Jon Klausing (4-0) had retired 23 straight batters over two outings before Tyler Hill reached on a fielding error by Brandon Buckman with two outs in the fifth, as he had retired the final nine hitters he faced in his first start of the year against Nebraska-Kearney on April 19. Klausing then walked Brandon Hall, but got out of the only jam of the night by getting Brian Spear to ground out to second.
"It was a great night, especially for Jon Klausing," NU Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "He just did a fantastic job keep them off balance all night."
Klausing didn't allow a hit until Derek Schermerhorn smacked a one-out single through the infield in the seventh, but Schermerhorn was quickly erased on Conor Gillaspie's inning-ending double play. Klausing came out for the eighth, but didn't throw a pitch, leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd of 2,416 on a chilly spring evening.
"I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes and throw it low," Klausing said after getting 16 groundouts over his seven innings of work, as NU picked up its second straight shutout.
Nebraska would give Klausing all the run support he would need in the first inning on a two-run double by Buckman off WSU left-hander Kris Johnson. Jeff Christy, who had two of NU's seven hits, singled with one out, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Ryan Wehrle then walked to put runners on the corners before Buckman plated both runners with a double to left center.
Those would be the only runs Johnson (4-1) would give up over his five innings of work, as he suffered his first career loss in 15 decisions. With the loss, Wichita State dipped to 31-15, as they had won seven of their previous eight games.
The Huskers, who have won 15 of their last 16 games, broke the game open late, scoring three times in the sixth and six runs in the eighth, as Buckman, Christy and Wehrle all had two hits apiece in the win.
Christy walked to open the sixth by reliever Khol Nanney before Wehrle's double to right gave NU a 3-0 lead. The Huskers eventually loaded the bases before Noah Booth hit Jake Opitz for one run and Jake Mort coaxed a bases loaded walk to give Klausing a five-run cushion.
NU struck again in the eighth, plating six runs all with two outs, including a two-run single by Christy, an RBI double by Wehrle and a two-run single by Buckman, who finished with four RBIs on the evening.
The Huskers return to Big 12 play on Friday night, as they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and the game will be shown on Cox Cable in Omaha, Time Warner Cable in Lincoln and surrounding areas and in the western part of the state on Charter Media. The game will also be carried state-wide on the radio on the Pinnacle Sports Network.