Nebraska hosts KU in double-header

In a day where NU had a chance to bring the Big XII regular season title closer to reality, the first game was marred by struggles in pitching and KU's pitching doing anything but. The first game goes in the books, as might the Huskers' chance for a regular season crown.

The day off due to rain didn't seem to help Nebraska pitching, but it certainly helped KU's batting. As Jamie Rodrigue's struggles continued, Kansas jumped on Nebraska early putting up 6 on Jamie's efforts and continuing that trend against both Hale and Burch, who came in relief. NU pitching woes combined with a solid outing from Kansas pitcher, Dan Olson left NU trying in futility to catch up. Olson was one out away from finishing the game, but was pulled immediately after hitting his third batter of the day.

With each win so crucial in determining the Big XII regular season champ., this 14-3 loss comes as a huge blow to Nebraska hopes as it puts pressure on them to not only win the next leg of the double-header, but leaves them in a must-win position in all three games against Texas and that is in Austin.

Some of the highlights for Nebraska were Hopper and Leise, who's bats continue to be hot and Hopper has been consistently getting stronger since his early season struggles.

As Kansas piled up runs, Burch remained, Van Horn probably wanting to save his bullpen for the second game. This game marks the first of a double-header, but might also mark the last game you see Rodrigue as a starter during conference play. With his recent struggles, Van Horn might opt for Byers or even another player to fill his shoes when NU goes down to Austin to play Texas.

Going into game 2, Nebraska is now in a must-win situation, rather than using KU as an opportunity to better it's chances at a regular season title or at least, a share. With only five games left in conference play, game two and every game against Texas are priorities to even come close.


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