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Pitching dominance in Red-White series 'a good reminder' for Will Bolt, Huskers

Pitching dominance in Red-White series 'a good reminder' for Will Bolt, Huskers

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Red-White series, 10.13

Nebraska's Emmett Olson delivers to the plate with Brice Matthews on second base on Wednesday in the third game of the Red-White Series at Haymarket Park. 

One more day of dominant pitching brought the Red-White Series to an end for the Nebraska baseball team Wednesday at Haymarket Park.

The Red team won 7-1 to win the series 2-1.

Seven Huskers pitchers combined to strike out 20 batters, one day after NU pitching recorded 22 strikeouts. Red starter Emmett Olson had seven strikeouts while White starter Dawson McCarville settled down after a rocky first inning to strike out five.

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That was a welcome sight for NU coach Will Bolt, who saw Nebraska's hitters outperform the pitchers for much of the fall.

"I thought, the first two days in particular, it was good to see the pitching step up to the plate. Because it had been a little bit of the opposite," Bolt said. "And from that end of it, it's a good reminder that we do have really good arms, and we have guys that can throw strikes and change speeds."

The Red got all the scoring it would need in the top of the first inning, including a little help from pitch count limitations.

Two singles and two walks brought in two runs for the Red, with freshman Core Jackson delivering an RBI single to score Max Anderson, who singled earlier in the inning. 

A wild pitch on a strikeout scored a second run, and after McCarville issued a second walk to put two runners on, the half-inning was called with McCarville sitting at 33 pitches. The Red team was awarded two unearned runs for the two runners still on base.

Efry Cervantes delivered the White team's only run with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.

The Red's other runs came on a Jack Steil home run in the second inning that rode the breeze over the left-field wall, and Griffin Everitt's two-run shot to left in the fifth inning of the six-inning contest.

The Huskers will now scale back their offseason workouts for the next four weeks before going on hiatus until the calendar turns to 2022.

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


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Husker men's basketball/baseball reporter

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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