Dorn's Complete-Game Gem Tops Texas Tech, 2-1

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Freshman Johnny Dorn shut down Texas Tech Friday night, as the fourth-ranked Huskers picked up the 2-1 victory in front of a session attendance of 5,909 at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark.

Dorn (10-1) scattered five hits in earning his freshman-record 10th victory for the Huskers. He struck out four and walked only one in his first career complete game. Dorn, whose previous high was eight innings against both Texas Tech and Creighton, needed only 103 pitches to earn his 10th win, equaling the most by any first-year Husker pitcher.

Nebraska, which improved to 48-13, will play Missouri Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the Huskers needing to down the Tigers twice to advance to Sunday's title game. The 48 wins ranks fifth on NU's single season list.

Dorn and Texas Tech starter Tanner McElroy locked up in a classic duel that remained scoreless until the sixth. With one out, Joe Simokaitis, who had two of the Huskers' six hits, roped a single to right. One batter later, Big 12 Player-of-the-Year Alex Gordon ripped Texas Tech starter Tanner McElroy's 2-1 delivery to right center field for an RBI triple, his third of the season. Curtis Ledbetter then laid down a safety squeeze, plating Gordon to give the Huskers a 2-0 lead.

Dorn, who has won his last 10 decisions, retired the first 10 Texas Tech batters he faced in order before Chris Williams delivered a one-out single in the fourth. The next batter, Carey Avants, crushed a ball to right center field but was robbed of a hit on an acrobatic catch by center fielder Bryce Nimmo. The catch effectively ended the Red Raider threat in the inning.

The Red Raiders again threatened in the bottom half of the sixth, as Cameron Blair and Williams, who had two of Texas Tech's five hits, delivered back-to-back two-out singles. After a visit from pitching coach Rob Childress, Dorn ended the threat by striking out Carey Avents, whose game-winning hit on Wednesday sent NU into the loser's bracket.

Nebraska looked to make some noise in the seventh, as Ryan Wehrle led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Trey Adams. After consecutive two-out walks by Jeff Christy and pinch hitter Jake Opitz, the Huskers could not punch the run across, as Simokaitis grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

Texas Tech scratched its lone run across in the bottom half of the inning, as Brian Capps hit a one-hit double down the third base line, and scored on Cody Fuller's RBI single to right field to narrow the margin to 2-1. The run snapped Dorn's streak of 14.2 consecutive shutout innings.

McElroy (2-4) took the complete game loss for the Red Raiders, surrendering six hits and two earned runs. The loss eliminated eighth-seeded Texas Tech (34-25) from the tournament, and avenged the top-seeded Huskers first-round loss to the Red Raiders Wednesday.

The Huskers will now face Missouri on Saturday in a game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The game will start 40 minutes after the conclusion of the Texas-Baylor game at 10 a.m. A Nebraska win means the Huskers will face the Tigers again in a game starting at 7 p.m. or 40 minutes after the conclusion of Texas-Baylor game two, should the Longhorns win the first game.

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BOX SCORE

QUOTES

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson
On game
"Pitching and defense was outstanding tonight. Johnny [Dorn] was exceptional. A couple of times we considered getting left on left match-ups and we chose to stay with him. His pitch count was down. It enabled him to stay in the game and we had confidence in him. That is saying a lot when you are a freshman. We had confidence in him late in the game. I am real proud of our defense tonight. We put ourselves in some real good situations. Our outfield played exceptionally well. The infield played exceptionally well."

Nebraska Pitcher Johnny Dorn
On his performance
"Coach told me to go out there and eat up some innings and try to help the bullpen out. I just tried to go out there and keep our team in the ballgame."

On the play of the defense
"I thought a lot of those balls were going to fall. Our outfield and our infielders were as tremendous as they have been all year."

Nebraska Third baseman Alex Gordon
On breaking through against Tech pitching
"They have pitched to me great in all the games that we have played them. They have been working me inside a lot. Tonight I got a pitch outside that I could extend my hands on and find a gap with it. Joe (Simokaitis) did a great job by scoring on it."

Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays
On the game
"First of all, I want to congratulate Nebraska on a good game. I liked the way we played, I liked the way we pitched and I like the way we competed. Baseball is a tough game. We did not make a couple of plays, but I really liked the way we competed tonight."

Texas Tech Pitcher Tanner McElroy
On the game
"I was just trying to throw strikes. We played well and went out and played our best."


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