Nebraska came into Saturday’s double dip of action after shutting out Cal Poly on Friday to even the series at one game apiece. After a solid outing from Alvarado on Friday, Erstad was looking to Nate Fisher and the rest of the staff to win the series for the Huskers.
As much as Erstad leaned on his pitchers, the offense is what told most of the story.
In game one of the day, Nebraska’s bats exploded for a whopping 22 runs. The Huskers scored nine of those runs in the first two innings, before scoring 13 runs in the sixth inning. Seven of the nine Nebraska starters had a hit, five of them with multiple hits in the game.
Although plenty of Huskers had success, Zac Repinski led the way, going 3-6 with a double and two RBIs. Ben Klenke went 2-4 with two doubles and 5 RBIs, while Brison Cronenbold highlighted the game with a three-run home run to left field.
Nate Fisher was solid for Nebraska on the mound, pitching five innings and only giving up one run off eight hits. Cal Poly was able to hit off Fisher in each inning but the left-hander was able to scatter the hits to limit the damage and earn himself the win.
The Huskers dominated throughout the entire game and were able to take the lead in the series with the 22-3 victory.
Nebraska picked up right where they left off in the second game of the doubleheader. After back-to-back walks to start the game for Nebraska, Scott Schreiber was able to load the bases with a single to left field. Jesse Wilkening followed Schreiber up with a sacrifice fly, scoring Hagge and giving Nebraska the early lead. After the third walk of the inning to Angelo Altavilla, Luke Roskam hit an opposite-field shot into left for a 2-RBI double to keep Nebraska’s momentum going. Jaxon Hallmark was able to tack on one more for Nebraska in the first inning, hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to score Altavilla from third and give Nebraska an early 4-0 lead.
The Huskers wasted no time in the bottom half of the second inning, keeping the pressure on the Mustangs. In his first start at third base, Zac Luckey hit a leadoff single followed by a walk to Zac Repinski to set things up for Scott Schreiber. The senior, who is often the catalyst for Nebraska’s success, blasted a home run to center to clear the bases and extend Nebraska’s lead to 7-0.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Altavilla was able to give Nebraska another run while the Big Red ran away with the game in their hands. Wilkening led the fifth off with a single, advancing to second on a wild pitch. With no outs, Altavilla stepped up to the plate, delivering an RBI single to score Wilkening.
Cal Poly continued to struggle on the day, unable to get anything going until the sixth inning. In the sixth, Matt Warren gave up a leadoff walk to Nick DiCarlo, which was followed by a two-run home run from Alex McKenna. Warren was able to force two outs in the inning before giving up another walk, prompting a pitching change from Ted Silva. Mike Waldron came in to relieve Warren, forcing a groundout to end the inning.
“Warren was decently sharp early on,” Head Coach Darin Erstad said after the second game. “His velocity’s really dropping in the fourth and fifth innings. I know he hasn’t pitched for a couple years so we’re going to need to build him up and get him stronger because we are going to need him to go deeper into games.”
Warren was consistent throughout his outing on the mound, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up two runs off three hits, while striking out three and giving up two walks. The Omaha native forced three consecutive 1-2-3 innings before the fatigue caught up to him, resulting in a tough sixth inning.
After tacking on an additional run in the bottom of the sixth, Nebraska still wasn’t done. Following a one-out double from Repinski, Schreiber and Wilkening worked walks to load the bases. Altavilla, Roskam, and Hallmark hit three singles in a row, scoring four more runs for Nebraska to give them a 13-2 lead.
Waldron, Byron Hood, and Zack Engelken combined for 3.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen, giving up 0 runs off one hit and shutting down any hopes for a comeback from the Mustangs.
“You very rarely see a doubleheader where one team keeps that much pressure on for two games,” Erstad said. “That was one of the better doubleheader days I’ve ever been a part of at any level.”
Nebraska ended the day scoring 35 runs off 30 hits while forcing 19 total walks across the two games.
Game Two MVP – Scott Schreiber – The senior came to life in the second game of the doubleheader, going 2-4 at the plate with a walk. Schreiber showed off his raw power with a three-run home run to dead-away center, leading to his 3 RBIs, while he also scored three runs on the day.
Husker Doubleheader MVP – Zac Repinski – Repinski went 4-8 through the two Saturday games, hitting three RBIs and scoring six runs. Repinski was a constant threat towards the top of the lineup, always delivering productive at-bats.
With the two wins today, Nebraska (9-6) came away with a 3-1 series win over Cal Poly (6-10). The Huskers have a quick turnaround, returning to action Tuesday, March 13th to take on Northern Colorado in a two-game midweek series. First pitch for the game on Tuesday is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. (CT).
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