Huskers run-rule Red Raiders again

Lincoln - Sophomore shortstop Ryan Wehrle smashed three hits, including a two-run homer and a three-run double on his way to a six-RBI day to help the No. 4 Nebraska baseball team complete a three-game sweep of Texas Tech with its 14-4 run-rule win in eight innings at Hawks Field on Sunday.

With the victory, Nebraska's second straight run-rule win over the Red Raiders, Nebraska improved to 36-6 overall and 15-3 in the Big 12 to remain in first place in the conference standings. The Huskers won their fifth straight league game, sixth consecutive game overall and notched their 18th win in the last 19 games.

While Wehrle enjoyed one of the best games of his Husker career, fellow sophomore Andy Gerch completed a breakout weekend with his second straight three-hit effort. Gerch, a member of the All-College World Series team as a redshirt freshman for the Huskers in 2005, entered the weekend hitting just .239 (16-67) and had not played since April 8, while nursing a shoulder injury for much of the season.

But the Lincoln native drew a crucial two-out walk in the ninth inning to set up NU's tying run that sent the game to extra innings in the Huskers' eventual 4-3 win in 11 innings in the opener against the Red Raiders. He followed by making just his 17th start of the season in the nightcap, smacking three hits and driving in four runs to spark Nebraska's 14-4 win over Texas Tech in seven innings. 

On Sunday, Gerch went 3-for-4 at the plate for the second straight day, driving in one run and scoring two more to fuel the Huskers' rout.

Andrew Brown added three hits, including two RBIs and a pair of runs scored, while Brandon Buckman pulled even with teammate Luke Gorsett for the Big 12 Conference home run lead by pounding his 14th home run of the season in the eighth inning to end the game.

Nebraska's 13-hit attack provided more than enough run support for sophomore right-hander Johnny Dorn, who allowed just three earned runs in seven innings by scattering six hits. Dorn improved to 8-2 on the season.

Colt Hynes (4-2) took the loss for Texas Tech after being touched up for nine runs, five earned, on seven hits in just four innings of work.

The Huskers will take the week off from competition to complete final exams at the University of Nebraska, before returning to Big 12 action next weekend at Oklahoma State. The Huskers begin their three-game series with the Cowboys on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m.

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