From Nebraska media relations department
Lincoln – The Nebraska baseball team (15-6, 1-0 Big Ten) opened Big Ten Conference play on Friday night at Hawks Field with a 14-3 win over the Michigan Wolverines (11-9, 0-1 Big Ten). The Huskers’ season-high 14 runs came on 13 hits and a season-high 13 walks, including 11 walks from NU’s first five batters.
Four Huskers produced a pair of his on the night, including Tanner Lubach, who reached base five times on two singles and three walks. Ryan Boldt also notched three walks and launched his first home run of the season in the third inning, a two-run opposite-field shot. Lubach and Boldt also each scored a team-high three runs.
The Huskers jumped on Michigan starter Brett Adcock in the first with five runs on four hits, as they sent 11 batters to the plate. Adcock retired Boldt to start the game, but then walked the bases loaded and Ben Miller drove in the game’s first run with a single. Adcock bounced back and got the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice, but with the bases still loaded the Huskers delivered three-straight two-out singles from Austin Darby, Jake Meyers and Steven Reveles that drove in four more runs. Adcock then walked Boldt, his fourth walk of the inning, before getting Jake Placzek to end the inning with a fly out.
The sophomore lefty lasted a season-low 1.2 inning in the start, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and five walks.
With a 5-0 lead after the first inning, senior Chance Sinclair cruised to his third win of the season. The right hander improved to 7-0 in Big Ten starts and is now 2-0 against the Wolverines. Sinclair went 6.0 innings for the Huskers on 84 pitches, allowing one run on eight hits and no walks, while striking out four.
After the Huskers took a 14-1 lead following a three-run sixth inning, lefty relievers Nate Fisher, Miller and Max Knutson each worked an inning down the stretch.
The Huskers and Wolverines continue their series tomorrow at 2:05 p.m., with NU’s Kyle Kubat facing UM’s Ryan Nutof.