The Nebraska baseball team scored the most runs it's scored in a single game this year in a 12-5 victory against Iowa on Friday at Iowa City, Iowa.
The Big Ten rivals play Saturday and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Nebraska couldn't ask for more. The Huskers are batting almost .400 as a team in conference play and have scored 60 runs in seven Big Ten games, compared with just 131 in 21 nonconference games.
The Huskers (12-16 overall, 6-1 in Big Ten) banged out 13 hits, including a three-run home run by Kash Kalkowski in the first inning and a three-run double by catcher Tanner Lubach in the fifth.
“(Lubach) hit it flat to the (opposite) gap, and if there was a video of that definition, that would be it,” Husker coach Darin Erstad said on his post-game radio show. “That was on a line and that’s what we saw in the fall, and that’s one of the reasons he won the starting catcher spot. Just a huge approach to extend the lead.”
Nebraska starter Christian DeLeon (3-2) gave up eight hits and two runs in the first two innings, but shackled the Hawkeyes with just two more hits in his six-inning outing.
“DeLeon was getting 1-2 and 0-2 counts and throwing it right down the middle, kind of like a get-me-over pitch, and I had a talking to him after the second inning,” Erstad said. “His tempo, sometimes he can get kind of lackadaisical and kind of fall asleep and I kind of had to shake his tree. Kind of woke him up. He responded and he really shut the door.”
The Hawkeyes had plenty of chances to score early but stranded 10 runners through the first four innings, including the bases loaded in the second and third.
“We’ve got to come up with the clutch hit,” Iowa coach Jack Daum said. “We’re taking way too many pitches with guys in scoring position.”
The Huskers, winners of six of their last nine games, scored a run in the first after Rich Sanguinetti led off with a double and scored on a single by Pat Kelly. Chad Christensen singled and was forced out on a fielder’s choice, but with two out, Kalkowski slammed his first home run of the season to give NU a 4-0 lead. Nine of Nebraska's runs came with two out.
NU added a run in the fourth on a single from Sanguinetti, who had four hits.
Husker designated hitter Michael Pritchard opened the fifth with a single and Christensen, who had two hits and reached base four times, walked. Blake Headley walked and Lubach slashed a double to right-center field to boost the lead to 8-2.
Iowa (10-15, 1-6) scored two runs on four hits in the third and added a run in the sixth on a pair of doubles. Husker relievers Luke Bublitz and Jeff Chesnut each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Hawkeyes scored twice in the ninth off NU reliever Colton Howell.
NEBRASKA 12, IOWA 5
|Sanguinetti cf||6||1||4||1||Toole cf||5||1||3||0|
|Kelly 2b||6||1||2||2||Goodman lf||5||0||0||0|
|Pritchard dh||5||1||1||0||Yacinich ss||5||1||2||1|
|Christensen lf||3||2||2||0||Kenyon 1b||3||2||2||0|
|Darby rf||4||2||1||0||Kaufman dh||4||1||1||0|
|Kalkowski 1b||4||2||1||3||Hickman ph||1||0||1||1|
|Headley 3b||2||2||1||1||Brand c||4||0||2||0|
|Lubach c||3||0||1||4||Frankos ph||1||0||0||1|
|Edrington ss||4||0||0||1||Zeutenhorst rf||5||0||1||1|
|Scheffert ph||0||1||0||0||Mangler 2b||3||0||1||1|
|Placzek ss||0||0||0||0||Roscetti ph||1||0||0||0|
E--Edrington (5), Brand (2). DP--Iowa 1. LOB--Nebraska 9, Iowa 12. 2B--Sanguinetti (5), Kelly (6), Lubach (1), Toole (2), Yacinich (2). HR--Kalkowski (1). SH--Lubach (3).
|DeLeon W, 3-2||6.0||10||3||3||2||5|
|Kuebel L, 1-6||5.0||8||8||8||3||4|
HBP--by DeLeon (Mangler); by Kuebel (Headley); by Martsching (Kalkowski); by Conrad (Scheffert); by Howell (Kenyon). T--2:47. A--608.