In front of a record crowd at Haymarket park, Nebraska hosted Wichita State, one of the top teams in the country. Phil Shirek started off decent, but WSU got to him in the second and a wild-pitch in the middle of the third signaled his going to the dugout, Byers coming in relief.
This turned out to be a trend for Nebraska, Van Horn putting in five more pitchers against the Shockers who's hitting was keeping the bullpen off-balance all game long.
WSU, jumping on NU in the second, took a 1-0 lead off a Tanner Welch RBI single, but Nebraska answered quickly in the second putting up 2 runs off Brandon Eymann's 2-run shot out of the park.
The lead didn't last long however, Welch knocking in two more runs with a double to left-center followed by a Dustin Hawkins RBI double. Nebraska did answer this Shocker surge with 2 more runs, Grose with an RBI single and Anderson coming in on a Fielder's choice, WSU opting for the double play.
After that surge, it was all WSU, the Shockers scoring 5 more runs in the next three innings blowing the game wide-open, the Huskers never to recover, Nebraska losing to Wichita State, 9-4. WSU bats were there story here, Hawkins leading the team in hits, going 4 for 5 and Logan Sorenson led the team in RBIs, knocking in 4.
Leading the Huskers in hits was Jeff Blevins, going 3 out of 5, while Brandon Eymann led all Huskers in RBI's, knocking in two, both off of the homer early in the game.
The Huskers now sit at 30-16 overall and are now 4 games back of Texas in conference play. Nebraska heads down to Austin having to sweep the Horns if they want a chance at the regular season crown. The last hope for NU fans is that Texas will drop at least a game to the Aggies when Texas plays them at the end of their conference schedule.
Rumors still abound about Shane Komine's return, but radio reports had Shane at about 75% warming up a couple of days ago, so it's likely, you wont see Komine until the Cal-Poly series back at Haymarket Park.