Lincoln, NE - Welcome back Kash Kalkowski.
After missing several games with a groin injury, the junior Grand Island native returned to the lineup on Tuesday night to belt his first home run since the Huskers opening weekend. His four RBI effort propelled Nebraska to a 12-3 win over Northern Colorado at Haymarket Park.
"Feels excellent," said Kalkowski. "I was just trying to get hits today and not do anything special, just to really help the team out."
His home run was an estimated 415 feet shot – hit directly to dead center field.
"It's been tough to get him going, with his injury, the groin just has not been able to get healthy," said Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad. "We need to get his bat going. It was a good start today."
A total of six players had RBIs for Nebraska, including two by freshman Pat Kelly.
Freshman Kyle Kubat pitched three innings of one run ball in his third start of the season. Nebraska used a total of four pitchers, with no one going above 50 total pitches.
"It went exactly how we wanted it to go," said Erstad. "This time of the week, we have to get guys work. It's just the way it goes."
Nebraska recorded a total of 13 hits and continued their trend of big innings. The Huskers scored seven runs in the fourth.
"Everyone says hitting is contagious," said center fielder Rich Sanguinetti, who collected two hits and two runs. "That's what we believe in. One guy gets a hit and then the next guy gets a hit, and the next thin you know we have six or seven hits...it's what we have been doing all year. It's so easy to hit when the whole lineup is hitting."
* Attendance for today's game was 890. It was a misty night with a north wind of 15 miles an hour.
* Former Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson was in the stands to watch his son Taylor Anderson of Northern Colorado. Taylor was originally slated to head to Nebraska, before his dad was fired last year. The freshman was 1-for-2 with a pinch hit double.
Nebraska freshman Blake Headley went 1-for-2 in the game, pinch hitting for Kurt Farmer in sixth inning.