Nesseth goes the distance in Husker victory

Lincoln- Mike Nesseth started out the first of a four game series exactly the way he wanted, throwing a complete game in Nebraska's 9-3 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors. Nebraska (7-3-1) scored five runs in the 2nd inning, and didn't look back after that.

Nesseth surrendered just three runs and six hits in his nine innings of work. NU Coach Mike Anderson was pleased with his starter's effort. "That's exactly what we want. We got a chance to extend him out too; we were trying to do that." More importantly for Nebraska, Nesseth gave his bullpen and extra day of rest, which Coach Anderson hopes he can do in the future. "(It is) more valuable as we get into conference. The more we get into conference, and the more that guy go and extend himself out, and do that on a Friday night, that helps the whole series."

Nesseth's only trouble in the game came in the fourth inning when the Matador's Ryan Pineda and Dominic D'Anna hit back-to-back home runs. "I think they timed him pretty well, I don't think they were even bad pitches, I think, they were just good hitters," said Anderson of Nesseth.

Nesseth said he wanted badly to throw a complete game, and help give his bullpen a rest. "They (Nebraska Coaches) didn't really say anything; they just said pretend it's the ninth inning, and go close out the game."

But the Nebraska offense gave their pitcher nine runs of support. Centerfielder DJ Belfonte contributed with three hits and one RBI, with his coach batting in the ninth spot of the batting order. "I think he tried to do too much at the beginning of the year, and now he's taking what he gets and (Belfonte) goes the other way. We get a bottom of the order doing something like that, that's great."

Belfonte seemed satisfied with his spot in the lineup, but didn't approach anything differently. "I don't think it took pressure off me at all, it's just a different number in the lineup that you're at. I think when you move down the lineup, you're obviously going to get a few less at bats then at the top of the order. That's the only difference, and pretty much my role is the same."

Belfonte has started all ten games for the Huskers, and was able to raise his batting average 49 points up to .244. "Early in the year, first week, I just didn't get the results I was looking for, and I think a little pressure started coming up again. I just had to step back and realize it was early in the season, and there is plenty of time to turn the season around. I'm just trying to put everything I have out there for the team, and try to win."

With a doubleheader on Saturday and one more game on Sunday, Coach Anderson was forced to plans today's lineup around the rest of the weekend. "From a lineups stand point, it gives us a chance to do some different things. We'll play some different guys, we'll change the lineup a little bit tomorrow." "It may not be the exact lineup that I think might go out and win one, but it's going to be a lineup that can win one."

The Huskers play three more games against the Matadors, including two games tomorrow. After that, Nebraska heads down to Lubbock for a three game series against the Texas Tech Red Raiders to open up conference play. First pitch for Saturday is scheduled for 1:05 at Hawk Field, with the proceeding game following 30 minutes after the first.



Nebraska vs Cal St. Northridge Game Notes First of four games, including a double header on Sat

Mike Nesseth vs Ryan McCarney

1:08 First Pitch 51 Degrees Attendance: 3,521

Huskers score 5 runs in the 2nd inning, including a two run single by RF Adam Bailey

Matadors score two on back to back solo homers by Ryan Pineda and Dominic D'Anna in the 4th

Pitcher Ryan McCarney picked off two Huskers bringing his season total to three

Cory Burleson lined a two out rbi single to right field in the 6th inning off of LHP Peter Mendez McCarney went 5+ innings, 6 earned runs on 7 hits for the Matadors

Lefty Bryce Schoening came in to relieve Mendez and finish off the sixth inning

Adam Bailey lined an rbi double to the left center field gap off of Schoening in the 7th inning for his third rbi of the game, and 18th of the season

Tyler Farst lined and rbi single to right field scoring Bailey.

Jake Mort drove in Tyler Farst on a sacrifice bunt in the 7th

Justin Gorski came in to relieve Schoening and end the inning

Mike Nesseth threw a complete game giving up 3 runs and six hits

9-3 Final Score

CSN: 3,6,1 NU: 9,12,1 W: Mike Nesseth (2-1) 1.71 ERA L: Ryan McCarney (0-1)

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