Baseball: Huskers Salvage 4-3 Win To Avoid Sweep

No. 16 Nebraska rallied from a 3-0 deficit to edge No. 1 Texas (41-6, 13-4) Sunday. It was just the third home loss of the season for the Horns, who still claimed a series victory over the Huskers for the first time since 1998 and who remain on top of the Big 12 standings because of OU's 6-5 extra inning loss to Tech in Lubbock. The Horns are a half-game ahead of the Sooners (26-15, 13-5) and one-and-a-half up on Oklahoma State (27-14, 10-4). OU and the Cowboys square off later this week.

At the Disch Sunday, it was a story of missed opportunities for Texas. The Horns stranded base runners in each of the first five frames, but the biggest chance came in the bottom of the seventh after Nebraska had taken the lead in the top half of the frame. Texas loaded the bases, but Carson Kainer's groundout ended UT's last threat. The Horns went down in order in both the eighth and the ninth. Texas reliever Buck Cody incurred the loss while Husker relievers Justin Pekarek (W, 5-1) and Brett Jensen (S, 2) shut down the home team over the final five-and-a-third innings.

Texas looked to be on its way to the sweep early. Robby Hudson singled to open the bottom of the first and came around to score as he stole second with one out and crossed home plate following a Taylor Teagarden two-out single. The Horns grabbed a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth as singles by Kainer and Seth Johnston put runners on the corners with two outs in front of a wild pitch that plated one run and a run-scoring base hit from David Maroul.

Nebraska threatened in both the second and third, putting two runners on in the second and loading the bases in the third, but each time starter Justin Simmons worked out of the jam to keep the Horns on top. Nebraska again loaded the bases in the top of the fifth on two singles and a hit batter before a run-scoring groundout by Alex Gordon and a two RBI, infield single from Jake Mullinax knotted the game at 3-3.

The game remained deadlocked until the top of the seventh when a double from Gordon with one out followed by a Curtis Ledbetter RBI single gave Nebraska a 4-3 lead.

Leading the Longhorns' offense was Teagarden, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Hudson, who collected two hits on the day while also accounting for one run scored, and four different players who each tallied a hit, including Kainer and Johnston who also scored one run apiece.

With the Bedlam Series going on this weekend in Oklahoma, Texas will look to put some distance between itself and the other league contenders in Columbia, Mo., where the Horns open a three-game series with the Missouri Tigers (24-16-1, 4-10) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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