From here on out, the Nebraska baseball team (33-17, 14-5 Big Ten) can afford few losses. It stepped up Saturday with a 5-3 win in the first game of its series against Michigan State (26-21, 8-11 Big Ten).
Pitcher Chance Sinclair did all he could do to set up the Big Red for victory, ultimately improving to 8-1 this season. The Husker defense was able to work with what he did give up through seven innings (three runs on six hits).
Another Husker pitcher posted a significant mark as Josh Roeder chalked up save No. 11, the best by a player since 2006 when Brett Jensen shut the door 13 times.
Pat Kelly was the star for Nebraska baseball at the plate yet again going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs, recording his first career two-double game.
The Big Red jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third looking like it may coast to victory. The Spartans looked to rally in the bottom of the fifth knocking in the aforementioned three runs, but Sinclair was able to stop the bleeding.
Kelly decked a double to open the eighth inning before Tanner Lubach reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Kelly to give Nebraska the winning run.
Illinois clinched its series against Iowa with 4-1 and 5-1 wins respectively. This moves them into the No. 2 position in the Big Ten standings with the Huskers’ later start. Meanwhile, Indiana has been demolishing Penn State to the tune of 10-1 and 8-1 victories keeping their No. 1 spot in tact.
The first pitch for Nebraska’s second tilt of the weekend against Michigan State is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
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