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Red beats White in first game of baseball series as Bunz, Sartori lead the way; Huskers add to 2023 recruiting class

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Koty Frank threw five shutout innings and struck out seven to lead his Red team to a 4-1 win over the White squad in the first game of the Nebraska baseball team's Red-White series at Haymarket Park.

Frank gave up just two hits and didn't walk anyone during the seven-inning game.

Lincoln Southwest product Luke Sartori, a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to power the Red offense. Redshirt freshman Garrett Anglim of Papillion and true freshman Max Peterson, also a Lincoln Southwest alum, each had a hit and scored a run.

Max Anderson was 1-for-3 with a double, and opened the scoring with a sac fly to deep center in the third inning.

Sartori's two-run single in the fourth inning gave the Red a 4-0 lead.

The White's only run came in the bottom of the seventh, when freshman Josh Caron greeted classmate Drew Christo with a first-pitch home run to dead center.

The series continues Tuesday and Wednesday, with first pitch for both days scheduled for 3:30 p.m. 

Admission is free, and limited concessions are available. The games are will also be streamed on Nebraska baseball's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Canadian pitcher commits: The Nebraska baseball team has added a Canadian pitcher to its 2023 recruiting class.

Griffin Howell, a right-hander from Tecumseh, Ontario, announced on social media Monday he would play his college ball for the Huskers.

Howell becomes the second Nebraska recruit north of the border in the 2023 class, joining outfielder Matt Evans, and the fourth Canadian (Core Jackson, Caleb Clark) to pledge to Will Bolt's program since the 2021 cycle. He is the seventh player to commit to Nebraska's 2023 class,

Howell, 16, has a fastball that tops out at 89 mph and sits around 86, according to Prep Baseball Report.

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

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Assistant sports editor/high schools

A Ravenna native, Chris Basnett joined the Journal Star in 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience covering prep, college, and professional sports.

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