The Huskers baseball club (36-18, 17-6 Big Ten) fell for the first time in eight games to Illinois (31-18, 17-6 Big Ten) Friday evening by a score of 5-1. The win ties up the series at one per club.
Tomorrow’s victor clinches second place in the final Big Ten standings heading into the conference tournament.
Blake Headley homered in the second giving Nebraska a 1-0 lead. For a time, it looked like game two would mirror Thursday in terms of defense. Following Headley’s homer, only the Illini’s defense clicked.
Illinois’ Kevin Duchene retired 14 straight Huskers following the single run scored in the second frame.
On the other end, Nebraska’s Aaron Bummer gave up three runs on eight hits including a two-run homer by Adam Walton.
The Big Red had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh with loaded bases and no outs. Ronnie Muck, Duchene’s relief, threw 11 straight strikes to get Illinois out of a major scoring opportunity for the Big Red.
The first pitch of Huskers baseball’s final game against the Illini is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. It can be seen via tape delay at 5:00 p.m. on BTN or BTN2Go.
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