Huskers battle elements, defeat Matadors 11-5

Lincoln- Nebraska scored early and often in game one of Saturday's double header, and defeated the Cal State Northridge Matadors 11-5. The Huskers stormed to an 8-0 lead after two innings and never looked back after that.

The dagger came in the 2nd when Nebraska catcher Cody Neer hit a 3-run triple making the Husker lead 6-0, and contributing to what would be a 7 run 2nd inning. Neer raised his batting average up 81 points to .308, with a 3-4 day at the plate. Neer also drove in 4 RBI's.

Husker starting pitcher Jordan Roualdes (1-1, 4.56 ERA) surrendered 3 earned runs, while pitching 6 innings and earning his first win of the season. Roudales had to battle both the Matadors, as well as the elements in today's game, but managed to earn the win.

The game time temperature was 42 degrees outside, with a strong 17 mph wind blowing light rain all over the field. The California product Roualdes admitted after the game that he had never pitched in bad conditions. "Fog days were the coldest when it was 55, I remember it was 55 and we're dressed like this and asking for heaters."

Nebraska gave their starter plenty of offense, scoring 11 runs and lining 12 hits. However, the big lead didn't faze Roualdes. "To me, there really isn't any adjustment. It's the same mentality as if we were down 8-0. It's just pound the zone, get outs, and get the guys in and keep them warm."

The Huskers bring their record up to 8-3-1 after the win. However, the Huskers and Matadors were given 40 minutes between games of the double header. Game 2 of the double header starts at 4:40 pm. The two teams then meet again on Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

BOX SCORE

GAME NOTES

Nebraska vs. Cal St. Northridge Saturday Game 1

Jordan Roudales (0-1, 4.63 ERA) vs. Ryan Juarez (2-0, 3.27 ERA)

First Pitch: 1:08 pm, 42 Degrees

The Huskers scored in the first on a Jeff Tezak infield bloop that was dropped by 3B Ryan Pineda Nick Sullivan singled in the 2nd scoring Ben Kline

Husker Catcher Cody Neer hit a bases clearing triple in the 2nd to make it a 6-0 NU lead Cody Asche drove in Cody Neer with a single to center making it 7-0

Ben Kline reached first and knocked in Asche on a throwing error by Matador SS TS Reed

Nebraska scored seven in the 2nd Inning CSNU scored two in the 4th

Cody Neer drove an RBI double to left scoring Tyler Farst in the 4th

Dominic D'Anna drove in a run on a bloop single in the 5th

DJ Belfonte drove in a run on a sac fly in the 5th

Adam Bailey drove in Khiry Cooper on an RBI double

Final Score 11-5 NU

W: Jordan Roudales L: Ryan Juarez Game Time: 2 hours and 59 minutes


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