Huskers set for 4-game series with BYU

Nebraska struggled offensively last weekend against UNLV, but will look to get the bats going against BYU on Thursday.

After dropping their opening season series to UNLV over the weekend, the Nebraska baseball team will return to the diamond on Thursday for a four-game stand with BYU in Peoria, Arizona.

The Huskers opened their 2015 campaign with a win 2-0 win over the Rebels last Friday, only managed a combined three runs on Saturday and Sunday.

“I think defensively and on the mound, we need to stay right where we are at,” said Nebraska head baseball coach Darin Ertsad, when asked what he wants to see in week two. “I thought we did a very nice job. All I ask on that front is that we give ourselves a chance to win.

“Offensively, I think what you saw, I’m going to give a lot of credit to UNLV’s pitching staff. They commanded the inside part of the plate with their fastball – about as good as we have seen since UCLA was here three or four years ago.”

Big Ten teams sometimes struggle at the plate in the first month of the year, as they adjust from hitting inside to outside when they head south. On Tuesday, Erstad did not make any excuses and would not say the transition had any affect on his team.

“If that was the case, we wouldn’t have been able to go out and play good defense,” said the Nebraska coach. “Everyone wants to get out to a good start. I think we did get off to a good staff. But as the bats piled up, I saw some frustration and we just need to take a deep breath and get back to what we are doing. We will be just fine.”

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