Nebraska baseball begins a tough slate of games this weekend.
There is no doubt that pitching is a major weakness for Nebraska baseball. After picking up a win on Friday, Nebraska baseball lost the other two games in their series against Baylor. Heading into a different slate of games, beginning with San Diego this weekend, they will go with the same starting rotation.
That is not necessarily a bad thing, as these players could certainly use a second chance to make a first impression. The guy I am looking forward to taking the mound again is Gareth Stroh. When you talk about inconsistencies and pitching, Nebraska baseball is going to need an anchor on the staff. He could certainly be that anchor as they look to stabilize the rest of the rotation.
In the season-opener against Baylor last Friday Gareth Stroh did decently well. He recorded the victory in 5 1/3 innings pitched, giving up eight hits and five runs, four of which were earned. He walked one and struck out four. He threw 77 pitches in that timeframe. Those numbers aren’t great, but he did at least record the victory. I would love to see him be able to limit his hits and runs against San Diego on Friday.
For what it’s worth, San Diego comes into Friday’s match up extremely hot. After losing their opener against Pepperdine last Friday, they got things together quickly. They beat Oregon, Minnesota, and UC Irvine rather handily. Beating UC Irvine 9-1 on Tuesday, they come into this game with a ton of momentum. Stroh certainly have what his work cut out for him.
what I’m looking for on Friday is that he is conscious of his pitch count. Nebraska baseball is going to need him to go deep. He is becoming the ace of the staff. I know it’s too early to predict that, but the other pitchers in last weekend’s series against Baylor didn’t perform up to par. That’s not to say that they won’t do so this weekend. Stroh just quickly established himself as the top dog in the rotation.
Nebraska baseball certainly needs to rebound, beginning on Friday. If they can at least keep the game close through the first couple of innings, then they will have a chance to win. Against a tough San Diego team, I am hopeful that Nebraska can at least put something positive together in order to gain momentum for the rest of the weekend.