Dorn, who moved into fourth place on NU's career wins chart with his 24th career win, scattered five hits over eight frames to improve to 2-1 on the season. The junior right-hander struck out four and took a shutout into the eighth in a 110-pitch effort.
"I was really, really pleased with the
performance of Johnny Dorn," Anderson said. "Our team needed Johnny to pitch
well, and this team needed a win after yesterday. He was a spark for us
and he was just outstanding on the mound. To see (Steve) Edlefsen come in and
pitch well gave us two outstanding pitching performances today."
The Huskers, who improved to 6-4 on the season, were held to five hits, but took advantage of their opportunities, getting four of the hits in the fifth, including a two-run single by Brown and an RBI single by Jake Opitz, while Craig Corriston's ninth-inning RBI single gave NU a five-run cushion.
"I liked what our offense showed," Anderson said. "The numbers didn't show it, but we hit the ball well and Brown and Corriston had some big hits for us allowed us to do things."
Brown and Corriston had two RBIs apiece, while DJ Belfonte was hit by three pitches and scored two runs.
The Huskers, who were held hitless by Stetson left-hander Chris Ingoglia through the first four innings, erupted for five runs to chase the Hatter starter in the top of the fifth. After a leadoff single by Jake Mort, Edlefsen legged out a bunt singled to put runners on first and second. Belfonte was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Corriston put the Huskers on the board with a sacrifice fly. Ryan Wehrle then coaxed a walk to load the bases before Brown delivered the game's big hit, a two-run single to left that extended the lead to 3-0. Opitz then chased the Stetson starter with and RBI single to right before a wild pitch plated the inning's fifth run.
"We were hitting the bal and had some solid at-bats," Anderson said about the first four innings. "We knew over the course of time that we would score, and with Johnny on the mound he kept then in check until we could scratch across some runs. If he doesn't pitch the way he does, our offense probably changes a little bit."
Ingoglia (2-1) allowed five runs on four
hits over 4.1 innings to suffer just his fourth home loss in 28 career home
starts. The Hatters, who dropped to 10-4, struggled against Dorn and a
solid Husker defense that turned a trio of double plays.
Dorn took a shutout into the eighth before pinch hitter Aaron Crittenden put the Hatters on the scoreboard with a solo homer to center.
The Huskers got an insurance run in the
ninth, putting together a two-out rally capped by Corriston's RBI single.
DJ Belfonte was hit by a pitch and stole second to move into scoring position before Corriston lined a run-scoring single to right.
The Hatters threatened in the ninth, as Dorn opened the frame with a walk and hit the next batter to put two on. Edlefsen then allowed a single to load the bases, but got out of trouble, as Crittenden hit into a double play before Jeremy Cruz lined out to Brown to end the game.
The Huskers, whose game against Nebraska-Kearney was postponed, will travel to Alabama the weekend for a three-game series beginning Friday. All three games will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and for free on the Internet at Huskers.com.