Nebraska Cornhuskers Baseball: Rare midweek win snaps funk

Nebraska's Max Anderson, left, works to secure a ball
Nebraska's Max Anderson, left, works to secure a ball /

The Nebraska Cornhuskers were in a bit of a funk after a sweep to Iowa, but perhaps a victory over Omaha can turn the season around.

For a program like the Nebraska Cornhuskers, midweek games are supposed to be the kind of contests that they dominate. Instead, the Huskers are currently 5-3 in midweek games with a contest against Creighton that is currently 4-4 that was suspended due to in-climate weather. Will Bolt’s boys needed to rally in that game from being down 4-1 in order to tie before the suspension.

On Tuesday, the Huskers built a 3-0 lead in the second inning and never really looked back, eventually going up by a score of 6-2 before surrendering one run in the bottom of the ninth. Of course, considering Omaha had two on in the final frame, things could have gotten a little ugly if Shay Schanaman hadn’t closed the door.

Drew Christo throwing four shutout innings in relief, while striking out 8 was certainly impressive. So was Brice Matthews’ solo homer that gave him 15 on the season. But the real reason this game might matter in the long run is that it could be one that allows the Nebraska Cornhuskers to get back on the winning track.

With a sweep last week in Iowa and that game suspended against Creighton all going down during a time when the baseball team desperately needed to build up wins, it felt as though the season’s trajectory was going the wrong way.

While the Nebraska Cornhuskers didn’t dominate Omaha the way some fans wish they would at least once this season, they got off the snide. They can continue to show that things are moving in the right direction on Wednesday night when they player yet another midweek game against South Dakota State and then head to a weekend tilt with Minnesota that the Nebraska baseball team is going to want to sweep in order to get back in the thick of things in the Big Ten.