Hot bats for the Husker baseball team as UNL dominates Louisiana Tech
Story and photo by Kayla Bremer, NewsNetNebraska
The Nebraska baseball team won for the 13th time in their last 16 games Saturday March 17.
The Huskers took on Louisiana Tech in the third of the four-game series in Lincoln at Haymarket Park and downed the Bulldogs 11-4.
The Bulldogs started off the game with an early home run and three hits against Husker starter Tom Lemke. But the Huskers fired right back when shortstop Chad Christensen hit his sixth home run of the season over the left field fence. The hot bats continued for the Huskers in the bottom of the second when third baseman Josh Scheffert hit a home run giving Nebraska a 2-1 lead.
Lemke pitched well through the third but he was replaced in the fourth by sophomore right hander Brandon Pierce with two outs and a runner on first. Pierce retired the batter ending the Bulldog threat.
Scheffert led off the top of the fourth with a single and was brought home two batters later when catcher Sam Stucky hit a ball hard into left field. Bryan Peters would then score Austin Darby from second base with a single, giving the Huskers a 4-1 lead.
Louisiana Tech continued to struggle to get batters on base in the fifth. A good-looking rip into center field showed potential for the Bulldogs but Husker center fielder Rich Sanguinetti made a phenomenal catch for the second out.
In the sixth the Bulldogs mounted a threat when they loaded the bases with one out. Husker head coach Darin Erstad made a pitching change and junior right hander Dylan Vogt came into the game. But the next Bulldog batter got a base hit past Husker first baseman Richard Stock, allowing the runner on third to score making it a 4-2 game.
The Huskers started the bottom of the seventh with designated hitter Mike Pritchard walking. He was brought home by Christensen with a double into right field. Scheffert had his fourth hit of the day when he hit a double, bringing Christensen across home plate to make the score 6-2.
In the eighth the Husker’s Kale Kiser started off another hitting spree with a double into left field. Later, with runners on first and second, third baseman Kurt Farmer hit a home run over the left field fence bringing three runs across the plate. The day wasn’t over yet for Scheffert who had his fifth hit and later scored after a base hit from Darby, extending the Huskers lead to 11-2.
The Bulldogs did score two runs in the ninth making the final score 11-4.
The fourth and final game of the series against Louisiana Tech will be Sunday March 17 at 11:05 a.m. (CT) at Haymarket Park.