Huskers storm to regional final with 11-1 win

Tempe, Ariz. – Behind a complete-game masterpiece from Johnny Dorn, Nebraska kept its season alive with an 11-1 victory over No. 14 UC Riverside Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tempe Regional.

With the win, the Huskers improved to 32-26 and will meet Arizona State in the regional championship game set for 9 p.m. (PDT). The Husker will need to beat the Sun Devils both tonight and tomorrow evening to earn a Super Regional berth.

Dorn, who improved to 10-3 on the season, scattered five hits struck out a career-high 12 batters, eclipsing his previous best of 11 set against Tech in 2005. The right-hander worked out of early trouble and allowed only one run, an RBI single from Joey Gonzales, as moved into sole possession of second place on NU's all-time wins chart.

Johnny's effort was one of the best and guttiest performances in Nebraska baseball history." Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson said. "For this situation and being in this stage of the NCAA Regional, what he did for us today was truly remarkable. He not went out there and got us the win, but also allowed us to rest our bullpen for tonight's game. As a coach, you can not ask for any more than that from one of your team leaders in this type of situation."

Anderson said the key for Dorn was to trust his defense and throw strikes after he labored through a rocky first inning.

"He really attacked the zone and threw strikes," Anderson said. "Johnny got into that bulldog mentality where he knew if he threw strikes, our defense was making plays behind him. Once he started attacking, he settled down and really got in a groove. I am proud of him for the determination he showed in battling out there in these conditions."

Andy Gerch gave the Huskers the lead for good with his second inning homer, as the junior went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Jake Opitz had two hits and drove in three runs.


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