Nebraska Cornhuskers News: The historic, improbable, inexplicable no-hitter, more

Nebraska's Jackson Brockett delivers a pitch
Nebraska's Jackson Brockett delivers a pitch / Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen /

70 years. That's how long it's been since the Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team managed an individual nine-inning no hitter. 1954 was the last time a member of the Huskers accomplished it.

That's only part of what made Wednesday's performance by Jackson Brockett phenomenal, shocking, outstanding and stunning. How's this for a factoid. Entering Wednesday, Brockett had pitched a total of 5.1 innings this season. In six appearances. He previously posted an earned run average over eight.

He'd allowed more runs (five) than he had strikeouts (three.) And then, against Kansas State, Brockett went nine innings, lowered his season earned run average to 2.50 and had 12 strikeouts to obviously zero runs scored.

The 8-0 win wasn't over a bad Kansas State team either. They entered the night at 26-17 and had an RPI of 32. That's quite a bit better than Creighton, the team the Nebraska Cornhuskers were just swept in the season series against on Tuesday night. The Jays are just 50th in RPI.

In other words, there was no way to see this game coming. It was also exactly what the Huskers needed. It was a mid-week win. It was domination. And it was a shot in the arm that will hopefully resonate in a way that a regular 8-0 win would not.

As the Cornhuskers season speeds towards the final weeks, Jackson Brockett and an offense that looked plenty good too, might have handed Will Bolt's team a turning point.

More Nebraska Cornhuskers news

While most of the state has moved on from last week's tornadoes, there are hundreds of people in the Omaha area who can't just move on because their homes are either gone or severely damaged. It turns out at least one of those people is a member of the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team. Olivia Mauch's family lives in Bennington and had her home hit. She talked this week about how sports is allowing her to focus on something else.

Chief Borders entered the transfer portal this week, just before it closed. On Wednesday night, he posted a goodbye to Nebraska fans, coaches and former teammates.

The Nebraska basketball team got its Big Ten schedule for the upcoming season on Wednesday. Among the most noteworthy matchups are home faceoffs against UCLA and USC. They're also traveling to Oregon and Washington among others.

Just your latest reminder that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are in a whole other world next fall with the addition of four former Pac-12 squads.