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Oklahoma City, Okla. – Leading 5-2 after eight innings, Nebraska (32-23) allowed four runs in the top of the ninth as No. 9 Oklahoma State escaped with a 6-5 win in NCAA Regional action at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday night. Trevor Boone hit the go-ahead three-run home run for the Cowboys.

Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his 14th start of the season, recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings and allowed two runs. It marked the first time a Husker pitcher had more than 10 strikeouts in a game since 2010 when Michael Mariot had 12 against Southeast Missouri State. Shay Schanaman and Colby Gomes each came on for relief appearances for the Big Red.

In the opening frame, Oklahoma State left the bases loaded without scoring. The first two batters each singled before a one-out error loaded the bases. Waldron got out of the jam with a strikeout and flyout. Nebraska plated three runs in the bottom of the first, as each of the first five batters reached base. Jaxon Hallmark and Cam Chick delivered back-to-back base hits before Aaron Palensky crushed a home run to left field. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on Angelo Altavilla’s single. They made it to second and third on a double steal, but three consecutive outs left them stranded.

The Cowboys managed two baserunners in the top of the second, but left both on base in a scoreless frame. Hallmark hit a one-out single before Chick walked in the bottom of the second, but both runners were left stranded as the score remained 3-0.

Waldron struck out the side on 11 pitches in the top of the third. NU added two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead. Altavilla drew a leadoff walk before Gunner Hellstrom singled. They each advanced a base via wild pitch before Gomes drove them both in with a two-RBI single.

Waldron added two strikeouts in a scoreless top of the fourth, as the Cowboys managed one hit in the inning. OSU’s pitcher struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth.

The Huskers held the Cowboys scoreless in the top of the fifth despite a runner getting to third base. Altavilla made a catch in the stands on a foul-out for the second out before Acker’s diving catch to end the inning. NU went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Carson McCusker hit a solo home run for Oklahoma State’s first run of the game. It cut the Husker lead to 5-1. The Huskers were retired in order in the bottom of the sixth.

OSU went down in order in the top of the seventh, as Waldron picked up his 10th strikeout of the game. In the bottom of the seventh, NU went down 1-2-3 again.

Oklahoma State scored one run on three hits in the top of the eighth, but left two runners stranded. It cut the deficit to 5-2. In the bottom of the eighth, Hellstrom managed a single, but was left on base.

In the top of the ninth, the Cowboys scored four runs to take their first lead of the game. OSU put two runners on with one out before a flyout advanced the lead runner to third. An RBI single put one run on the board before Boone’s three-run shot to left field. The Huskers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers face UConn in an elimination game on Sunday at noon (CT). The winner advances to play No. 9 Oklahoma State on Sunday at 5 p.m.





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Oklahoma City, Okla. – The Nebraska baseball team (32-22) compiled 13 hits and used a four-run third inning to defeat UConn, 8-5, in the opening game of the NCAA Oklahoma City Regional at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Friday afternoon. It marked the first time since 2008 that Nebraska won its first game of the NCAA Tournament, and the first time since 2014 the Huskers won any NCAA Tournament game.

Senior left-handed pitcher Nate Fisher, making his 15th start of the season, went 4.2 innings and allowed five runs. Robbie Palkert earned the win by throwing 3.1 scoreless innings and recorded four strikeouts. Colby Gomes earned his team-high 13th save of the season, putting him in a tie for third on Nebraska’s single-season saves list with Jake Hohensee (2018), Chad Luensmann (2016) and Brett Jensen (2006).

In the top of the first, Cam Chick reached on a one-out error, but a strikeout and fielder’s choice ended the inning. In the bottom of the first, UConn plated two runs on three hits to take the early lead. Each of the first two batters singled before a bunt pop-up double play. Pat Winkel hit a two-run home run to put the Huskies on the board.

Angelo Altavilla smashed a leadoff home run in the top of the second for NU’s first run of the game. Each of the next three Husker batters produced outs. In the bottom of the second, Connecticut added two runs to take a 4-1 lead, using three hits in the frame.

Nebraska scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-4 lead. Each of the first six batters reached base, as Gomes, Jaxon Hallmark and Cam Chick each singled before Aaron Palensky walked to load the bases. Spencer Schwellenbach drove in one run with an RBI single before Altavilla did the same. A double play and strikeout left one runner on base. The Huskies managed two hits during the bottom of the third, but couldn’t score either runner.

In the top of the fourth, Mojo Hagge reached on a leadoff bunt single, but was left stranded after three consecutive strikeouts. UConn managed a pair of hits in the bottom of the fourth, but the score remained a 5-4 lead for the Big Red.

NU scored one run in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 6-4. Schwellenbach reached on a one-out walk before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Gunner Hellstrom drove him in with an RBI single. The Huskies scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 6-5. UConn compiled three hits during the frame.

The Huskers added a run in the top of the sixth to make it 7-5. Hagge drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before stealing third. Chick was hit-by-pitch to put runners on the corners before Palensky’s RBI single. Schwellenbach walked to load the bases but a strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, UConn managed a pair of two-out singles and the runners made it to second and third before a groundout left them stranded.

In the top of the seventh, Hellstrom singled, but was left on base after three straight strikeouts. Connecticut had two baserunners in the bottom of the seventh via base hits, but they were both left stranded in a scoreless inning for the Huskies.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the eighth. UConn left a runner stranded on third after he hit a one-out double in the bottom of the eighth.

NU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Schwellenbach laced a leadoff single before advancing to second on Hellstrom’s one-out single. Joe Acker smacked an RBI double to drive in one run before back-to-back outs ended the inning. UConn managed one hit in a scoreless bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers will play on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT) against No. 9 Oklahoma State.





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Husker fans interested in being at Memorial Stadium for Nebraska’s outstanding 2019 home schedule can purchase season tickets beginning on Monday, June 3 at 10 a.m. CT. A limited number of season tickets remain following this month’s Seat Yourself Process. The 2019 home schedule at Memorial Stadium is one of the best in recent years, featuring games against Big Ten Champion Ohio State, and West Division rivals Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets may do so at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. The remaining seats are located in various locations around Memorial Stadium and the majority of them are at lower donation levels, beginning at $150 per seat. Season tickets for the 2019 football season are $420 for a seven-game ticket package, or $60 per game. Season ticket holders receive the benefit of more than a 20 percent cost savings versus the price of single-game tickets. New season ticket buyers will pay for their tickets and donation at the time of purchase.





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The U.S. Women's National Team returns to Lincoln next week for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League where it will host No. 9 Korea on June 4, No. 13 Germany on June 5 and No. 4 Brazil on June 6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. All session tickets are available through TicketMaster by clicking here. Matches are available for viewing through FloVolleyball. Three former Huskers - Mikaela Foecke, Jordan Larson and Kelsey Robinson - will be on the 14-player roster next week. Foecke competed with Team USA in the opening week in Bulgaria, as they went 3-0. Larson and Robinson were part of the inaugural VNL championship squad last year. The U.S. is 5-1 after two weeks of competition. A unique ticket opportunity for the event includes a Team USA Meet-and-Greet for $250 (plus taxes and fees, no refunds) on June 2 from 3-4 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In addition to the meet-and-greet, the plan includes a chalk talk with head coach Karch Kiraly, a greeting from Jordan Larson, an autograph session with all the U.S. Women in Lincoln for the matches, a chance to watch the U.S. Women practice the afternoon of June 2 immediately after the meet-and-greet, a mini volleyball and an event program. The VNL, a 16-country league, is in its second season after replacing the FIVB World Grand Prix starting in 2018. The VNL, a joint venture between the FIVB and IMG, serves as the premier annual international women’s tournament. The VNL comprises 12 core teams and four challenger teams who will compete in a round-robin format. Each country will play 15 pool play matches with each core country hosting at least one round-robin pod. China, hosts of the VNL Final Six July 3-7, will face the top five teams after the preliminary round with the $1 million prize at stake.

FIVB Volleyball Nations League Schedule
Pinnacle Bank Arena
(All match times are Central Time)

Tuesday, June 4
Brazil vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.
USA vs. Korea, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5
Korea vs. Brazil, 4:30 p.m.
USA vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 6
Germany vs. Korea, 4:30 p.m.
USA vs. Brazil, 7:30 p.m.





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Kickoff times and television information for five 2019 Nebraska football games have been set, including four home games at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska’s season opener against South Alabama on Aug. 31 will kick off at 11 a.m., with television coverage provided by ESPN. A week later, Nebraska will travel to Boulder for a matchup against long-time Big Eight and Big 12 rival Colorado. The matchup with the Buffs from Folsom Field will be televised nationally on FOX with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. MT). Nebraska returns home on Sept. 14 to complete non-conference play against Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium with the game set for a 7 p.m. kickoff with television coverage on FS1. The Huskers also learned kickoff times for Big Ten Conference games against Northwestern (Oct. 5) and Iowa (Nov. 29). The Homecoming matchup against Northwestern will kick off at either 2:30 or 3 p.m., with the network determination to be made at a later date. Nebraska’s traditional Black Friday game against Iowa is set for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff with coverage on BTN. Game times and television information for Nebraska’s remaining seven games on the 2019 schedule will be made six-to-12 days in advance.

 

Nebraska 2019 Game Times/TV Information

 Aug. 31—South Alabama at Nebraska, ESPN, 11 a.m. CT
Sept. 7—Nebraska at Colorado, FOX, 2:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. MT)
Sept. 14—Northern Illinois at Nebraska, FS1, 7 p.m. CT
Oct. 5—Northwestern at Nebraska, TBA, 2:30/3 p.m. CT (Homecoming)
Nov. 29—Iowa at Nebraska, BTN, 1:30 p.m. CT

 





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby announced Wednesday afternoon that he has decided to remain in the 2019 NBA Draft. Roby finished his three-year Husker career with 786 points, 530 rebounds and 154 blocked shots, a total which is sixth in school history. He will look to become the first Husker basketball player drafted since Venson Hamilton in 1999. The 2019 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Roby, a 6-foot-8, 228-pounder, enjoyed a breakout 2018-19 campaign as Nebraska made its second straight postseason appearance. He established career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game. He made 35 starts last season and finished among the Big Ten leaders in blocked shots (third), steals (ninth) and rebounding (14th). Roby was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in the conference in both blocked shots and steals. Roby tallied three double-doubles – all in Big Ten action - and had a career high 28 points in Nebraska’s first-round NIT win over Butler. It was one of five 20-point games during Roby’s junior campaign. His 66 blocked shots in 2018-19 tied for ninth in school history, and he joined Venson Hamilton (1997-98 and 1998-99), as the only Huskers to put together consecutive seasons of at least 50 blocked shots and 50 assists. Roby moved into the starting lineup midway through the 2017-18 campaign, sparking the Huskers to a 10-2 Big Ten finish, as the Huskers set a school record with 13 conference wins. The Dixon, Ill., product averaged 8.7 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game while ranking fourth in the Big Ten in blocked shots at 2.0 per game. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range, including 52 percent in conference action. Roby had four double-doubles as a sophomore, including three in conference play.





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For the fourth time in six years, the Nebraska baseball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers (31-22) will travel to the Oklahoma City Regional this weekend, along with No. 9 national seed Oklahoma State, UConn and Harvard. NU will represent the No. 3 seed in the Regional. It marks Nebraska’s 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and the 13th appearance in the last 21 years. Under Head Coach Darin Erstad, the Huskers previously qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The Huskers open the tournament on Friday against UConn, starting at noon (CT) on ESPN3. Oklahoma State and Harvard face off Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN3.





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Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (31-22) fell to Ohio State, 3-1, in the Big Ten championship game in front 17,503 fans at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday afternoon. It marked the second-largest crowd in a college baseball game this season, behind only the 18,861 that attended Georgia-Georgia Tech on April 23 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Huskers take runner-up honors at the Big Ten Tournament for the third time in the last seven years. NU finished second in 2013 in Minneapolis and 2014 in Omaha, both times falling to Indiana.

Senior right-hander Matt Waldron, making his 13th start of the season, threw 3.0 innings and recorded three strikeouts, while allowing one run. Mike Waldron, Shay Schanaman and Colby Gomes came on for relief appearances. Schanaman threw a career-high 4.0 innings and notched three strikeouts.

In the opening frame, Aaron Palensky drew a two-out walk, but remained stranded in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. Ohio State scored one run to take the early 1-0 lead as three of the first four hitters reached base. Waldron recorded two strikeouts.

After back-to-back strikeouts in the top of the second, Alex Henwood drew a walk. He was thrown out at second after trying to advance on a wild pitch. The Buckeyes went down in order in the bottom of the second.

Mojo Hagge managed NU’s first hit of the game in the top of the third. Each of the Huskers’ other three batters during the inning produced outs. Ohio State had two baserunners in the bottom of the third, but left both on base.

In the top of the fourth, the Huskers went down 1-2-3. Ohio State scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back no-out singles got them started before a sacrifice fly brought in the run.

Joe Acker singled in the top of the fifth, but was left stranded as the other Husker batters had two groundouts and a strikeout. The Buckeyes managed one hit in the bottom of the fifth, but left the runner stranded on first base.

Nebraska scored its first run of the game in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 2-1. Cam Chick reached on a one-out error before a strikeout marked the second out. Each of the next three batters drew walks to bring in one run before a flyout to center field. In the bottom of the sixth, the Buckeyes went down in order with two pop-outs and a groundout.

Acker singled and Colby Gomes walked to put the first two runners on in the top of the seventh. A sacrifice bunt advanced them to second and third. They remained stranded following a strikeout and groundout. In the bottom of the seventh, Ohio State was retired in order.

Hellstrom hit a two-out single in the top of the eighth, but was left stranded. Ohio State added a run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 3-1 lead. Each of the first two Buckeye batters reached base before a sacrifice fly brought in the insurance run.

In the top of the ninth, the Huskers went down in order on three strikeouts.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is set for Monday at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU.





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Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (31-21) won the semifinal rematch against Michigan, 7-3, in front of 11,038 fans at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday night to earn a spot in the championship game. The Huskers will face the winner of Ohio State and Minnesota on Sunday for the Big Ten Tournament title.

Kyle Perry, making his seventh start of the season, went 3.1 innings and allowed one run. Robbie Palkert came on for a career-high 5.1 innings of relief and recorded five strikeouts en route to the win. Colby Gomes earned his team-high 12th save of the season by recording the final out.

In the opening frame, Cam Chick drew a one-out walk, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice before a strikeout ended the inning. Michigan managed one hit in a scoreless bottom of the first.

In the top of the second, Joe Acker hit a two-out single before being thrown out on an inning-ending fielder’s choice. Perry retired all three Wolverine batters in the bottom of the second.

Nebraska scored two runs in the top of the third to take the early lead. With two outs, Chick singled, Aaron Palensky walked and Angelo Altavilla reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Spencer Schwellenbach poked a two-run hit through the left side that drove in Chick and Palensky. In the bottom of the third, Michigan responded with one run on one hit.

Colby Gomes drew a walk in the top of the fourth, but each of the other three Husker batters during the inning produced outs. Michigan managed a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the fourth via walks, but left both runners stranded.

In the top of the fifth, Nebraska plated one run to take a 3-1 lead. Altavilla was hit-by-pitch with two outs and advanced to third when the catcher’s attempt to throw him out at second following a wild pitch was wide. Schwellenbach drove him in with an RBI single. Michigan scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. The Wolverines tallied three hits and left two runners on base during the frame.

The Huskers added two runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 5-3. Acker drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gomes drew a walk before Hallmark’s RBI double drove in Acker. Chick walked to load the bases before Palensky walked to bring in another run for the Big Red. A pair of flyouts ended the inning. Michigan had a baserunner via walk, but Palkert retired the other three hitters with two strikeouts and a groundout.

Nebraska left two runners stranded in a scoreless top of the seventh. Luke Roskam hit a leadoff single before Henwood reached on a one-out walk. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. The Wolverines were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, the Huskers scored two runs to build a 7-3 lead. Chick drew a leadoff walk and scored when Altavilla reached on an error. Schwellenbach singled to advance Altavilla to third. Roskam walked to load the bases before a flyout. Henwood walked to bring in another run for the Big Red before an inning-ending strikeout. In the bottom of the eighth, Palkert retired all three Wolverine batters with two strikeouts and a groundout.

In the top of the ninth, Nebraska managed two walks, but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Michigan loaded the bases, but left all three baserunners stranded.

The Huskers advance to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of Minnesota and Ohio State. The Golden Gophers and Buckeyes square off at 11 a.m. (CT). The championship game will begin approximately one hour following the conclusion of that game.





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Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (30-21) fell into an early 9-0 hole against Michigan, ultimately falling by an 18-8 margin to the Wolverines at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday morning. The two teams will meet later today for a spot in Sunday’s championship game.

Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Reece Eddins (1.0 inning), Ethan Frazier (4.1), Max Schreiber (0.0), Paul Tillotson (0.1) and Tyler Martin (3.1).

Michigan raced out to an early lead, scoring seven runs in the top of the opening frame. The Wolverines managed eight hits during the inning, while NU committed one error. In the bottom of the first, Jaxon Hallmark drew a leadoff walk, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice. A flyout then strikeout-wild pitch-throw-out at third base ended the frame.

Michigan added a run in the top of the second to extend its lead to 8-0. Angelo Altavilla was hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the second, but he was left stranded after three consecutive outs.

The Wolverines extended their lead to 9-0 with one run in the top of the third. Michigan tallied two hits, while NU committed two errors during the frame. Hallmark singled in the bottom of the third, but NU left him on base in a scoreless frame.

Michigan went down in order in the top of the fourth. Nebraska plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 9-2. Altavilla singled in the leadoff spot before Alex Henwood was hit-by-pitch. Gunner Hellstrom also singled to load the bases. Back-to-back groundouts brought in both runs for the Big Red.

The Wolverines managed one baserunner in the top of the fifth via walk, but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Palensky and Spencer Schwellenbach crushed back-to-back home runs to left field. Altavilla doubled and then advanced to third on a groundout before being left stranded after a strikeout.

Michigan responded with six runs in the top of the sixth to build a 15-4 advantage. The Wolverines notched four hits, including a home run, while Nebraska committed an error. The Huskers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Wolverine lead to 15-7. Ty Roseberry and Hallmark drew back-to-back walks before Chick’s RBI double. Keegan Watson walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Altavilla hit a two-run single before a strikeout ended the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Michigan scored one run to make the score 16-7. The Huskers went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.

The Wolverines went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Chick managed a base hit in the bottom of the eighth, but each of the other three Husker batters during the inning struck out.

Michigan added two runs in the top of the ninth to take an 18-7 lead. Nebraska scored one run in the bottom of the ninth. Altavilla was hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a groundout. He made it to third on an additional groundout before Chick’s RBI single brought him in.

The Huskers and Wolverines will meet later today for a spot in Sunday’s championship game. NU and Michigan are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. (CT) or approximately 60 minutes after the Minnesota-Ohio State game ends. The game between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers starts at 2:18 p.m.





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