Nebraska crept closer but still could only watch as C.J. Hinojosa singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to give Texas a 4-3 baseball victory in Austin, Texas.
Erich Weiss doubled with one out, then scored on Hinojosa's single. The loss dropped Nebraska to 0-6 this season. Texas will go for a three-game series sweep at noon Sunday.
Nebraska tied the game 3-3 in the eighth when Chad Christensen walked, advanced to third on a single by Pat Kelly and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kash Kalkowski.
The Huskers were strong at the beginning behind Christian DeLeon, a junior college transfer who allowed five hits and two runs and struck out seven in six innings.
Texas took a 2-0 lead when Codey McElroy doubled in a run in the second, and Taylor Stell doubled and scored on a sacrifice bunt in the third.
Austin Darby singled, advanced on an error and scored on a double by Bryan Peters to give the Huskers a run in the fifth. Nebraska tied the game 2-2 in the seventh. Josh Scheffert singled, advanced on an infield single by Darby and scored on a two-out, two-strike base hit by pinch-hitter Blake Headley.
Texas took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on four walks given up by three different Husker pitchers.
“They outplayed us in so many ways,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “Their starter took us out of our hitting plan and we had to see what we were made out of late in the game.”
The Huskers blew chances to score in the fourth and in the ninth on missed bunt attempts.
“We’ve got to coach better on executing in the tough situations,” Husker coach Darin Erstad said. “We have to work on techniques, like breathing, because you can see tightness at the plate and in the field, and that’s going to happen when things aren’t going your way.”
Dylan Vogt, the sixth NU pitcher, took the loss, while Chad Hollingsworth, the seventh Longhorn pitcher, earned the victory.
Erstad said he was pleased with the pitching of DeLeon and reliever Josh Roeder.
“DeLeon showed that the big time was not going to bother him and Roeder did a fantastic job the last two times out,” Erstad said.
TEXAS 4, NEBRASKA 3
|Peters dh||3||0||1||1||Moynihan dh||5||0||0||0|
|Headley ph||2||0||1||1||Stell if||4||1||2||0|
|Lubach c||5||0||0||0||Weiss 3b||3||1||2||0|
|Christensen rf||3||1||2||0||Payton rf||2||0||0||2|
|Kelly 2b||3||0||2||0||Hinojosa ss||5||0||2||1|
|Kalkowski 1b||3||0||0||1||Felts c||3||1||0||0|
|Scheffert 3b||4||1||1||0||B. Marlow 2b||4||0||1||0|
|Placzek ss||2||0||0||0||Carter 3b||0||0||0||0|
|Sanguinetti cf||3||0||0||0||McElroy 1b||3||0||1||1|
|Kildow if||1||0||0||0||Hall cf||2||1||0||0|
E--Payton (1). DP--Texas 3. LOB--Nebraska 8, Texas 12. 2B--Peters (1), Stell (1), Weiss (2), Marlow (1), McElroy (2). S--Placzek (1), Payton (3). SF--Kalkowski (1 ). SB--Felts (1), Hall (2). CS--Stell (1).
|Vogt (L 0-2)||1||2||1||1||1||1|
|Hollingsworth (W 2-0)||1/3||0||0||0||0||0|
HBP--by Peters (Sanguinetti). WP--DeLeon, Urban. T--3:11. A--6,718.