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Lincoln – The Nebraska baseball team (18-6, 3-0 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to 11 games on Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans (11-12, 0-0 Big West). It was the Huskers first-ever win over the perennial power Titans, who had won the first eight meetings between the two teams. The Huskers are now 11-0 this season at Hawks Field, the best start at home since 2008 when the Huskers also started 11-0.
Freshman Garett King improved to 2-0 on the year, as the Anaheim Hills, Calif., native struck out a career-high five batters and didn’t issue a walk over a career-high 5.1 innings. The Titans had a runner on in each of the first four innings, including their leadoff batter three times, but only managed one run off King.
CSF freshman Connor Seabold also struck out five over 5.1 innings, but allowed three runs on seven hits in the loss and fell to 2-2 on the year.
Ben Miller led the NU offense on the night with a 3-for-4 performance, including his second career two-double game. After notching NU’s first hit of the game with a single in the second inning, the sophomore from Clive, Iowa, delivered a double in the sixth and an RBI double in the seventh to put the Huskers ahead 7-2.
Tanner Lubach and Scott Schreiber each recorded two hits on the night, including Lubach’s fourth double of the year and Schreiber’s second triple. Schreiber’s triple in the second came with two outs and put the Huskers on top, 1-0.
Holding a 2-1 lead, the Husker offense gave its pitching staff a cushion in the sixth, thanks to a two-out Titan error. Following a RBI groundout by Austin Darby that put the Huskers ahead 3-1, the Titans were on pace to get out of the inning when Schreiber hit a routine groundball to shortstop Timmy Richards, but Richards threw wide of first base and Miller scored. Freshman pinch-hitter Luis Alvarado stepped in and worked a full count before dropping a RBI double down the right-field line that gave the Huskers a 5-1 lead.
The Titans got a run back in the top of the seventh, but the Huskers responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Colton Howell came in the pitched two innings of scoreless relief to finish off the Huskers’ 11th-straight victory.
The Huskers and Titans wrap up their two game series tomorrow at Hawks Field, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m.
*** Posted by Josh Harvey ***