Unfortunately, Nebraska baseball’s return to the NCAA postseason was met with unpleasantness when it was time to pitch. Going up against Cal State-Fullerton, the game had all the makings of a pitcher’s duel as Nebraska’s Chance Sinclair and CSF’s Thomas Eschleman kept things tense for six innings.
Ryan Boldt would break through with a lead-off triple in the bottom of the sixth and eventually help the Huskers lead 1-0 following an Austin Darby ground out. Michael Pritchard and Pat Kelly would both hit a single making it look like the Big Red had busted through.
Sadly, it was not meant to be.
One of the key moments in the game came when CSF’s Keegan Dale reached on a crucial fielding error. He’d eventually be brought around the bases tying the game. Both teams had the opportunity to do damage with the bases loaded, but it would be the Titans that took advantage.
Darby and Pritchard provided easy outs stranding their three teammates.
In the top of the eighth, CSF had their chance and hit the jackpot via a J.D. Davis grand slam. At that point, the game was done. The wind was taken out of the Big Red’s sails and the Titans knew they’d dealt the final blow.
Nebraska baseball will play Binghamton tomorrow at 12:00 p.m..
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