While there is actually more that goes into the Huskers making the Big 12 tourney, without a series sweep of the Tigers, there will be no postseason for the third straight year.
First up on the mound, freshman Logan Ehlers. The highly touted 8th round draft pick out of high school has had an interesting first year in Lincoln. After being suspended by the NCAA for the first 60% of the season, Ehlers is 1-3 with an era over 4.25.
After quickly finding himself in the starting weekend rotation, the Nebraska City High product is 0-2 in his last three starts. At Texas A&M last weekend, he allowed two runs over 5.2 innings to the No. 11 team in the country.
"There is a maturing process that takes place physically and a maturing process that takes place mentally. I think there has been leaps and bounds in terms of what he is doing mentally," said Mike Anderson on Sports Nightly Tuesday night. "He's a young man that has a bright future and working hard towards it. What he has to learn is his physical skills are very good, now he has to adapt mentally."
Ehlers will try to shut down a Missouri team that has won four straight conference series, including an upset against Texas A&M.
Picked last by the Big 12 coaches heading into the year, the Tigers (23-28, 10-13) are currently sitting in the 7th spot, with just as much to play for this weekend. Not only would a series sweep by Nebraska give the two identical records, but Missouri is trying to hold off Kansas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech who sit behind them.
History will be on the Huskers' side. Nebraska has ended the regular season at home the past two years and swept both Baylor and Texas Tech in those season-ending meetings.