Huskers falter late in loss at Texas

2013-02-22T23:05:00Z 2013-02-23T17:17:05Z Huskers falter late in loss at TexasLincoln Journal Star

Nebraska saw a 2-0 lead disappear and Texas rear its head as the Longhorns earned an 8-2 victory in the opening game of a three-game college baseball series Friday in Austin, Texas.

The series continues with games at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

The Huskers (0-5) scored two runs in the second inning on a string of four hits, including a run-scoring double by Josh Scheffert.

But Texas (4-1) scored a run on three consecutive hits in the fourth and chased Husker starter Brandon Pierce in the sixth, when he walked three and gave up a two-run, two-out single to Codey McElroy that gave Texas a 3-2 lead.

Nebraska relievers then fizzled in the eighth, when Texas scored five runs on three hits, two walks, two hit batters and a passed ball.

The Huskers fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1976.

“This was a great college atmosphere and it was a good game, but got a little sideways at the end,” Husker coach Darin Erstad said. “There was no lack of effort on our boys’ part. We’ve got to keep grinding and we’ll get rewarded.”

Longhorn closer Corey Knabel finished off the final two innings, allowing two hits and striking out six.

“It took us a while to get going, but that’s expected with a cold night (51 degrees) and the pitchers having that advantage,” said Texas coach Augie Garrido, who picked up his 700th victory as Texas' coach and the 1,851st in his coaching career.

“We had the two rallies that went just right for us,” Garrido said. “Corey (McElroy) got a big hit in the right place, and we finally got it done in the eighth inning with some patience.”

Nebraska scored when Blake Headley singled and came home on Scheffert’s hit to left field. Scheffert scored after singles by Austin Darby and Tanner Lubach. Scheffert, a senior from Lincoln Southeast, finished with three hits, including two doubles.

Pierce (0-2) was strong throughout his start. He gave up five hits and three runs, walked four and struck out two.

“Brandon did a great job and we asked a lot of him after last week having to come out here in front of his home state, and he handled it well,” Erstad said. “He needs to build off that.”

Nebraska had the tying run on base in the seventh and eighth innings with two out but failed to score.

Christian DeLeon will start for NU on Saturday and Ryan Hander will start Sunday’s game.

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