It was fun while it lasted. Nebraska baseball (41-21) fell 4-3 to Cal State-Fullerton which bounces them from the Stillwater, OK regional. Unfortunately, that means the season is over.
Surprisingly, it was the Huskers’ defense that did the Big Red no favors on Sunday. All four Titan runs were scored thanks to three errors and a Bob Greco balk.
CSF jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The Huskers broke through in the top of the fourth as Ryan Boldt was brought in by a Michael Pritchard sac fly. The Nebraska bats would warm up in the top of the sixth as both Steven Reveles and Michael Pritchard singled, advancing Reveles to third.
Pritchard would then steal second before Reveles darted in on a wild pitch. Brian Headley singled up center field bringing Pritchard across for a 3-2 Big Red lead. This edition of the Nebraska baseball team would then have a severe meltdown in the bottom of the seventh.
Two fielding errors and the aforementioned balk brought two CSF runs across, all the Titans needed.
Ironically, it was grand slammer J.D. Davis who shut the door on the Huskers once more. He came in to relieve Grahamm Wiest and thanks to a line out by Jake Plazcek, he bumped Nebraska from the NCAA tournament.
Head coach Darin Erstad broke the 100-win mark this season, his third as the Huskers’ skipper. He now sits at 105-73 overall.
While the season had a disappointing end, you’d have to look back six years to match what Nebraska baseball accomplished this year. While there are some major losses due to eligibility and Husker fans are crossing their fingers that some players stick around, the future appears bright.
It’s hard to say if Erstad is truly the guy that’ll take Nebraska back up I-80 to Omaha, but improvement’s been made every year. Here’s to next season.
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