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Huskers stop four game skid in 11-9 win

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Nebraska baseball traveled down to the Little Apple to take on Kansas State for today’s midweek matchup. The Huskers were looking to down its former Big 12 foe to stem its four-game losing streak.

Kansas State jumped on Nebraska’s starter Nate Fisher (1-4) early, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. After back-to-back singles to open up the game, the Wildcat’s Cameron Thompson singled to left to bring in the first run of the game. Following Thompson, Drew Mount grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home the second run of the inning.

The Huskers answered in the second with two runs of its own. After Zac Repinski reached on error and Jaxon Hallmark worked a walk, both runners advanced into scoring position after a wild pitch. Kennet Sorenson grounded out to score Repinski, and Carter Cross hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Hallmark for the tying run.

Kansas State tacked on another run in the bottom of the second. Following a one-out double and single for the Wildcats to put runners on the corners, Dylan Watts grounded out back to Fisher on the mound, scoring one and giving back the lead to Kansas State.

Unwilling to settle down, Nebraska’s bats tacked on three more runs in the third to retake the lead. Mojo Hagge led off the inning with a home run off the scoreboard in right field for his first home run on the year. Scott Schreiber followed Hagge with a single and stolen base to get into scoring position. Jesse Wilkening kept the momentum at the plate rolling, doubling down the right-field line to score Schreiber. Luke Roskam singled to right-center to bring home Wilkening, extending the lead to 5-3.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, Kansas State scored a run in the third and fourth inning to tie the match back up at five. In the fourth inning, after a hit by pitch and back-to-back hits to tie the game at five, Andrew Abrahamowicz came in to relieve Fisher on the mound. Abrahamowicz forced a line-out to leave two runners stranded for the Wildcats.

Fisher finished the day with five runs given up off of eight hits and two walks over 3.2 innings pitched.

Nebraska jumped ahead again in the fifth thanks to another home run. After Wilkening was hit by a pitch to open the inning, Luke Roskam put one over the fence in right, giving Nebraska a 7-5 lead.

The Wildcats tacked on one run in the sixth as they clawed back into the game. Thompson led the inning off with a single, stealing second to get into scoring position. Trent McMaster brought Thompson home off a two-out single, narrowing Nebraska’s lead to one.

Kansas State would eventually take the lead again in the bottom of the seventh inning. Byron Hood, who came into the game in the seventh, gave up a one-out double before intentionally walking the following batter to set up a double play. Following the walk, Hood attempted to pick the runner off at second, but no one was covering the bag for Nebraska. The throw wound up in center field, allowing both runners to advance into scoring position. After another walk, Thompson flew out to a diving Hagge against the wall in left, scoring two for the Wildcats. After another intentional walk, Ethan Frazier came out of the bullpen to relieve Hood. Against the first batter he faced, Frazier gave up a ground-rule double to plate the third Wildcat run of the inning, giving Kansas State a 9-7 lead.

Nebraska battled back in the top of the eighth, scoring four to retake the lead once again. Following a walk and hit by pitch, Zac Luckey laid a bunt down the third base line, but no one picked it up for Kansas State to load the bases for the Big Red. Following the bunt, Hagge grounded out into a double play, scoring Nolan Hakel from third. After Schreiber was granted first on a hit by pitch, Wilkening hit Nebraska’s third home run of the game to give the Huskers an 11-9 lead.

Jake Hohensee entered the game in the eighth, earning a two-inning save. Hohensee retired all six batters he faced to secure Nebraska’s 11-9 victory.

Husker MVP – Jesse Wilkening – The junior catcher went 2-3 on the day, including a walk. Wilkening brought in four runs off of his double and go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. The Indiana native also came around to score three times. This performance will hopefully get Wilkening back on track, who struggled over the past two series, hitting 3-19 at the plate.

Nebraska returns back to action this Friday to take on Iowa. The matchup at Hawks Field will end a nearly three-week road trip for the Big Red. Luis Alvarado is expected to get the start Friday, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. (CT). You can listen to the game through the Huskers Sports Network, or watch the game on BTN+ ($).

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