Nebraska vs. Creighton, 4/18/17

Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad signals to his players during the ninth inning against Creighton on April 18 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.


Nebraska baseball fans looking for clues as to how the Huskers will look come spring can get their first glimpses this weekend.

The Huskers will wrap up fall practice with the Red-White Series starting Friday at Haymarket Park.

The three-game series will include a six-inning game Friday with a pair of five-inning games Monday. Friday's game starts at 6 p.m., with Monday's games also starting at 6 p.m. All three games are free and open to the public.

"Obviously we have a bunch of different guys," Husker coach Darin Erstad said at the beginning of practice. "We're trying them at different positions and trying to figure out where they might possibly fit in."

After winning the program's first regular-season Big Ten title last year, the Huskers fizzled out with back-to-back losses at the Big Ten Tournament followed by an 0-2 showing at the Corvallis regional that ended with defeats to Yale and Holy Cross.

After another disappointing finish, Erstad said, everything is on the table as players begin the battle for starting roles.

"We're back to square one here. There's nothing that's happened in the past, good or bad, that has any indication on this team," Erstad said. "This is a whole new identity, a whole new group. They've got to earn everything that's coming their way. … For where we want to go, we have to get better."

The Huskers will sign autographs before Friday’s game from 5-5:40 p.m. on the third-base concourse. In addition, fans are encouraged to wear costumes for Friday’s game, and a fan costume contest will be held with a chance for someone to win a trophy and Husker prize pack. For all three games, fans can play baseball bingo for a chance to win a Husker prize pack. Season tickets also will be on sale at the inside ticket window at Haymarket Park until the fourth inning of the first and second games of the series.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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