However, Coach Mike Anderson is keeping the win streak in perspective. "We're on a good streak; I wouldn't say we're hot. I think we've played good baseball, and we got some wins and stuff. Not to get to the point where we're being hot. We're a good baseball team this weekend, we played at home, we did some good things, but I'd be careful saying we're a hot baseball team yet."
The Huskers offense got started in the 2nd after a scary situation. NU LF Nick Sullivan was hit in the head by a pitch, and laid on the ground motionless for several minutes. However, Sullivan would stay in the game and run the bases.
After Sullivan was hit, 3B Jake Mort slammed a three run home run to give the Huskers a lead, which they would never look back from. Mort was able to focus, despite the scary moment. "He's a really good friend of mine (Sullivan), and your feelings go out to him, and make sure he's ok. When I stepped in the box, I've got a runner in scoring position, and I got to let that go. Whatever happened to him, I got to let go and try to score those runs and get us that game."
NU starting pitcher Mike Mariot was a key part of the win. Mariot, who entered today's game with a 10.00 ERA, was able to pitch seven innings, surrendering just one earned run, and earning himself his first win of the season. "It's pretty easy to pitch when your offense is does a really good job getting runs across."
Mariot's ERA now stands at 6.19, but he was definitely pleased with his outing. "The past couple games for me, I was hitting spots. Today, it worked out pretty well. I hit a lot of spots today. I pretty much pitched to contact. I made the hitters put the ball in play and let the defense to the work."
Nebraska scored 8 runs off of 13 hits, and now has a team batting average of .300. The Huskers outscored Cal St. Northridge 30-16 in the four game series. The team will get a well deserved day off, before preparations for Big 12 conference play begins. The Huskers will head to Lubbock Friday to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. However, with the Nebraska's recent success, there is no doubt that Coach Anderson has full control over his team's mindset going into conference play. "They'll stay level headed, I promise."
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3-1) vs. Cal St. Northridge Matadors (5-7)
Sunday Game 4
Mike Mariot (0-0, 10.00 ERA) vs. Bryan Harper (0-0, 0.77 ERA)
First Pitch: 1:08
Temp: 41 Degrees
Jeff Tezak grounded into a 4-6-3 DP to end the first inning leaving a runner in scoring position NU SS Ben Kline lines the first hit of the game in the 2nd inning
NU LF Nick Sullivan was hit in the head by Bryan Harper's pitch in the 2nd inning, but would stay in the game to run
Husker 3B Jake Mort hit his 1st HR of the year in the 2nd inning, a 3-Run HR
NU C Cody Neer hits a solo homer to right center making it a 4-0 Husker lead
Ben Kline scores as Nick Sullivan reaches base on a throwing error from 3B, 5-0 NU
CSUN RHP Jimmy Jolicouer comes in to relieve starter Bryan Harper in the 3rd
Kyle Bubak's solo homer in the 4th made it a 6-1 Husker lead
Cody Neer singles to center scoring a run. 7-1 Nick Sullivan hit by another pitch in the 4th RHP P.J. Rousey comes in to relieve Jolicouer in the 5th inning
DH Brian Slover comes into pitch for P.J. Rousey in the 6th
Kyle Bubak single in the bottom of the 7th makes him 4-4 on the ballgame
Mariot: 7 innings, 1 run, 4 K's
Final Score: NU: 8 CSUN: 2
W: Mariot (1-0, 6.19 ERA) L: Harper (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
NU: 8 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors CSUN: 2 runs, 9 hits, 1 error