Huskers took the series opener 3-2.
The Huskers had a 3-0 lead after the sixth and the Mustangs cut the lead to one with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Mustangs managed just one base runner the rest of the game, as relievers Robbie Palkert and Luis Alvarado polished off the win. Palkert struck out three and tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, while Alvarado tossed a perfect ninth and struck out two for his second save of the season.
After tossing a career-high 6.2 innings last week against the College of Charleston, NU starter Jake Hohensee matched the outing on Thursday night. The junior allowed just one run on three hits and one walk over his 6.2 innings. Other than the second inning when Cal Poly loaded the bases with two out, Hohensee never allowed more than one runner to reach base and faced the minimum in an inning five times.
Cal Poly’s Erich Uelmen went 6.0 innings and struck out five Huskers, but did allow three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. The junior right hander cost himself a pair of runs in the first when a run scored on a failed pickoff and another on a wild pitch.
The Huskers were able to get Hohensee some early support, scoring a pair of runs in the first. Angelo Altavilla led off the game with a single but was then cleared off the bases on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jake Meyers. Scott Schreiber delivered the second hit of the inning, a single, and Meyers went 1st-to-3rd putting runners on the corners with one down. Uelmen then tried to pick off Schreiber at first, but instead threw the ball wide of the bag and Meyers easily scored to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead. With Schreiber in scoring position at second, Ben Miller flew out to right, but Schreiber tagged up and took third, which was important because with Luis Alvarado at the plate Uelmen uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Schreiber to score.
Working with a 2-0 lead, Hohensee put the Mustangs down in order in the bottom of the first. Cal Poly loaded the bases in the second on a hit-by-pitch, a single and a two out walk, but Hohensee got out of the jam with a 3-1 groundout. After the shaky second inning Hohensee got back in a groove and retired Cal Poly in order in both the third and fourth.
After giving up the single to Schreiber in the first, Uelman sat down 13 straight Huskers before Jake Schleppenbach worked a two-out walk in the fifth. Uelman went right back to work and got a fly out to end the frame.
Hohensee retired his eighth straight Mustang to start the bottom of the fifth before Scott Ogrin notched Cal Poly’s second hit of the game with a bloop single. Hohensee then got behind 3-0 to No. 9 hitter Jack Kuzma, but battled back to a full count and got Kuzma to bounce into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Following another quick inning from Hohensee, the Huskers added to their lead in the top of the sixth. Meyers picked up NU’s third hit of the game with a one-out single and looked like he might be stranded after Schreiber flew out. With Miller up and two down, Meyers stole second and then scored on a RBI double by Miller, which ended up being the game-winning run. Working with a 3-0 lead, Hohensee retired the top of Cal Poly’s lineup in order on six pitches in the bottom of the sixth.
Hohensee retired the first two Mustangs in the bottom of the seventh before Elijah Skipps dropped a single into right field. The Huskers went to reliever Jake McSteen, who gave up three straight soft singles that plated two runs. With the tying run at third base the Huskers brought in Palkert and the sophomore retired leadoff hitter Alex McKenna, keeping the Huskers in front, 3-2.
Palkert came back out for the bottom of the eighth to face Cal Poly’s 2-3-4 hitters. The right hander struck out the first two batters he faced before allowing a single to Nick Meyer. With the tying run on base Palkert struck out Kyle Marinconz to end the frame.
Alvarado took the mound in the ninth and made quick work of the Mustangs. Following a fly out to left, Alvarado struck out the final two Mustangs of the game.
The series continues tomorrow at 4 p.m. (CT). The game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m., but was moved up due to forecasted weather. Listen to the game in McCook on 93.9 The Zone & in Grand Island on KRGI 1430 AM & 106.9 FM.
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Two-Out Runs Cost Huskers in 8-6 Loss
Bakersfield, Calif. – Playing in its first true road game of the season, the Nebraska baseball team (9-9, 0-0 Big Ten) held a 6-4 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (11-5, 0-0 WAC) scored four runs, all with two outs, on their way to an 8-6 comeback victory. While the Huskers scored three of their runs with two outs on the night, Bakersfield plated all eight of its runs with two outs.
The Huskers were 9-0 on the year when leading after seven innings, but couldn’t improve to 10-0 in that category. There were two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the bases were empty when the Roadrunners exploded for four runs on four hits and two walks. CSUB had seven players come to the plate during the two-out rally.
The loss overshadowed a solid night from the Nebraska offense that produced 13 hits, including multi-hit game from each of NU’s first four hitters. Jake Meyers and Scott Schreiber each had three-hit games.
CSUB’s lineup was even tougher though, as they totaled 16 hits, including multi-hit games from each of its first six hitters. Mahilk Jones led the way, going 3-for-3 with a game-high three RBIs.
After the Huskers stranded a pair of two-outs hits in the top of the first, including a double by Meyers, the Roadrunners got a two-out hit in bottom of the frame that plated two runs. Starter Matt Waldron gave up consecutive singles to the first two batters he faced, but then got two outs and was nearly out of the jam. Waldron was unable to escape unscathed though, as Ryan Grotjohn laced a two-RBI single back through the box. Waldron then hit Cole Valletta before he got an inning-ending fielder’s choice.
Waldron stranded a pair of runners in the bottom of the third and then the NU offense got him the lead with three runs on three hits and a CSUB error in the top of the fourth. The Huskers quickly had two on following a leadoff single by Schreiber and a walk to Ben Miller. Luis Alvarado got in a 1-2 hole before delivering a RBI single that got NU on the board. CSUB starter Garrett Nimmo then issued his second walk of the inning and the Huskers had the bases loaded for Jake Schleppenbach. The Lincoln native lifted the first pitch he saw into left field and it was just deep enough to score Miller from third, tying the game at 2-2. Nimmo nearly got out of the inning with a double play off the bat of Alex Raburn, but the Roadrunners couldn’t turn it and a throwing error not only scored Alvarado to give the Huskers’ their first lead of the night, but Raburn also moved to second. Mojo Hagge stepped in and notched NU’s third hit of the frame, but on the play Raburn was called out on a close play at the plate.
Working with a 3-2 lead, Waldron retired the Roadrunners in order in the bottom of the fourth after he had allowed at least one hit in each of the first three innings.
Waldron retired his fourth and fifth straight Roadrunners in the bottom of the fifth, but then ran into trouble. With two out and the bases empty Max Carter lifted a 2-2 offering over the left-field wall, tying the game at 3-3. Waldron then hit Grotjohn and Jones followed with a fly ball down the right-field line that dropped in front of a diving Hagge, resulting in a RBI triple. Waldron was able to strand Jones at third with a strikeout of Valletta.
The Huskers retook the lead in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs, both scoring with two outs. Angelo Altavilla led off with a single, but was cleared when he was caught stealing second. Meyers followed with a single and CSUB went to reliever Naithen Dewsnap, who was welcomed by a single from Schreiber, his third hit of the game. Dewsnap came back and struck out Miller for the second out of the inning. Alvarado stepped in and got behind 1-2 in the count, he then fouled off three pitches before lining a game-tying RBI single to right field. With runners on the corners Alvarado delay-stole second and when CSUB threw to second Schreiber scored to put the Huskers ahead, 5-4. Dewsnap was able to strand Alvarado at second with a fly out of the bat of Jesse Wilkening.
CSUB had two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but Chad Luensmann extinguished the threat with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. NU’s offense then added an insurance run in the eighth on a pair of two-out hits. Dewsnap retired the first two batters he faced before NU’s lineup rolled over. Hagge started a two-out rally with his third double of the season and then scored on a single by Altavilla, pushing the Husker lead to 6-4. Altavilla stole second to get in scoring position, but Dewsnap escaped the frame by striking out Meyers.
Luensmann quickly retired the first two batters in the bottom of eighth, but then the lineup rolled over and the Roadrunners put together a four-run two-out rally. CSUB got three straight singles, including a RBI single by David Metzgar. Carter then walked to load the bases and the Roadrunners tied the game without a hit or walk, as Luensmann was called for a balk. Grotjohn worked a walk to reload the bases and Jones delivered the big hit with a 2-RBI single on a 0-2 count. Nebraska went to Reece Eddins, who put an end to the bleeding with a strikeout. With two outs and no one on base the Roadrunners scored four runs on four hits, two walks and a balk.
Dewsnap retired the Huskers in order in the top of the ninth to complete the comeback.
The Huskers will be off tomorrow before opening a four-game series at Cal Poly on Thursday at 8 p.m. (CT). The Huskers and Mustangs will play four games in three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
Huskers Win 6-2, Sweep Cougars
Lincoln – The Nebraska baseball team (9-8, 0-0 Big Ten) finished its first weekend sweep of the season on Sunday with a 6-2 victory over the College of Charleston Cougars (8-12, 0-0 CAA) at Hawks Field. The Huskers played well in all three facets of the game this weekend, as NU’s pitching staff allowed four total runs over the three-game series, the Husker defense committed one error and the offense totaled 22 runs 29 hits.
In his fourth start of the year junior Jake Meyers continued to stifle opposing hitters, as the left hander notched his third straight start without giving up a run. After tossing a complete-game shutout of Western Carolina last Sunday, Meyers produced 6.0 shutout innings against the Cougars, allowing four hits and one walk, while striking out three.
Dating back to the end of his first start of the year against Oregon State, Meyers hasn’t allowed a run over his last 21.2 innings.
The Huskers offense got production throughout the lineup, as six different players recorded a hit. Five of NU’s six runs were scored by the bottom five hitters in the lineup, while Nebraska’s first two hitters, Mojo Hagge and Angelo Altavilla, each recorded a pair of RBIs.
After going down in order in the first, the Cougars mounted a threat in the second when they had the bases loaded with one out following consecutive singles to start the frame and a one-out walk. Meyers got out of the jam with help from his defense as Luke Morgan hit a line drive to Jake Schleppenbach who quickly fired to Altavilla at second to double up Logan McRae for an inning-ending double play.
Meyers worked around a leadoff walk in the top of the third and then NU’s offense broke the scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the inning. Schleppenbach led off with his second double of the series and then took third when Charleston starter Griffin McLarty uncorked a wild pitch. McLarty got Brady Childs to pop out for the first out of the inning, then he walked Mojo Hagge and got a fly ball off the bat of Altavilla, but it was easily deep enough to score Schleppenbach from third.
Working with a 1-0 lead, Meyers faced the minimum in the fourth to quickly get his offense back to the plate. All nine Huskers came to bat in the bottom of the frame, with NU scoring four runs on three hits and three walks. McLarty struck out Scott Schreiber to start the frame but then gave up consecutive walks and the Cougars went to reliever Carter Love. Alex Raburn welcomed him with a single, loading the bases with one down. After getting a shallow fly out, Love worked a full count to Childs, but couldn’t deliver one last strike and a bases-loaded walk plated Ben Miller. The Huskers then got back-to-back two-out singles from Hagge and Altavilla, pushing NU’s lead to 5-0.
Meyers didn’t come out for the seventh and the Cougars were able to break up the shutout with a run. Tommy Richter recorded his second double of the game with one out and later scored on a two-out RBI single by pinch-hitter Joey Mundy. The Husker offense got the run back in the bottom of the frame though, as Altavilla scored on a passed ball that pushed NU’s lead to 6-1.
For the first time all weekend the Cougars scored multiple runs in a game, as they plated their second run of Sunday’s game in the eighth when they cashed in a leadoff single with a sacrifice fly.
Luis Alvarado took the mound in the ninth and gave up a leadoff walk, but responded with a 3-6-1 double play and a pop out to end the game.
The Huskers will now head to California, where they will play five games while school is out on campus for spring break. The Huskers play at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday before playing four games in three days at Cal Poly starting on Thursday.
2017 RPAC All Conference Girls and Boys Basketball
The Republican Plains Activities Conference has announced the 2017 Girls and Boys All Conference Basketball Teams. Click the link below to view the complete list.
McCook Midget Baseball Association 2017 Open Enrollment
McCook Midget Baseball Association opened the 2017 enrollment period. Enrollment will be open until March 24th. Forms have been distributed to local schools. Registration can be done online at www.mccookbaseball.organd at The Sports Shoppe.
MMBA is an all-volunteer organization responsible for administering the city league youth baseball (2-6), T-Baseball (K-1), and a T-Softball (K-2) division in McCook. If you are interested in supporting the league or if you have questions, please contact Troy Werkmesiter at 340-5948 or Jim Roberts at 340-9984. The next scheduled meeting will be March 21 st at 7:00 p.m. at the community room of McCook National Bank with access from C Street.
All Southwest Confernece
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