Huskers lose nightcap
Lincoln - Michael Pritchard extended his hitting streak to 21 games, but the rest of the night belonged to CSU Bakersfield, as the Roadrunners salvaged a doubleheader split with a 10-2 win in Saturday's second game in front of 5,111 fans at Hawks Field.
A sophomore from Omaha, Pritchard finished 1-for-3 to extend his career-long hitting streak to 21 games. Pritchard's hitting streak is the fifth-longest in Husker history. Senior Kale Kiser, who produced the game-winning single in the 11th inning of Nebraska's game-one victory, added two hits of his own as part of a 3-for-3 effort that included an RBI. The Huskers were only out-hit 10-8 in the loss, but stranded eight runners.
Junior right-hander Brandon Pierce (5-2) took the loss, suffering his first defeat since Feb. 9. Pierce's personal five-game winning streak was snapped, as he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits over 5.2 innings. Sophomore Jon Keller pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on only two hits. With the loss, Nebraska fell to 28-16 on the year.
Left-hander Jeff McKenzie (4-4) earned the win for CSU Bakersfield, which improved to 19-20 on the season. McKenzie fell just short of a complete-game effort, throwing 140 pitches while scattering eight hits and surrendering two runs in 8.1 innings.
CSU Bakersfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk and an infield single put Roadrunners on first and second with no outs, before Tyler Shyrock belted a three-run homer down the right-field line.
Nebraska got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Junior Richard Stock began the frame with a single, and classmate Chad Christensen moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt and wound up safe at first as the ball came out of the first baseman's glove on the tag attempt. Kiser then advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, before classmate Cory Burleson scored Stock with an RBI ground out that cut the lead to 3-1.
The Roadrunners immediately answered back in the top of the third, as a leadoff walk and an error cost the Huskers a run on a one-out, RBI ground out.
CSU Bakersfield added four runs with two outs in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to 8-1. The inning began with an infield single before the next two hitters were quickly retired. Back-to-back two-out walks loaded the bases before Jordie Hein produced a two-run double and Kevin Younger followed with a two-run triple.
In the bottom of the sixth, Stock reached on a four-pitch one-out walk, before freshman Blake Headley followed with a single to right. Kiser then drove in Stock with an RBI single to left to cut the lead to 8-2.
Another RBI triple pushed the lead back to seven two batters into the top of the seventh, before a sacrifice fly gave the Roadrunners a 10-2 lead.
Nebraska spoiled McKenzie's bid for a complete game when Kiser led off the bottom of the ninth with his third hit of the game, before senior Bryan Peters followed with a one-out single to put runners at first and third. Reliever Jordan Camacho entered the game and coaxed a game-ending double play.
Nebraska and CSU Bakersfield wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Sophomore left-hander Zach Hirsch will get the start on the mound for the Huskers, while the Roadrunners' starter is to-be-determined.
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