Eight run burst powers NU over the Matadors

Lincoln- Things were looking great for the Cal St. Northridge Matadors (5-7) early. They led 5-1, and the Huskers could not get any offense going. And then, the bottom of the 4th inning happened.

Nebraska (9-3-1) tallied 8 runs on 5 hits, giving them a 9-5 lead, that they would never look back from. The Huskers defeated the Matadors 12-6 in the second game of a double header, and the third game of the four game series.

After scoring three times early in the fourth inning, Nebraska took the lead on an Adam Bailey bloop single that scored Jake Mort and Kyle Bubak. After that, NU 1B Tyler Farst blasted a 3-run home run giving Nebraska a 9-5 lead, which proved to be the difference of the game. Farst's home run was the first home run by a Husker who played last season.

The eight run outburst for the Huskers meant the Huskers have scored 5 or more runs in each of the past four games. Tonight's offensive explosion was what catapulted NU to the win. Coach Anderson was definitely pleased with the inning. "We just didn't let the inning die. Once you have a big inning, it's easy to kind of relax and think that's all we got. The quality inning stayed because we had quality at bats."

NU's Sean Yost picked up his first victory of the season in relief. He pitched two innings, just surrendering one run, in relief for starter Erik Bird. Bird pitched just three innings, allowing five earned runs, four of those coming in the first inning.

This come from behind win is the 100th of Coach Mike Anderson's career, but he gives all the credit to his team. "Let's be honest, we got fighters on the team, it has nothing to do with me. We got kids that bust their tails and never give up. I think it's a Nebraska culture more than anything else. We like to think we are fighters that way just like everybody else, but they work hard at never giving up."

A hot topic with this year's Husker baseball team is the team chemistry with many newcomers on the team, and with another come from behind victory for the Huskers, Coach Anderson likes what he sees in his team. "I really like our kids, the character of the whole group. The older guys, the guys who have been here just a little bit, and then we do have a lot of newcomers, from freshman to junior college kids. We're trying to learn how to play Nebraska style baseball, I think we're getting to that point, and it's good to see the older kids leading that too."

With the win, the Huskers are currently on a four game winning streak, and now have swept their last 10 double headers that they've played in. The four game series between the Huskers and the Matadors wraps up tomorrow from Haymarket Park, with a 1:05 start time.



Nebraska vs. Cal St. Northridge Double Header Game 2

First Pitch: 4:40 pm

Matadors score 4 runs off 4 hits in the 1st inning Huskers respond with Adam Bailey solo homer in the bottom of the 1st

Cade Thompson homered in the 4th inning to make it a 5-2 game

Kyle Bubak's 4th inning rbi single made it a 5-4 game

Adam Bailey's bloops single drove in two runs and gave NU a 6-5 lead

Tyler Farst's first homer of the season gave Nebraska a 9-5 lead

Huskers get 8 runs on 5 hits in the bottom of the 4th giving them a 9-5 lead

Kash Kalkowski struck out Jeff Pruitt with runners on 1st and 3rd to end the top of the 5th inning

Ben Kline hit a bases clearing 2-run triple to make it an 11-6 lead

Huskers win 12-6

Game Time: 3 hours, 11 minutes.

NU: 12 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors CSUN: 6 runs, 11 hits, 2 errors

W: Sean Yost (1-0, 6.43 ERA) L: Billy Ott (0-1, 6.60 ERA)

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