Texas gets even in game 2 with Nebraska

Following 16 grueling innings, Nebraska tried to continue the run on Texas, attempting to follow up that close victory yesterday. They couldn't as Texas pitched well, hit better and Nebraska couldn't take advantage of opportunities.

Lincoln –Top-ranked Texas used a five-run sixth inning to break open a one-run game, as the Longhorns evened the series with an 11-4 victory in front of 8,163 at Hawks Field Saturday afternoon.

Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with a pair of walk s and an RBI while Joe Simokaitis went 2-for-4 with an RBI, as the duo combined for half of the Huskers' eight hits in the losing effort. Freshman Bryce Nimmo also scored three times in the loss.

Nebraska (27-5, 6-2 Big 12) trailed 3-1 in the fifth before Andy Gerch pulled the Huskers within 3-2 with a bases-loaded RBI single to left. Unfortunately, that would be as close as NU got, as Texas scored five runs off reliever Johnny Dorn. A solo homer by David Maroul pushed the lead to 4-2 before run-scoring hits by Drew Stubbs, Seth Johnston and Taylor Teagarden and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Calvin Beamon pushed the margin to 8-2, giving the Longhorns all the breathing room they needed.

Johnston had four hits, including a homer, and four RBIs, while Teagarden had three hits and an RBI for Texas, which evened the series after Nebraska's 4-3 win in 16 innings on Friday.

Adrian Alaniz (2-0) earned the victory, fanning a career-best nine Huskers over 6.1 innings. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits, while Buck Cody pitched the final 2.2 innings of shutout relief for the save. With the win, Texas improved to 28-6 overall and evened its Big 12 mark at 5-5.

Zach Kroenke suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits over the first four innings, as he dropped to 4-1 on the year. It also marked the first time a Husker starting pitcher had dropped a decision in 2005.

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson said that the Longhorns were the better team on Saturday, but the Huskers have a great opportunity to take the series with a win in Sunday's finale, which is schedule for 1:30 p.m.

"Today was the first time that we just flat out got beat," Anderson said. "They beat us in all facets of the game, so you have to give them a lot of credit. It was our first loss like that this season, and in the game of baseball, these types of things just happen, but I think that we will respond well tomorrow."

Texas took a 2- 0 lead off the Husker left-hander, scoring an unearned run in the second on a pair of Husker miscues and a solo homer by Johnston to lead off the third.  The Huskers closed to within 2-1 in the bottom of the third, as Bryce Nimmo drew a two-out walk and scored on Simokaitis' double to right center.

Texas regained the two-run lead in the fourth, as a walk to Maroul and a single by Nick Peoples put runners on first and second with one out. Robby Hudson, who went 3-for-4, then singled to center to put UT up 3-1.

Trailing 8-2, the Huskers rallied on Alaniz in the seventh, as an error and a single put runners on first and second before Gordon's RBI single trimmed the lead to five runs. Andy Gerch drew a walk to load the bases before pinch hitter Rryan Wehrle's sacrifice fly to center off Buck Cody pulled NU within 8-4.

Will Crouch capped the Longhorn scoring with a three-run, pinch-hit homer off Jeremy Becker in the eighth.

The Huskers and Longhorns will conclude the series Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., as Brian Duensing (5-0, 1.72 ERA) takes on Randy Boone (4-2, 2.62 ERA).


--Huskers—




                            #1 Texas at #4 Nebraska
                  Apr 09, 2005 at Lincoln, Neb. (Hawks Field)

Texas 11 (28-6,5-5 Big 12)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
Stubbs, Drew cf..........  5  1  1  1   0  2  4  0   1
Johnston, Seth ss........  4  3  4  2   1  0  2  3   0
Teagarden, Taylor c......  4  1  3  1   1  0  9  1   0
Kainer, Carson dh........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Beamon, Calvin ph.......  1  0  0  1   0  0  0  0   0
 Crouch, Will ph.........  1  1  1  3   0  0  0  0   0
Wheeless, Chance 1b......  5  0  0  0   0  1  6  0   2
Incaviglia, Thomas lf....  5  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   3
Maroul, David 3b.........  4  2  1  1   1  2  0  0   0
Peoples, Nick rf.........  5  2  3  0   0  1  1  0   0
Hudson, Robby 2b.........  4  1  3  1   0  0  3  5   0
Alaniz, Adrian p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Cody, Buck p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 39 11 17 10   3  6 27  9   6

Nebraska 4 (27-5,6-2 Big 12)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
Nimmo, Bryce cf..........  4  3  1  0   1  0  5  1   0
Simokaitis, Joe ss.......  4  1  2  1   1  1  2  3   0
Gordon, Alex 3b..........  3  0  2  1   2  0  3  0   0
Fusilier, Brandon lf.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
 Gerch, Andy lf..........  2  0  1  1   1  0  0  0   2
Buckman, Brandon dh......  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   3
 Wehrle, Ryan ph.........  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0   0
Ledbetter, Curtis 1b.....  4  0  0  0   0  2  8  0   2
Bruce, Daniel rf.........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  1   0
Christy, Jeff c..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  6  2   0
Opitz, Jake 2b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  4   0
Kroenke, Zach p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Dorn, Johnny p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Wertz, Luke p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Becker, Jeremy p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  4  8  4   5  9 27 11   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Texas............... 011 105 030 - 11 17  2
Nebraska............ 001 010 200 -  4  8  2

E - Johnston(8); Teagarden(2); Fusilier, B.(3); Ledbetter, C(5). DP -
Longhorns 1; Huskers 2. LOB - Longhorns 6; Huskers 8. 2B - Teagarden(15);
Simokaitis(5). HR - Johnston(3); Crouch, W.(3); Maroul(2). HBP - Kainer, C..
SF - Beamon(3); Wehrle, R.(1). SB - Peoples, N.(4); Nimmo, B.(4). CS -
Johnston(7); Nimmo, B.(1).

Texas                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
Alaniz, Adrian......  6.1  7  4  2  5  9 26 31 134
Cody, Buck..........  2.2  1  0  0  0  0  7  8  21

Nebraska               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
Kroenke, Zach.......  4.0  7  3  2  1  4 17 19  64
Dorn, Johnny........  2.0  8  5  5  0  0 12 13  41
Wertz, Luke.........  1.2  1  2  2  2  1  5  7  30
Becker, Jeremy......  1.1  1  1  1  0  1  5  5  19

Win - Alaniz (2-0).  Loss - Kroenke, Z. (4-1).  Save - Cody (1).
HBP - by Kroenke, Z. (Kainer, C.). BK - Alaniz(1). PB - Christy, J.(7).
Inherited runners/scored: Cody 3/1; Becker, J. 2/2. Pitches/strikes: Alaniz
134/76; Cody 21/16; Kroenke, Z. 64/38; Dorn, J. 41/27; Wertz, L. 30/17; Becker,
J. 19/12.
Umpires - HP: Jeff Henrichs  1B: Ken McQueen  3B: Randy Wetzel
Start: 1:06p.m.   Time: 2:59   Attendance: 8163



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