More zeroes from Husker pitchers. More clutch innings at the plate.
The Nebraska baseball team capped a three-game sweep of Penn State with a pair of wins — 4-2 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2 — Saturday in State College, Pennsylvania.
The Huskers (20-10, 10-2 Big Ten) have played four Big Ten series, and they have swept three of them.
Nebraska broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning of the second game. Joe Acker — who walked, stole second and moved to third on an Angelo Altavilla hit — scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1, and Luke Roskam scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Cam Chick.
But the story of the game was the Husker arms. Starter Nate Fisher and relievers Mike Waldron and Shay Schanaman combined to limit the Nittany Lions to two hits. Waldron pitched three scoreless innings and Schanaman pitched a scoreless ninth.
Nebraska wasn't clicking offensively this weekend, but it held Penn State to a combined five runs.
The NU bullpen was stout, allowing zero runs and three hits in eight innings of work in the three-game set.
"We knew we were in for some tough pitching," NU coach Darin Erstad said on his postgame radio show. "They can really pitch. They had all their main guys throwing, so we left a lot out there. To win two games (Saturday) and have all those scenarios not go in our favor, I guess you call that winning ugly, but it starts on the mound."
Penn State (17-15, 1-10) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of the second game, but Nebraska tied it in the fourth on Luke Roskam's deep double to right-center.
Waldron retired the final seven batters he faced before turning it over to Schanaman, who pitched a perfect ninth.
"The second game of a doubleheader, we tried to jump on them early; it didn't work, but give the guys credit, they kept fighting and found a way," Erstad said.
Spencer Schwellenbach and Aaron Palensky each had two hits in the second game.
The Husker won the first game 4-2.
The Nittany Lions got on top first with an RBI single by Gavin Homer in the first inning, but Nebraska responded with two runs in the third. Mojo Hagge grounded out to score Schwellenbach, and Palensky scored on an error.
After Penn State scored in the fifth, Colby Gomes hit an RBI double in the sixth inning, and Altavilla's sacrifice fly gave the Huskers a decisive 4-2 lead in the seventh.
Reece Eddins pitched seven innings and gave up one earned run.
Nebraska's three league sweeps are its most since 2014 when it had three. NU still has series against Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan.
"We're here to win, and it's going to come in all different ways," Erstad said. "Teams that win, the offense picks up the pitching, pitching picks up the offense, and then you make a few plays. We made some plays defensively.
"You just got to find ways to win, just like last year we found ways to lose."
Erstad said the message to the team after Saturday's sweep was to keep grinding and stay off the high horse.
"We've got a lot of work to do and we can play better," he said.