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Huskers blank Cal Poly to even series

After suffering a 14-8 loss on Thursday that included a Husker bullpen implosion to lead to a 10-run final three innings for Cal Poly, Nebraska was looking to even the series back up with Luis Alvarado on the mound.

Nebraska’s bats threatened in the second inning after Angelo Altavilla gave Nebraska its first hit of the day with a single through the left side of the infield. Jaxon Hallmark delivered a two-out bloop single to center, followed by a delayed steal to put the two runners on second and third. Gunnar Hellstrom grounded out to end the inning, stranding the two Huskers and ending Nebraska’s early threat.

In the bottom of the third inning, Joe Acker lead things off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt from Mojo Hagge to advance Acker into scoring position, consecutive passed balls and wild pitches scored Acker to give Nebraska a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Huskers kept the scoring going. Altavilla continued his success at the plate today with a heads-up bunt for a single. Roskam followed Altavilla with a double in the left-center gap to put the pair of runners on second and third. After a sacrifice-fly from Hallmark to score Altavilla, Hellstrom singled to left to bring home Roskam and give Nebraska a 3-0 lead.

On the mound, Alvarado was locked in. The right-handed power pitcher struck out four batters through the first two innings to give his side some momentum moving into the middle innings of the game. The more Alvarado pitched, the more he was able to locate his pitches effectively.  Alvarado ended the day pitching a career-high seven innings, throwing 115 pitches, giving up five hits, while striking out eight Mustangs.

With a solid pitching performance and a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, Nebraska wasn’t done. Jesse Wilkening got in on some of the action, hitting an opposite-field home run into right, giving the Huskers a security run and extending the lead to four.

That was more than enough for the Big Red, as Paul Tillotson earned a two-inning save to secure the 4-0 victory.

Game and Husker MVP – Luis Alvarado – Alvarado pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and scattering the five Mustang hits. More importantly, Alvarado ate up innings to give Nebraska’s bullpen some rest heading into the rest of the weekend.


These two sides will meet again tomorrow for a double-header. Nate Fisher (0-2) will start for Nebraska in the first game, while Matt Warren (1-0) will start on the bump in game two.

Saturday, March 10 • 12:05 p.m. (CT) Hawks Field at Haymarket Park
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Nate Fisher (0-2) vs. Darren Nelson (2-0)

Saturday, March 10 • 4:00 p.m. (CT) Hawks Field at Haymarket Park
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Matt Warren (1-0) vs. TBD

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