Huskers take series from Horns

Austin, Texas – Jake Mort drove in a career-high four RBIs, while Johnny Dorn tossed seven shutout innings, as fourth-ranked Nebraska became the first Big 12 team to win a three-game series in Austin for the first time since 2002 with a 6-0 shutout over No. 5 Texas Longhorns in front of 6,131 at Disch-Falk Field Sunday afternoon.

Dorn went seven-plus innings, holding the Longhorns (28-15, 13-4 Big 12) to just five hits to up his record to 7-2 on the season. Dorn, who is 7-0 in his career in series-deciding games, fanned four and struck out two while extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 19.1 innings. He also upped his career record to 19-4, moving into a tie for 10th place on NU's career win charts.

Mort provided the offensive fireworks for the Huskers (32-6, 12-3 Big 12), as drove in four runs, doubling his previous single-game high, including a three-run sixth inning double that broke open a 2-0 lead. Bryce Nimmo and Brandon Buckman also had RBIs for the Huskers, who have won five of the past seven regular-season series against Texas dating back to 1999, including 3-of-4 in Austin.

With the win, the Huskers moved into first place in the Big 12 with its 11th straight series win, including seven in a road, moving percentage points ahead of the Longhorns. It also marked UT's first home series loss since 2003 and first three-game series loss in Austin since NU turned the trick in 2002. UT had lost only twice at Disch-Falk Field enter the series against the Huskers.

Nebraska got on the board in the top of the first, using two hits and an RBI groundout by Buckman. Singles by Nimmo and Jeff Christy to open the game put runners on the corners before Buckman hit a grounder behind the bag at second to plate Nimmo with the game's first tally.

One inning later, the Huskers took advantage of a Longhorn miscue to plate their second run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Mort. Andrew Brown opened the second with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error by UT right fielder Nick Peoples. Jake Opitz then moved Brown to third on a sacrifice bunt before Mort lofted fly ball to left, allowing Brown to cross the plate with NU's second run.

The Huskers had a golden opportunity to break the game open in the third, loading the bases with two outs with Brown at the plate. The Huskers designated hitter lined a ball into the gap in right center that Drew Stubbs caught on the run, saving three runs for the Longhorns.

Nebraska chased Alaniz with four runs in the sixth, as Mort provided the key hit, a three-run double. Luke Gorsett and Jaros opened the sixth with consecutive hits before Brown sacrificed both runners in scoring position. Alaniz then intentionally walked the left-handed Opitz to get to Mort, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup. Mort made the Longhorns pay, ripping a 2-1 pitch past third into the left field corner to clear the bases. Nimmo then greeted reliever Randy Boone with a single to center, scoring Mort with NU's sixth run.

Gorsett led NU with three hits, extending his hit streak to a career-high 19 contests.

Alaniz went 5.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits to drop to 5-2 on the season.

Dorn, who had allowed one hit through the first five innings, ran into trouble with two outs in the sixth, as Stubbs doubled before Nick Peoples walked to put runners on first a second. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position, but Dorn was able to get Carson Kainer to ground out to first to end the threat.

The Husker right-hander took a shutout into the eighth before a leadoff single by Clark and a walk to Clay Van Hook gave UT runners on first and second with no outs and ended the day for Dorn. The Husker bullpen picked pick up Dorn, as Erik Bird struck out Stubbs for the first out before Zach Herr picked off Van Hook for the second out. Herr then got pinch-hitter Brent Lewis to ground out to end UT's final threat.

The Huskers begin a four-game homestand on Tuesday evening when they host the Wichita State Shockers. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and the game will be shown on Cox Cable (Omaha), Time Warner Cable (Lincoln), Charter Media (Western Nebraska) and Metro Sports (Kansas City). The game will also be available on the Pinnacle Sports Network, including KFAB 1110 AM in Omaha, KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln and on the Internet at Huskers.com.

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