Wildcats complete sweep

Nebraska (16-14-1, 4-8) starting pitcher Casey Hauptman pitched a gem, giving his team a chance to win, but the Husker bats stalled again in a 5-3 loss.

Kansas State (24-8, 5-4) earned the road sweep over the Huskers, marking the first time NU has been swept in Hawks Field, and the first time the Huskers have been swept at home since 1997 vs. Baylor. "I'm not so certain we've had a worse weekend here." said Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson. "I can't remember one worse than this."

The Wildcats struck early with three runs in the first inning off of Hauptman. 1B Justin Bloxom hit an RBI signle to center driving in a pair of runs, and then 3B Jason King followed with an RBI single of his own.

However, Hauptman settled down. The sophomore pitched a personal best 6 2/3 innings, while surrendering three earned runs. "I just didn't get into it right away." said Hauptman. "But after I settled down, I got back into the strike zone, and just kept making pitches and letting my defense work. It worked out for a while."

The Huskers would get on the board first in the 4th inning. NU 2B Jeff Tezak singled in Adam Bailey making it a 3-1 game. The Huskers would score again the following inning on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Bubak , which narrowed the lead to one run.

However, the Wildcats responded. After extending the lead to 4-2, 1B Justin Bloxom drove a home run against the prevailing 25 mph wind, which gave the Wildcats a 5-2 lead.

Nebraska scored one more run of their own as Adam Bailey singled in a run making it a 5-3 game. After Mike Nesseth shut down the Wildcats in the top of the ninth, Nebraska battled in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, the Huskers had two straight base runners reach, and bringing up the potential winning run to the plate. But pinch hitter Cade Thompson struck out to end the game. Nebraska has now lost eight of their last ten games, and the road does not get any easier.

The Huskers face in-state rival Creighton on Tuesday, and then welcome in the Texas Longhorns on Thursday for a three game series. "There will be better days. said Anderson. We're going to have to work at it to get to that point, but there will be better days."

Game Notes

Game 3

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Casey Hauptman (2-1) vs. Todd Vogel (2-0)

First Pitch: 2:04 pm Temp: 55 Degrees

Justin Bloxom drives in the first two K-State runs of the game with an RBI single to center, 2-0 early

Jason King lines a base hit to center scoring Martini, 3-0 Wildcats with nobody out still 3-0 KSU after one half inning

NU 2B Jeff Tezak lines and RBI single to center field scoring Bailey. 3-1 KSU

Boomer Collins strikes out to end the 4th inning leaving two runners in scoring position

Kyle Bubak's sac fly drives in a run, 3-2 K-State K-State's Adam Muenster lines a base hit to center scoring a run, 4-2 K-State

Wildcat 1B Justin Bloxom homers against the prevailing 30 mph wind, 5-2 KSU Husker DH Adam Bailey lines an RBI single to center, 5-3 K-State

Husker RP Mike Nesseth pitches a 1-2-3 ninth inning

Final Score: K-State: 5 NU: 3

Game Time: 2:20 W: Vogel L: Hauptman S: Allen Attendance: 1, 594

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