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.
Storm, Sammy’s Superheroes fight pediatric cancer Saturday
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation have partnered for the second straight season to fight pediatric cancer on “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank, Saturday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is a Nebraska-based pediatric cancer research and awareness group. Last season, the Storm raised just shy of $24,000 for the foundation.
Here’s a list of what the Storm will do to raise money for Sammy’s Superheroes and how fans can help.
1.Tri-City will wear one-night-only Sammy’s Superheroes jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
2.Fans that purchase tickets online or through the Viaero Center Box Office using the code “SUPERHEROES” will donate $5 from their $14 ticket to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Purchase tickets to the game here. The Box Office is open from 11am-6pmand the phone number is 308-338-8144.
3.The Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation will sell t-shirts and teddy bears at the game on the concourse and in the Storm Store to raise money. All proceeds go to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
The Storm will give away superhero capes to the first 1,000 kids in attendance. For the second straight season, Tri-City players will “buddy up” with children affected by cancer before the game and give the kids a game-day experience. The all-access experience includes skating out on the ice with the children for pregame introductions.Last season, Storm Captain Tory Dello gave his game-day experience to Sammy Nahorny, for whom the foundation is named, and the two remain in touch. The six players that buddied up with kids affected by cancer have made thank-you videos that will play during the game.
Tri-City and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation have made two joint appearances in the last week to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. On Tuesday, March 7, Storm players and coaches signed autographs for fans at First National Bank in Kearney. On Thursday, March 9, the Storm team bus stopped at First National Bank in Columbus, Nebraska for the second straight season and players met kids affected by cancer. See pictures of the event here.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation was founded on August 1, 2012, one day after Sammy Nahorny was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a solid tumor of the adrenal system. His mother, Erin, helped create the foundation as a support system for her family. The organization seeks to raise awareness for childhood cancer and donate funds to pediatric cancer research organizations.
The Storm’s engagement with the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is part of the team’s effort to help different organizations tackle cancer. Last season, Tri-City’s “Jerseys for a Cause” program raised more than $11,000, with about $2,000 of that going to the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Through two seasons, the Storm has raised more than $23,000 through Jerseys for a Cause. In 2014-15, Tri-City partnered with Team Jack, another organization dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer, raising more than $16,000 through t-shirt sales, a silent auction and Jerseys for a Cause.
The Storm is home on Friday, March 17 against Muskegon at 7:05 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, featuring $1 Coors Lights, green beer and koozie giveaway to the first 2,000 fans and a $5 Kids Friday.
Meyers Tosses Complete-Game Shutout
Friday - Western Carolina 5, Nebraska 2
Saturday - Western Carolina 8, Nebraska 2
Sunday - Nebraska 10, Western Carolina 0
Lincoln – Junior Jake Meyers recorded the first complete-game shutout of his career and the Husker offense exploded for 10 runs on 12 hits on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. With four runs on 15 hits through the first two games of the series, the Nebraska baseball team (6-8, 0-0 Big Ten) avoided a sweep by the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-8, 0-0 SoCon) with a 10-0 victory.
For the second straight Sunday Meyers was dominant on the mound. The lefty went a career-high 9.0 innings and allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out four. Meyers was efficient, needing 104 pitches for the complete game, and needed 10 pitches or less in an inning four times on the afternoon. Last week against previously unbeaten Arizona Meyers tossed 5.0 innings in a 1-0 shutout of the 2016 national runners up.
Following a leadoff double by Caleb Robinson in the fourth, Meyers retired 18 of the final 20 Catamounts he faced. Meyers sat WCU down in order in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, and needed just six pitches to get through the eighth.
The Catamounts never had more than one runner on base all afternoon and had a runner in scoring position just twice.
Meyers is the first Husker to record a complete-game shutout since May of last season when Matt Waldron did it against Penn State.
All nine Huskers notched a hit on the day, including three from Scott Schreiber and two from Alex Rabun. Schreiber was also one of four Huskers with a pair of RBIs on the afternoon, he was joined by Mojo Hagge, Angelo Altavilla and Jake Schleppenbach.
Western Carolina got a pair of 7.0-inning outings from its starters in the first two games of the series, but had to go to its bullpen early on Sunday. Junior Brendan Nail was unable to get out of the third inning, as he gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks over 2.2 innings.
After Meyers hung a zero on the board in the top of the first the Husker offense gave him a 2-0 lead. Hagge led off with a single and Altavilla was hit-by-pitch to put two runners on and no out. The Catamounts caught a break when Meyers hit into a 5-3 double play, but the Huskers still had Altavilla at second with two down. Schreiber stepped in and picked up his 10th RBI of the season with a single to right field. Without an RBI on the season, Ben Miller belted a two-out RBI double to left field that plated Schreiber and gave Miller his 100th career RBI.
Meyers made quick work of the Catamounts in the second and NU’s offense went back to work, scoring three times in the second for a 5-0 lead. Raburn and Brady Childs started the frame with back-to-back singles and Schleppenbach drove both in with his first career triple. Hagge then picked up his fifth RBI of the season with a RBI groundout. Later in the inning Meyers notched a two-out single and Schreiber followed with a single, but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
All nine Huskers came to the plate in the third and the Huskers added three more runs to take a 8-0 lead. After not allowing a walk in the first two innings, Nail issued four in the third. With two outs and the bases full following a two-out walk to Schleppenbach, Nail issued his fourth walk of the inning to Hagge and the freshman picked up his second RBI of the game. WCU went to reliever Chad Mabini, who gave up a two-RBI single to Altavilla and then walked Meyers to reload the bases. Mabini finally put an end to the bleeding with a groundout off the bat of Schreiber.
The Huskers picked up another two-out run in the fifth, increasing their lead to 9-0. Meyers worked a two-out walk and then scored all the way from first on double by Schreiber, his third hit of the game. Meyers scored again with two outs in the eighth when he was hit-by-pitch to open the frame before later scoring on a double by Luis Alvarado.
The Huskers will be back on the field next weekend at Hawks Field when they host the College of Charleston Cougars for a three-game series. The series opener is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4:05 p.m.
Boys State Basketball Recaps
Norfolk defeats Monarchs in Class A for 1st title since 1987
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lane McCallum scored 18 points to lead Norfolk to a 68-49 victory over Papillion-LaVista in the Class A boys basketball final Saturday night, the Panthers' first state championship since 1987.
Logan Strom scored seven points as the Panthers (23-4) went on a 17-0 run in the middle of the game to turn a 21-14 deficit into a 31-21 lead. Papillion-LaVista pulled within four points late in the third quarter but was down double digits throughout the fourth.
Strom finished had 12 points to go with 17 rebounds, and Christian Eisenhauer had 13 points.
Ayo Akinwole had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Monarchs (24-5). Ed Chang, one of the top players in the state, was limited because of an ankle injury and had 10 points and five rebounds.
Norfolk was 0 for 13 on 3-pointers but outscored the Monarchs 38-6 in the paint. The Panthers were 28 of 38 on free throws.
Johnson hits late 3 to give Gretna another title in Class B
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Joseph Johnson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with nine seconds left, and Gretna repeated asClassB champion with a 55-53 victory over Scottsbluff on Saturday in a rematch of last year's title game.
Dru Kuxhausen missed a 3-pointer with a second to play, allowing the Dragons (27-2) to win the sixth boys basketball championship in school history.
Trey Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Gretna, and Zachary Imig also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Tyler Sullivan added 12 points for the Dragons.
Kuxhuasen went 5 for 8 on 3-pointers while leading Scottsbluff (26-3) with 19 points. Landon Walker had 14 points to go with 14 rebounds, and Gabriel Patton had 11 points.
Gretna outscored the Bearcats 36-16 in the paint and held a 36-27 rebounding advantage.
Bishop Neumann beats crosstown rival Wahoo, defends C1 title
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jaxon Simons made six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points, and Bishop Neumann won its second straight ClassC1 boys championship and third in four years with an 80-57 victory over crosstown rivalWahoo on Saturday.
Noah Vedral added 16 points and eight assists, and Reid Jurgensmeier had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers (26-3). Simons also had four steals.
Neumann never trailed and led by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Ruzicka led the Warriors (22-6) with 18 points and five rebounds, and Will Shanahan added 13 points and five boards.
Neumann shot 57 percent overall and made 13 of 26 3-pointers. The Cavaliers had 20 assists on their 29 field goals.
It was the second time in four years that the schools have met in the final. The schools are separated by 1.9 miles in the Saunders County town of 4,500.
Ponca beats Warriors in C2 final for 1st title in 10 years
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Logan Kingsbury had 16 points, Carter Kingsbury made four 3-pointers while scoring 13, and Ponca won its first boys basketball state championship in 10 years with a 52-45 victory over Neligh-Oakdale in the ClassC2 final Saturday.
The Indians (27-4) never trailed against the senior-dominated Warriors (26-4).
Neligh-Oakdale got 14 points apiece from Grant White and Tyson Belitz, who also grabbed nine rebounds.
Derrek Touney's only basket of the game, a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, gave Ponca its biggest lead, 17-7. The Warriors twice came back to tie, but they could never go in front.
Ponca outscored the Warriors 21-10 at the foul line, and its bench held a 20-3 scoring advantage.
Lourdes Central Catholic tops Bluejays, repeats as D1 champ
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hayden Miller's 3-pointer tied it and Brandon Friedrichs' layup gave Lourdes Central Catholic the lead for good late in the third quarter, and the Knights won their second straight state championship with a 47-44 victory over Guardian Angels Central Catholic in the ClassD1 final Saturday.
Quinten Vasa led Lourdes (24-5) with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and he also had five rebounds and blocked four shots. Miller added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Nolan Plagge, who missed what would have been a tying 3-pointer late in the game, finished with 13 points for the Bluejays (16-14). Guardian Angels, which overcame a 1-5 start to the season to reach the state final for the first time since 2011, also got 13 points from Mitchell Hass and 12 points and 10 rebounds from Kobe Slaughter.
There were seven lead changes and seven ties.
Mullen earns 1st state title with win over Mead in D2 final
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Luke Christen scored off an inbound pass with 6.5 seconds left, and Mullen defeated Mead 29-28 in the ClassD2 boys basketball final Saturday night for the Broncos' first state championship.
Josh Quinn had given the Raiders a one-point lead when he drove the lane for a basket with 15 seconds left. Mead's Zachary Pickworth had two chances after Christen scored the go-ahead basket, but he had a shot blocked by Samuel Vinton and missed with a desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Tell Spies had eight points and eight rebounds to lead Mullen (27-2) and Brode McIntosh had six points.
Quinn scored 12 of Mead's 16 second-half points and finished with 14 for Mead. Dylan Taylor had seven points to go with 10 rebounds.
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Huskers End Weekend with 4-3 Win Over Utah
Surprise, Ariz. – After dropping a 7-5 decision to the defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes (5-2, 0-0 Pac-12) on Friday night, the Nebraska baseball team (2-4, 0-0 Big Ten) responded with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers outhit the Utes, 10-3, on the day, while relievers Chad Luensmann and Luis Alvarado combined for 4.2 shutout innings, with Luensmann earning his first win of the season and Alvarado earning his first career save.
Freshman Mojo Hagge continued to swing a hot stick in 2017, as the Omaha native went 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Sophomore Angelo Altavilla also produced a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5. In two games against the Utes this weekend Altavilla went 6-for-9 with three doubles and four RBIs.
After missing the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery, junior Jake Hohensee was back on the mound for the Huskers on Sunday. The junior from Lincoln hadn’t pitched in a college game in 653 days and showed little rust, as he retired the first six batters he faced. Hohensee went 4.1 innings for the Huskers and was tagged for three runs on two hits, but only one run was earned.
For the first time all weekend the Huskers took a lead, scoring a run in the top of the first on a two-out single by Scott Schreiber. Hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season Hagge led off the game with a single and was soon at third following a two-base throwing error on a failed pickoff by Utah starter Josh Lapiana. The Utah lefty responded with back-to-back strikeouts and nearly got out of the jam, but Schreiber came through with a RBI single to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
Hohensee then took the mound for the first time since he threw at Illinois on May 15, 2015, and put the Utes down in order, including strikeouts of the first two batters he faced. Hohensee retired the first six Utes he faced before issuing a leadoff walk to Chandler Anderson in the third. Hohensee retired the next two batters and then picked off Anderson to face the minimum though three innings.
Nebraska’s offense then went to work and tacked on three runs to give Hohensee a 4-0 lead. A leadoff walk by Schreiber along with back-to-back singles by Alvarado and Luke Roskam quickly loaded the bases for the Huskers with no out. Mike Waldron worked a walk that plated a run before Lapiana struck out Brady Childs for the first out of the inning. Lapiana nearly got an inning-ending double play off the bat of Alex Raburn, but the Husker shortstop beat the throw to first and another run came into score. The NU lineup rolled over and Hagge picked up his second hit of the game, a RBI single that plated Roskam. Lapiana put an end to the top of the fourth with his seventh strikeout of the game.
Utah answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a Husker error. DaShawn Keirsey Jr. led off with a triple and after a ground out the Utes had runners on the corners following a walk to Dallas Carroll. Hohensee executed and got what looked to be a potential 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Hunter Simmons, but the ball went under Raburn’s glove at shortstop, which scored a run and continued the inning. After a walk loaded the bases, the Utes got a RBI single and a sacrifice fly before a groundout ended the frame, but not before the Utes cut Nebraska’s lead to 4-3.
The Utes had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with one out in the fifth for their No. 3 and 4 hitters, but Luensmann came in and ended the threat with a strikeout and a fly out to keep the Huskers in front.
After coming on in the fifth Luensmann retired 10 straight Utes before plunking Hunter Simmons with two out in the bottom of the eighth. The right hander went right back to work and got a pop out off the bat of Josh Rose to end the inning.
With a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth the Huskers turned the ball to Alvarado, who was making his second career appearance on the mound and first save opportunity. Wade Gulden welcomed Alvarado with a line-drive single to center, putting the tying run on base. Alvarado responded with a strikeout, a fly out and a groundout to end the game.
The Huskers will be back in action next weekend at the Frisco College Classic in Frisco, Texas. The Huskers will face Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Arizona over three days at Dr Pepper Ballpark, starting with the Cowboys on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska Women's Basketball Team Survives in OT
Lincoln - Jessica Shepard scored a season-high 32 points and Hannah Whitish added a career-high 24 to lead the Nebraska women’s basketball team to a 76-74 overtime win over Michigan State on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Shepard, a sophomore forward from Fremont, Neb., scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Huskers overcome a seven-point deficit at the end of three periods. Shepard also grabbed 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.
Whitish, a freshman from Barneveld, Wis., produced the first 20-point game of her career, including a career-high five three-pointers. She hit two threes to open the overtime period to put Nebraska in control in the winning frame.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 7-21 overall and finished Big Ten regular-season play at 3-13 in a four-way tie for 11th. The Huskers earned the No. 13 seed at the upcoming Big Ten Touranment and will play No. 12 seed Illinois on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Michigan State slipped to 19-10 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten, after watching Nebraska erase a 14-point second-quarter deficit to rally to victory. Senior guard Tori Jankoska led the Spartans with 29 points, including 7-of-13 three-point shooting. In the fourth quarter and the start of the overtime, Jankoska scored 18 consecutive points for the Spartans in a losing effort.
Shepard scored 12 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to give Nebraska a 65-62 lead.
Jankoska then answered with her sixth three-pointer of the game, a wild running three from the left corner that hit high off the top corner of the glass and banked in with 20.3 seconds left to tie the game at 65.
Nebraska then got a look for Shepard in the heart of the paint in the closing seconds, but her turnaround jumper fell off the iron, sending the game to overtime.
Whitish quickly set the tone for the Huskers in the extra period. After Shepard won the tip, Whitish nailed her fourth three of the game just 19 seconds into the overtime to give NU a 68-65 lead. Jankoska answered with her first two-point field goal of the game on a layup, before Whitish responded with her career-high fifth three with 3:27 left to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game at 71-67.
Jankoska quickly responded with her seventh three to cut the margin back to 71-70, but Michigan State's offense stalled against a gritty Nebraska defense. The Huskers mustered 1-of-2 free throws with 2:31 left from Allie Havers, who finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in her final game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Senior Day. Neither team scored for the next 1:25, before Shepard hit a pair of free throws to put Nebraska back up by four at 74-70 with 1:06 left.
Lexi Gussert got a field goal for the Spartans with 56 seconds left to end a stretch of nearly 14 minutes where Jankoska was the only Spartan to score.
After Shepard hit 1-of-2 free throws with 34 seconds left, Jankoska hit a pair of free throws to cut the margin to 75-74 with 19 seconds left. Whitish then scored the game's final point by going 1-for-2 at three throw line. Nebraska's defense answered with a stop and after a pair of missed free throws by Shepard, Jankoska's 70-foot heave at the buzzer hit off the back of the iron to set off a second-straight home victory celebration over a top-50 RPI team at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska hit 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots from the field for the game, including 17-of-29 in the second half. The Huskers hit 9-of-14 shots in the fourth quarter, after going 8-for-31 in the first half half. The Huskers hit 7-of-22 three-pointers, but just 15-of-30 free throws for the game. Nebraska outrebounded the Spartans, 48-41 and won the turnover battle, 11-9, despite trailing 6-1 in that category at the end of the first quarter.
Although Shepard and Whitish were the only two Huskers in double figures, combining for 56 of Nebraska's 76 points, Maddie Simon provided a huge lift off the bench for the Big Red with seven points, five rebounds and four assists without committing a turnover. Simon played a season-high 28 minutes and also played stellar defense.
Nicea Eliely nearly shut out Jankoska in the first half, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals for the Big Red. Jasmine Cincore also contributed five points and six boards in the win.
Michigan State hit 38.2 percent (26-of-68) of its shots, including 12-of-27 threes. The Spartans also hit 10-of-13 free throws.
Jenna Allen came off the bench to score 13 points as the only other Spartan in double figures for the game. Branndais Agee managed nine points and six rebounds, while Taya Reimer added eight points and seven boards.
Nebraska got off to a solid start, taking a 10-8 lead on a pair of free throws by Cincore with 5:23 left. However, Michigan State ended the quarter on a 14-0 run, holding the Huskers scoreless for the final 5:23 on 0-for-5 shooting.
Michigan State closed the first quarter at 10-for-21 from the field, while Nebraska was just 3-for-11. The Huskers committed six first-quarter turnovers and were outrebounded 10-9 in the period.
Nebraska responded by winning the second quarter despite cold field goal shooting. The Huskers went just 5-for-20 from the floor in the second quarter by outrebounded MSU, 16-12 in the quarter, and won the second quarter turnover battle 3-1.
Michigan State went just 3-for-14 from the floor in the second quarter, but all three were three-pointers, as the Spartans held a 34-25 lead at the half.
The Huskers went to the fourth quarter trailing 49-42, after outscoring Michigan State 17-15 in the third.
Huskers Fall to Illinois
Lincoln - Nebraska ran into a hot-shooting Illinois team and fell, 73-57, at Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday evening.
Tai Webster led Nebraska (12-16, 6-10) with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but Illinois went 13-of-26 from 3-point range, including 8-of-9 to open the second half to break the game open in the second half.
Malcolm Hill led Illinois (17-12, 7-9) with 19 points, including 4-of-6 from long range to pace three Fighting Illini players in double figures. Tracy Abrams added 13 points, including four 3-pointers while Maverick Morgan added 12 points for the victors.
Illinois took control with a 12-3 run early in the second half as Hill and Abrams combined for eight points to help the visitors build a 44-35 lead and force a Husker timeout.
Nebraska pulled to within seven, at 44-37, on a Jack McVeigh basket, but 3-pointers from Jalen Coleman-Lands and Abrams pushed the lead back to 13 and Nebraska was unable to slice the lead back into single figures the rest of the way.
Illinois limited the Huskers to 38 percent shooting, as Evan Taylor (nine) and Ed Morrow Jr. (eight and seven rebounds) were the other Huskers to score more than seven points.
The first half featured solid defense by both teams, as Illinois took a 38-28 lead in the locker room. The Huskers held Illinois to 40 percent shooting, but shot just 33 percent in the opening stanza. The Huskers led 7-5, but Illinois ran off 10 straight points to build a 15-7 advantage following a basket by Kipper Nichols.
The Huskers, who missed eight straight shots in the run, charged back, as a McVeigh basket started an 8-0 spurt that pulled NU within 15-13 with 8:42 left in the half. The Huskers trailed 19-13 before Webster keyed a 9-2 Husker run, scoring six points, including a 3-point play that put the hosts up 22-21 with 5:49 left in the half, as Webster had 10 first-half points to key the attack.
The Huskers led 26-23, but Illinois run off seven straight points to build a 30-26 lead after a Malcolm Hill 3-pointer before a pair of Morrow free throws pulled the Huskers within two at the break.
The Huskers return to action on Thursday night, as they travel to Minnesota. Tipoff at Williams Arena is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN and carried on the Husker Sports Network. NU’s final regular-season home game is set for next Sunday, as the Huskers will host Minnesota on Senior Night with tipoff slated for 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.
*-Tai Webster reached double figures for the 29th straight game, finishing with 17 points, along with team highs in rebounds (eight), assists (five) and steals (four).
*-With 17 points tonight, Webster passed Cary Cochran (1,081; 1999-2002) for 26th on NU’s career scoring list, as Webster now has 1,085 career points.
*-Webster’s four steals matched his season high set at Indiana (12/28) and vs. Iowa (1/5)
*-Illinois’ 13 3-pointers were the second-highest total allowed by Nebraska this season (14, Purdue). Over the previous three games, NU had limited its opponents to just 13-of-52 (.250) from 3-point range.
*-Nebraska enjoyed a 34-31 advantage on the boards, and has been out-rebounded once in its last eight contests.
No. 8 Beavers Drop Huskers, 10-1
Surprise, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) fell behind 4-0 after the first inning to the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Thursday afternoon and were unable to comeback in a 10-1 loss.
Nebraska’s bats were kept in check by junior Luke Heimlich. The 6-1 lefty allowed just one run on six hits and one walk over 7.0 innings, while striking out four.
After not allowing an earned run over 7.0 innings in last week’s season opener, sophomore Matt Waldron had one of his roughest outings as a Husker. The right hander allowed seven runs on 10 hits, both career highs, over 3.1 innings, the shortest start of his young career.
Sophomore Ethan Frazier and junior Luis Alvarado were bright spots for the Huskers out of the bullpen. Frazier didn’t allow a hit and struck out three over 2.0 shutout innings, while Alvarado recorded a perfect eighth inning in his Husker debut on the mound. Alvarado also added his third double of the season at the plate.
The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as all nine batters came to the plate. OSU notched six hits in the frame, including doubles from Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach. Madrigal went 3-for-4 on the day with three runs scored.
Nebraska got one run back in the top of the second when Jake Schleppenbach drove in Mike Waldron with a two-out RBI single, but Oregon State responded with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead.
After adding a seventh run off Waldron in the fourth, freshman Connor Curry made his Husker debut out of the bullpen. The lefty got a fly out for the second out of the inning, hit a batter to load the bases and then notched his first college strikeout to end the frame.
The Beavers turned a leadoff walk and an error into two more runs in the fifth and plated a leadoff walk in the sixth for a 10-1 lead.
The Huskers will be back at Surprise Stadium tomorrow evening to face the Utah Utes, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. (CT).
Wolverines Run Past Huskers
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Jessica Shepard and Allie Havers led four Huskers in double figures with 12 points apiece, but the Nebraska women's basketball team fell behind big early and could not recover in an 88-60 loss to No. 25 Michigan at Crisler Arena on Thursday night.
Shepard produced her 13th double-double of the season and 23rd of her career with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Havers added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Huskers, who slipped to 6-21 overall and 2-13 in the Big Ten. Hannah Whitish added 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while Maddie Simon pitched in 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal off the bench for the Big Red.
Junior guard Katelynn Flaherty led three Wolverines who all scored 20 or more points. Flaherty finished with 25 points and five three-pointers, while freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick pitched in 21 points and nine rebounds, while hitting a trio of three-pointers. Michigan also got 20 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals from sophomore center Hallie Thome.
Michigan improved to 22-7 overall and 11-4 in the Big Ten. The 22 wins ties for the highest single-season win total in Michigan history, while the Wolverines' 11th conference win locked up the No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
For the game, Michigan hit 49.2 percent (30-61) of its shots from the floor, including 40.7 percent (11-27) from three-point range. The Wolverines also knocked down 17-of-24 free throws (.708), while outrebounding the Huskers 36-31. Michigan also won the turnover battle, 22-13.
Nebraska hit 43.1 percent (25-58) of its shots, but just 5-of-18 threes (.278). The Huskers also hit 5-of-7 free throws.
Michigan jumped to a quick 16-6 lead that grew to 27 points at 44-17 with 3:25 left in the first half, before Nebraska ended the half on a 9-0 run. The Huskers, who trailed 28-11 at the end of the first quarter, trailed 44-26 at halftime and an explosive first half from the Wolverines.
Flaherty led Michigan with 17 first-half points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting. Gondrezick added 11 points and six rebounds in the first half after hitting 3-of-6 first-half three-pointers. Thome added nine points, four boards and two blocks for the Wolverines in the first half.
As a team, Michigan hit 15-of-33 shots, including 8-of-17 first-half threes, despite going scoreless for the final 3:25 of the half. Michigan hit 6-of-8 free throws and outrebounded Nebraska, 21-17. The Wolverines also won the first-half turnover battle 11-7.
The Huskers hit just 11-of-30 first-half shots, including just 2-of-11 threes and 2-of-3 free throws. Havers and Whitish each scored eight points to lead the Huskers in the half.
Nebraska got off to a solid start in the third quarter, trimming Michigan’s margin to 15 at 48-33 after a three-point play from Jasmine Cincore with 6:10 left, but the Wolverines responded with five straight points and closed the third quarter with a 62-41 lead.
The Huskers wrap up Big Ten regular-season play with their home finale against Michigan State on Sunday. Tip off on Senior Day for Allie Havers and Esther Ramacieri at Pinnacle Bank Arena against the Spartans is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with tickets available now at Huskers.com.