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Senior left-handed pitcher Nate Fisher earned Big Ten Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades on Monday after his performance against No. 21 Baylor on Saturday. Fisher, making his fourth start of the season, threw a career-high 8.0 no-hit innings against the Bears. He recorded six strikeouts and only one walk to help NU knock off Baylor, 2-0. Fisher was perfect through 5.1 innings before allowing his lone walk of the game. Baylor didn’t record its first hit of the game until two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning after Fisher was taken out. It marked Nebraska’s first combined one-hit game since March 6, 2013 when six pitchers contributed to the one-hit effort against Northern Colorado. During Saturday’s outing, Fisher surpassed 100.0 career innings pitched at Nebraska. He shares this week’s award with Indiana’s Pauly Milto.





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Wichita State, Kan. - The Nebraska softball team (10-9) led through six and a half innings, but Wichita State (17-5) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 7-5 victory in game two of Sunday's doubleheader. With the win, the Shockers completed the weekend sweep.

The Huskers out-hit the Shockers 7-5. Tristen Edwards led NU going 2-for-3 with one run, two RBIs and a home run. Lindsey Walljasper also had a home run for Nebraska. Rylie Unzicker, Alyiva Simmons, Samantha Owen and Lexey Kneib also had hits.

Regan Mergele started in the circle for the Huskers, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up three runs - two unearned - on three hits. She also had one strikeout. Lindsey Walljasper dropped to 4-4 on the season. She pitched 2.0 innings of relief and gave up four runs. She also had one strikeout.

Hailey Martinez improved to 2-0 for Wichita State, pitching 2.2 innings. She gave up one run on three hits. Erin McDonald got her third save of the season. She started the game, but left when WSU was behind. She came back in for the seventh inning, pitching a total of 3.0 innings and giving up three runs on four hits. She also had two strikeouts.

For the third straight game, Nebraska scored in the first inning. Simmons hit a one-out triple and Owen singled to score her.

In the second, Kneib hit a two-out triple to put a runner in scoring position, but she was stranded there WSU got a strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, the Shockers tied it up. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases and another walk scored one run.

Nebraska took back the lead in the third, scoring two runs. Simmons drew a leadoff walk and Edwards sent the first pitch of her at bat deep over the center field fence to put the Huskers up 3-1.

In the fourth, Cassidy drew a leadoff walk. Anni Raley pinch ran for her and reached second on a sac bunt by Payton Huscroft. She reached third on a wild pitch and Kneib drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Rylie Unzicker's successful squeeze bunt scored Raley to put the Huskers up 4-1. In the bottom of the inning, WSU scored two unearned runs to cut the lead to 4-3. A leadoff single put a runner on base. She reached second on an error. A walk put another runner on base. A fielder's choice loaded the bases, but an error on the play allowed all the runners to move up a base. The Shockers cut the lead to 4-2. A sacrifice fly scored another run for the Shockers.

Walljasper hit a solo homer in the sixth to extend the lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the inning, WSU loaded the bases with one out after a single and two walks. Walljasper got a big strikeout but a grand slam gave the Shockers a 7-5 lead.

Nebraska couldn't make up the difference in the seventh.

Nebraska concludes non-conference play next weekend when the Huskers travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rock Chalk Challenge on March 16-17. The Huskers will play Tulsa and host-school Kansas, twice for a total of four games.





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Waco, Texas – The Nebraska baseball team (6-7) led No. 21 Baylor 3-2 after three innings, but the Bears scored eight unanswered runs en route to a 10-3 win at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers won each of the first two games of the series before falling in Sunday’s finale.

Sophomore left-hander Connor Curry, making his first start since 2017, threw 3.0 innings and allowed two runs before leaving the game. Nebraska saw relief outings from Reece Eddins (1.1 innings), Shay Schanaman (0.2), Paul Tillotson (1.2) and Mike Waldron (1.1).

Mojo Hagge was the lone baserunner in a scoreless top of the first. He drew a two-out walk before a groundout ended the frame. The Bears went down in order in the bottom of the first.

Cam Chick drew a two-out walk in the top of the second, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice to the following hitter. In the bottom of the second, the first two Baylor batters produced outs before the Bears scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Josh Bissonette, Mack Mueller and Andy Thomas notched three hits in a row to put BU on the scoreboard.

In the top of the third, the Huskers responded with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Each of the first six hitters reached, as Jaxon Hallmark laced a leadoff single before four consecutive walks. Luke Roskam notched his 98th career hit with an RBI single. Baylor managed a leadoff double in the bottom of the third, but left the runner stranded in a scoreless inning for the Bears.

Colby Gomes reached on a leadoff walk to start the fourth, but was caught stealing. Spencer Schwellenbach hit a single, but was left on base in a scoreless frame. Baylor tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth off two hits and left one runner on base.

Aaron Palensky hit a one-out single in the fifth before Roskam was hit-by-pitch. The two baserunners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. The next two batters struck out to leave them stranded. Baylor retook the lead at 8-3 with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Each of the first six Bears batters reached base with five hits and one hit-by-pitch.

Nebraska couldn’t plate a run in the top of the sixth. Gomes was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot before back-to-back fielder’s choice plays. Schwellenbach reached second on a wild pitch, but a groundout ended the frame. Baylor tallied two base hits in the bottom of the sixth, but didn’t extend its lead.

All three Husker batters struck out in the top of the seventh. Baylor scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend its lead to 10-3. The Bears managed four hits during the inning.

Chick drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth, but was left stranded in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. Baylor tallied a hit in a scoreless bottom of the eighth before the Huskers went down in order in the top of the ninth.

The Huskers return to action for their first home series of the season when New Mexico State visits Hawks Field for a three-game set beginning on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT). Game 2 is set for Saturday at 2:05 p.m., before Sunday’s finale at 12:05 p.m.





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Lincoln - It was a memorable Senior Day for the Nebraska men's basketball team on Sunday, as the Huskers erased a 16-point second-half deficit and scored 16 points in the final 47 seconds of regulation to force overtime in an eventual 93-91 victory over Iowa in front of 15,821 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Seniors James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. combined for 15 points in the final minute of regulation, helping Nebraska erase a nine-point deficit. NU trailed 74-65 with 50 seconds remaining, but Palmer and Watson hit four 3-pointers over the next 38 seconds, with a Watson three bringing Nebraska to within 80-79 with 23 seconds left. After Iowa connected on 1-of-2 free throws, Palmer tied the game with a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining, and Nebraska withstood an Iowa 3-point attempt in the closing seconds.

Already missing starter Thomas Allen Jr., who sat out the game with an injury, Nebraska played the entire overtime period without two more starters – Isaiah Roby and Tanner Borchardt – who both fouled out as the Huskers made their comeback. But even without three starters, the Huskers operated efficiently on the offensive end, going 5-of-6 from the field in overtime. Nebraska grabbed its first lead since midway through the first half when Thorir Thorbjarnarson hit a layup 32 seconds into overtime. Iowa responded by scoring five of the next seven points to take a one-point lead. The Hawkeyes led by two following a Joe Wieskamp 3-pointer with 2:26 to play, but Nebraska would hold Iowa two just two points the rest of the way.

Palmer and Watson scored the next four points to give Nebraska a two-point advantage and after Iowa tied the game, it was freshman Amir Harris, who delivered the game-winner with a layup with 10 seconds remaining. Thorbjarnarson then blocked Ryan Bohannon’s potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

Nebraska ended the regular season with a 16-15 record after posting the largest comeback since rallying from a 19-point deficit against Iowa on Feb. 23, 2013. The Huskers finished with a 6-14 mark in conference play. Nebraska is the No. 13 seed for the Big Ten Tournament and will face 12th-seeded Rutgers on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Central). 

Palmer led Nebraska with a game-high 27 points, while Watson added 23 points in the final home game for the senior duo. Isaiah Roby gave Nebraska three players with 20 points for the first time since 2007, as he scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Luka Garza led Iowa with a career-high-tying 25 points and Jordan Bohannon added 20. The Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 21-10 record and a 10-10 mark in Big Ten play.





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced Thursday afternoon that sophomore Nana Akenten has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Akenten has appeared in 28 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

The Huskers return to action on Sunday when they host Iowa on Senior Day at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. (CT) on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.




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 Merle Wiehl connected for 28 points and the 21st-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team rolled to 95-43 win over Sheridan College in the quarterfinals of the Region IX tournament at Cougar Palace Thursday evening.

                WNCC, who moved to 27-3, will face Eastern Wyoming College in the semifinals Friday night at 7 p.m. The Lancers escaped with a thrilling 86-85 win over McCook Community College.

                The other semifinal will pit Northeastern Junior College and Casper College together at 5 p.m. NJC earned a 72-61 win over Laramie County Community College while Casper had no trouble in earning a 75-49 win over Otero Junior College.

                WNCC head coach Chad Gibney thought this win was one of the team’s most complete wins.

                “It certainly was a good one tonight. I thought we played a complete game,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the girls. They were really good tonight and hopefully we can continue that going forward.”

                WNCC led from start to finish in the contest and jumped on the Generals by making three straight 3-pointers, two from Taylor Joplin and one from Wiehl for an 11-0 lead. WNCC led 25-9 after one quarter.

                “I thought we jumped on them early,” Gibney said. “We did a great job of sharing the basketball. Everything looks better when the ball goes through the basket. Sixteen made threes is always a recipe for a win. But mix that with holding them to 26 percent shooting. We were really good in about every aspect.”

                WNCC led 48-22 at halftime and really never looked back. In fact, the Cougars’ defense played just as strong in the second half, holding the Generals to 21 points. WNCC scored 47 in the final 20 minutes.

                WNCC shot 48 percent from the field and buried 16 3-pointers. The Cougars hit 10 treys in the first half, half from Wiehl. WNCC also dished off 23 assists, led by seven from Tishara Morehouse and four each from R’Manie Pulling and Joplin.

                Sheridan shot just 26 percent from the field and made just 2 of 21 treys.

                WNCC had four in double figures. Wiehl led all scorers with 28 points with six 3-pointers on 10 of 13 shooting. Joplin and Morehouse each had 15 points. Both players also buried three treys. Allysah Boothe tallied 14 points with two treys.

                Eva Langton and Yuliyana Valcheva each had seven points. Valcheva led the team with nine boards, while Langton led with five steals.

                Sheridan was paced by Lani Taliauli with 15 points.

                WNCC will battle EWC for a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Gibney said it will be a good game.

                “They have really guard play and they play with a lot of confidence and they play free,” he said. “We will have to play a good game. At this time of the year you can’t afford to have an off night.

 

Sheridan              9 13 13 8 -- 43   

WNCC (27-3)      25 23 23 24 -- 95

SHERIDAN

Darcy Walker 2, Aloma Solvi 9, Noora Parttimaa 3, Tala Tuisavura 2, Cynthia Green 6, Kassie Hoyer 4, Misini Fifita 2, Lani Taliauli 15.

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 15, Merle Wiehl 28, Allysah Boothe 14, Anyssia Gibbs 5, R’Manie Pulling 4, Eva Langton 7, Yuliyana Valcheva 7, Taylor Joplin 15.




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   SHERIDAN, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team put four players in double figures in registering an 83-62 win over Eastern Wyoming College in the quarterfinals of the men’s Region IX Tournament in Sheridan, Wyoming, Thursday afternoon.

                The Cougars will face No. 6 Casper College in the semifinals on Friday. Casper earned an 84-61 win over Trinidad State Junior College.

                The other semifinal will pit North Platte Community College against Sheridan College. North Platte was an 91-78 winner over Central Wyoming College while Sheridan topped NJC 74-72.

                “I thought Eastern Wyoming, just like the last two times, did a good job of controlling tempo the majority of the first half,” WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said. “Eventually we came up with enough stops in a row and sped the pace of the game up and went on a big run before the first half was over.”

                Thursday’s win sends the Cougars into a match-up with Casper. Fehringer said they need to play tough against a top 10-ranked team. It will be the first meeting of the year between the two squads with the winner advancing to Saturday night’s championship.

                “We will go over and see what we can find about them,” Fehringer said. “But, for the most part we are on the road and we need to play good basketball with our teammates. That is what is most important.”

                WNCC’s game was close at the beginning with EWC holding five point leads for half of the first 20 minutes. WNCC finally took the lead and went in front 42-28 at intermission.

                The second half saw the Cougars play even with EWC to post the win. The second half, with WNCC leading by 15 and 18 points, they maintained the lead to the finish.

                “I thought the second half we played mostly comfortable,” Fehringer said. “We got complacent with passing and catching and scoring at times. But, again, Eastern Wyoming does a good job of frustrating opponents. I thought we kept our wits, our composure, and continued to put together a couple more runs.”

                WNCC shot 48 percent for the game and buried 14 3-pointers. The Lancers shot 35 percent and made 11 treys.

                WNCC had four players in double figures. Dru Kuxhausen finished with 19 points to lead the team. Kuxhausen tallied four treys and had eight rebounds.

                Martin Roub finished with 18 points, six rebounds, and four 3-pointers. Jervay Green had 14 points followed by TJ O’Connor with 13 points and three 3-pointers.

 

EWC                       28 34 – 62

WNCC                   42 41 – 83

EWC

Sam Tiley 9, David Rock 2, Brandon Meadows 11, Jonatan Arvidsson 18, Jaloni Garner 5, Jordan Potts 6, Jacob Pfaffinger 8, Jeremi Jiba 3.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 19, Bryce Sanchious 8, Henry Tanksley 3, Jervay Green 14, Martin Roub 18, TJ O’Connor 13, Ellie Cadet 8.





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Class B State Basketball Tournament 
First Round Action - Thursday, March 7th 

Pinnacle Bank Arena 
#8 Scottsbluff (14-10) vs #1 Pius X (24-2) - 8am MT 
Listen live on 106.9 FM Wild Country & online khyyfm.com 
Bearcat courtside starts at 7:45am with Matt Williams 

Scottsbluff leading scorers: 
#15 Connor McCracken (16.1ppg)  
#14 Harold Baez (8.2ppg)  
#25 Dawson Mohr (7.9ppg) 

Pius X leading scorers: 
#34 Charlie Easley (22.8ppg)  
#33 Kolbe Rada (13.9ppg)  
#32 Austin Jablonski (11.5ppg) 

Lincoln Northeast 
#7 Ponca (22-4) vs #2 Bridgeport (23-2) - 2:45pm MT 
Listen live on 93.9 FM KMOR & kmorfm.com 
Bulldog courtside starts at 2:30pm with Matt Williams 

Bridgeport leading scorers:
 #21 Drake DeMasters (14.4ppg) 
 #2 Kaleb Lussetto (12.9ppg) 
#24 Logan Nichols (10.1ppg) 

Ponca leading scorers: 
#40 Carter Kingsbury (18.5ppg) 
#14 Brandon Kneifl (9.8ppg)  
#12 Gage McGill (8.9ppg) 






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The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 spring match against Colorado State at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.

Approximately 1,300 tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and older. All tickets must be paid for in cash. There will be a limit of four tickets sold per person, and you must be 16 or older with an ID in order to purchase tickets.

Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m., and the match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs following the match.

The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017 and have also made recent visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.

Nebraska is coming off a 2018 season in which it reached the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. The Huskers were the NCAA Runner-Up after dropping a five-set match to Stanford in Minneapolis. NU returns five starters from that squad, including first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins.





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The Nebraska women's basketball team earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, March 6-10.

The Huskers, who won three of their final four regular-season conference games to finish the year with a 9-9 league mark, claimed the No. 6 seed officially after Minnesota defeated Michigan State 81-63 on Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska finished in a four-way tie for sixth in the final league standings, but held the collective tiebreakers over Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern. The Huskers went 3-1 against that group of teams with wins over ranked Minnesota and Michigan State squads while splitting two games with Northwestern.

Maryland (15-3) won the Big Ten regular-season title, while Iowa (14-4) finished second and Rutgers finished third (13-5). Michigan claimed the No. 4 seed at 11-7, while Ohio State took the No. 5 seed at 10-8. The Huskers defeated both Ohio State and Michigan during the regular season, but went 0-5 against the Big Ten's top three teams with two losses apiece to No. 8 Maryland and No. 12 Iowa.

The Huskers earned a first-round bye at the Big Ten Tournament and will open play on Thursday, March 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m central time. Nebraska will play the last of four games on Thursday and will face the winner of Wednesday's 3 p.m. (CT) game between No. 11 seed Purdue and No. 14 seed Illinois. Nebraska swept the season series with Purdue and defeated Illinois in Champaign.

Tournament action begins on Wednesday, March 6 with No. 12 Penn State taking on No. 13 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. (CT), followed by the game between the Boilermakers and Fighting Illini.

Thursday's second round tips with No. 8 Northwestern facing No. 9 Michigan State at 11 a.m. (CT), followed by No. 5 Ohio State facing the winner of the Penn State/Wisconsin. Thursday's evening session begins with No. 7 seed Minnesota battling No. 10 seed Indiana at 5:30 p.m.

All six first- and second-round games will be televised live by BTN. In fact, BTN will carry each of the first 12 games (first round through semifinals). All 12 games will also be available on BTN2Go and the FOX Sports app.

If the Huskers can advance, they would face No. 3 seed Rutgers in Friday's last quarterfinal game, which would tip at approximately 7:45 p.m. (CT) - or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the evening session's first game.

The Big Ten semifinals are set for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, before the championship game tips on Sunday at 5 p.m. (CT). The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and available on the ESPN app.





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