Huskers roll Tide 5-1

Lincoln - Sophomore Johnny Dorn tossed a complete-game four-hitter allowing just one unearned run while striking out eight to lead the No. 6 Nebraska baseball team past No. 25 Alabama, 5-1, in front of 5,311 fans at Hawks Field in Lincoln on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 10-2 on the season while posting their fifth consecutive victory. The Huskers also extended their Hawks Field winning streak to 13 games dating back to last season.

Luke Gorsett continued to swing a hot bat for the Huskers, pounding his seventh home run of the season to open the scoring to give Nebraska a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

After Alabama (13-5) tied the score with an unearned run off Dorn in the fifth inning, sophomore center fielder Bryce Nimmo provided the game-winning RBI with his first home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning for the Huskers.

Following Nimmo's homer, sophomore Ryan Wehrle continued Nebraska's rally with a walk to bring up Gorsett. Josh Copeland came out of the Crimson Tide bullpen in relief of losing starter Bernard Robert (2-1) and made a good pitch to Gorsett who popped up a flare in the infield that fell safely to put runners at first and second with no one out.

Cleanup hitter Brandon Buckman sacrificed Gorsett and Wehrle to second and third to set up Andrew Brown's two-RBI single to center field to give the Huskers a 4-1 lead.

Nebraska added another insurance run in the seventh inning after Nick Sullivan doubled and moved to third on Steve Edlefson's sacrifice bunt, before scoring on a Nimmo safety squeeze to make it 5-1 Huskers.

Dorn did the rest, silencing the Crimson Tide in a 107-pitch effort. The Grand Island native did give up back-to-back singles to open the ninth before striking out the final three Alabama hitters to shut the door on the Tide while improving to 3-1 on the season.

Nebraska and Alabama conclude their three-game series on Sunday at Hawks Field with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. Ticket windows open at 10:30 a.m. and general admission tickets are still available for the game. The first two games of the series with the Crimson Tide have combined to attract nearly 12,000 fans to Hawks Field on opening weekend.

 

Alabama vs Nebraska (Mar 11, 2006)

Nebraska Baseball
#25 Alabama at #6 Nebraska
Mar 11, 2006 at Lincoln, NE (Hawks Field)
Alabama 1 (13-5)
Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Avg.
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Emeel Salem cf........... 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 .292
Matt Downs 3b............ 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 .231
Kody Valverde c.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 .323
Ryan Rhoden rf........... 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .234
Alex Avila dh............ 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .239
Evan Bush 2b............. 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 .221
Spencer Pennington 1b.... 2 0 0 0 1 1 8 2 0 .270
Brandon Belcher lf....... 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 .206
Greg Paiml ss............ 3 1 1 0 0 0 5 3 2 .262
Bernard Robert p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -
Josh Copeland p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Patrick Kelly p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals................... 32 1 4 1 2 8 24 14 7

Nebraska 5 (10-2)
Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Avg.
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Nimmo, Bryce cf.......... 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 .375
Wehrle, Ryan ss.......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 .378
Gorsett, Luke rf......... 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 .400
Buckman, Brandon 1b...... 3 0 1 0 0 0 16 0 0 .298
Brown, Andrew lf......... 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 .318
Jaros, Nick lf.......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .364
Opitz, Jake 2b........... 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 1 .293
Christy, Jeff c.......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 7 1 1 .205
Sullivan, Nick dh........ 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .429
Edlefsen, Steve 3b....... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 .182
Dorn, Johnny p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Totals................... 27 5 9 5 3 5 27 13 4
Score by Innings R H E
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Alabama............. 000 010 000 - 1 4 0
Nebraska............ 000 103 10X - 5 9 3
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E - Wehrle, R.(2); Brown, A.(1); Christy, J.(2). LOB - Crimson Tide 7;
Huskers 4. 2B - Salem(6); Buckman, B.(3); Sullivan, N.(1). HR - Nimmo,
B.(1); Gorsett, L.(7). SH - Pennington(2); Nimmo, B.(2); Buckman, B.(1);
Edlefsen, S.(1). SB - Paiml(3); Jaros, N.(2). CS - Nimmo, B.(1); Opitz,
J.(2).
Alabama IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP ERA
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Bernard Robert...... 5.0 6 3 3 1 4 19 20 88 3.09
Josh Copeland....... 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 4 6 24 2.77
Patrick Kelly....... 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 4 7 24 3.00
Nebraska IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP ERA
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Dorn, Johnny........ 9.0 4 1 0 2 8 32 35 107 3.33
Win - Dorn, J. (3-1). Loss - Robert (2-1). Save - None.
WP - Robert(1). Inherited runners/scored: Copeland 1/1; Kelly 1/1.
Pitches/strikes: Robert 88/53; Copeland 24/14; Kelly 24/13; Dorn, J. 107/74.
Umpires - HP: Tom Svehla 1B: Bruce Allen 3B: Partick Spieler
Start: 1:06p.m. Time: 2:11 Attendance: 5311
Robert faced 2 batters in the 6th.
Copeland faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Game: NU12

 


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