With the win, the Huskers improved to 32-26 and will
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
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.