Nebraska Cornhuskers' midweek missteps return in second straight loss

The Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team lost its second straight Tuesday game and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory repeatedly.
Kansas Jayhawks logo at entrance to the field prior to the game
Kansas Jayhawks logo at entrance to the field prior to the game / William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

If the Nebraska Cornhuskers miss the postseason again this year, they will almost certainly be able to blame their mid-week game performances. Even when Will Bolt’s squad is off to its best start in years, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday games continue to be an albatross around the Nebraska Baseball program’s neck.

On Tuesday night, the Nebraska Cornhuskers dropped another mid-week game against a lesser opponent. This time around it was old Big 12 rival Kansas Jayhawks. A Jayhawks squad that entered the night with a 17-18 record on the season.

What’s more annoying than losing a game to an opponent the Huskers had no business losing to is that they handed the game to KU. Nebraska made just two errors in the game, but those errors led to 5 unearned runs. That alone was the difference in the 13-11 loss.

But that also wasn’t enough. Even without those 5 unearned runs, a Nebraska Cornhuskers pitching staff that continues to have depth problems allowed 8 runs. To Kansas. To a team with almost no shot of playing in the postseason beyond possibly the Big 12 tournament.

And then there was the teaser rally in the 9th inning. 

Nebraska Cornhuskers midweek losses keep piling up

Even with a horribly played game that saw 7 Husker pitchers enter and 6 Husker pitchers allow at least one run, it looked like the Cardiac Corn might have another comeback up their sleeves. 

They entered the 9th inning trailing 13-10. After the first NU batter was retired, the Cardiac Corn loaded the bases thanks in large part to two infield singles and scored a run to make it 13-11. 

With the bases still loaded and a comeback on the horizon, Ben Columbus grounded into a double play.

The loss means that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are 3-3 this season in midweek games after going 6-6 a year ago.