Relying on youngsters

Nebraska will turn to a freshman pitcher tomorrow against Michigan State.

Lincoln, NE - As Nebraska gets ready to take on Michigan State in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament tomorrow, the Huskers hope a pair of true freshman continue to play like veterans.

On Tuesday, infielder Pat Kelly and pitcher Kyle Kubat were named all third-team conference selections by the Big Ten. Kubat will start for the Huskers against the Spartans after the Wahoo native went 3-0 in three starts in Big Ten play.

Kubat went 4-0 in Big Ten play
(Big Red Report)

"Kyle is going to go out and do his thing and we are going to put up runs for him," Kelly told 93.7 The Ticket on Tuesday afternoon. "We have to take one game at a time, but the goal is to get to a regional and settle for nothing less."

Nebraska is the No. 4 seed after finishing 14-10 in conference play and 34-21 overall. The Huskers are 5-2 in their last seven contents.

"We are thinking of it just as another game," said Kelly. "We have to stick with the same approach we have been staying with the whole year."

Kelly's year will go down as one of the top freshman seasons of all-time. The Red Wing, Minn., native batted .310 with three doubles, one triples, five home runs and 19 RBI's, batting eight home runs total on the year.

Kubat finished the year 5-0 overall, with a 1.57 ERA in league play. Last time out, he went 6.0 innings giving up just two runs over six hits while striking out six Michigan batters.

Other Notes:

In all a total of nine Huskers were selected for Big Ten honors on Tuesday.

Shortstop Chad Christensen, outfielder Rich Sanguinetti and designated hitter Michael Pritchard, all earned first-team honors.

Junior third baseman Josh Scheffert was the Huskers' lone second-team pick, while first baseman Richard Stock, second baseman Pat Kelly and starting pitcher Kyle Kubat were all third-team selections. Kelly and Kubat were also named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team, along with outfielder Austin Darby.

Information from the Nebraska's Press Release was used in this report

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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