The Huskers will travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on Northwestern (8-14, 1-2) in what will be their first Big Ten road series of the year. Nebraska (18-9, 2-1) has heated up their bats of late, scoring a combined 31 runs and hitting .348 in the final two games of the Illinois series. On the season the Huskers are scoring 8.4 runs per game which ranks them fourth in the nation.
Head Coach Darin Erstad will send the same three starters to the mound as he did in the Illinois series: Tom Lemke, Jon Keller and Zach Hirsch. Lemke (2-2, 4.05) had a rough outing last Friday night, giving up six runs (five earned) over five and a third innings in the opener. He'll face Francis Brooke (1-1) of Northwestern on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and sophomore Jon Keller (3-0, 3.72) will take the hill for the Huskers. He'll go up against Wildcat starter Brandon Magallones, a freshman who boasts a 4-0 record.
The series will wrap up with another 1:00 p.m. start time on Sunday afternoon. Nebraska will put Zach Hirsch up on the bump, who is coming off a career high seven innings pitched against Illinois on Sunday. Hirsch only gave up three hits in that game. He will be opposed by Zach Morton (0-5) of Northwestern.
NOTES: Northwestern plays at Rocky Miller Park, which has a capacity of 600. In the series against Illinois, Nebraska had over 15,000 fans at Hawks Field over the weekend, averaging more than 5,000 each of the three games. This will be the first home game of the season for the Wildcats.
- Josh Harvey -