BSB:Watch NU-Rice on

Lincoln -- Husker baseball fans who want to see the Huskers in action before next Friday's home opener will have a special opportunity, as HuskersNside is providing a special free preview for Friday's contest against Rice from the Round Rock College Classic on will carry Friday's matchup between the Huskers, who are 7-0 on the season and enjoying their best start since 1992, and the seventh-ranked Owls live beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event, which is usually carried on HuskersNside's premium site, will be free for anyone who has high-speed Internet access.

The Huskers will throw right-hander Joba Chamberlain, who was named Collegiate Baseball's Co-National Player of the Week on Monday after his 15-strikeout performance against New Mexico. Nebraska won the first meeting between the program's 6-3 last Sunday, scoring five runs in the final inning, including a game-winning three-run homer by All-American Alex Gordon.

In addition to the special preview Friday afternoon, fans who sign up now can get a special yearly rate of $74.95, the lowest price ever offered for a HuskersNside subscription. The baseball package includes over 50 live baseball games during the 2005 season, extensive video highlights and features, coaches shows and much more in addition to expanded coverage of all 23 Husker sports.

All of the offerings are set up for broadband (Cable Internet, DSL or Satellite Internet) connections, providing video steams at anywhere from 300 to 750 kbps for subscribers.

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