Erstad says Huskers talent is there

Nebraska head baseball coach Darin Erstad talked with AM 590 on Wednesday to discus his team's 4-10 record down the stretch.

After a mid-week win over Kansas State on April 21, the Nebraska baseball team was 30-13 and had some momentum.

From that moment on, they finished just 4-10 down the stretch and were left at home when the NCAA baseball tournament rolled around.

Appearing on AM 590 ESPN radio on Wednesday, head coach Darin Erstad talked about the disappointing stretch of games.

“We just didn’t play our best at the right time and we played some pretty good teams,” said Erstad on AM 590. “We have to get better, plain and simple.”

The 2015 season was Eratad’s fourth on the job. With a combined record 139-97, the former MLB All-Star has lead Nebraska to just one NCAA regional.

With so much attention put on the College World Series in the state of Nebraska, Erstad was asked how far he thinks Nebraska is from competing at that type of level.

“We have the pieces to compete. Do we have two first rounders every year coming in like some of those teams – probably not? It’s just the way it is,” said Erstad on AM 590. “If you watch any regional or any games in the super regional, they have the dudes on the mound. That’s where it has to start. We have some arms and that ability, but we just have to keep adding on.”

The head coach also defended the Huskers challenging non-conference portion of the schedule, saying when Nebraska faces stronger teams in the later months, his team is numb to it.

“It means nothing to them, that’s the whole point,” said Erstad, who noted the NCAA baseball selection committee’s emphasis on top 50 wins. “We are going to put ourselves in a position to have a high RPI, playing top 50 and top 25 teams with an opportunity to get some wins against them…If you don’t play those teams and get some wins, you don’t have a chance to get in.”

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