The Nebraska baseball (28-17, 10-5 Big Ten) brooms never left the bus as Michigan (19-24-1, 9-9 Big Ten) took advantage of a poor performance by pitcher Aaron Bummer en route to a 7-5 victory. Bummer posted 5.1 innings of play and was responsible for three Wolverine runs that eventually led to a 7-3 advantage in the sixth.
Pat Kelly managed a two-run homer in the seventh, but alas, the sweep wasn’t meant to be and a seven-game road winning streak was snapped.
Nebraska baseball got a rest last week, but the dance card’s full this time. The Huskers face both Creighton and UNO at TD Ameritrade Park next Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. They then head back to Lincoln for a conference series with Penn State.
Let’s have a look at how the Big Ten standings look with another week in the books:
|4. Michigan State||8-7||.533||24-17||.585|
|8. Ohio State||6-9||.400||25-19||.568|
|9. Penn State||5-9||.357||17-23||.425|
The Illini did Nebraska a favor by putting a dent in Indiana’s record via a 2-1 loss. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers didn’t take kindly to it and crushed Illinois 11-3 in game three of their series.
Illinois next goes up against Southern Illinois before clashing with Michigan State at home. The Spartans are 4-4 in their past eight contests, but that record is somewhat deceiving considering three of those losses are to Indiana. Illinois’ visit should make for a spirited series.
Michigan State has the ability to help out Nebraska in a big way even with only two wins.
A series with Penn State’s sluggers should be one that Nebraska baseball can take with ease, but that’s what was said about Northwestern, too.
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