Omaha, Neb. - The baseball game between Nebraska and Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament has been postponed to Friday due to stormy weather at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night.
That game will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Ohio State-Maryland game, which will resume on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT). The game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning with Ohio State holding a 3-2 lead over Maryland. "Day 2" tickets (Thursday) are good for the conclusion of Ohio State-Maryland as well as the Nebraska-Iowa game. "Day 3" tickets (Friday) will be valid beginning at 2 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. (CT) at TD Ameritrade Park.
Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (29-20) pounced early in an 8-2 win over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on Wednesday night. The Huskers plated three runs in the first inning and five runs in the third inning.
Starting pitcher Matt Waldron, making his 12th start of the season, went 7.1 innings and matched his career high with nine strikeouts. Waldron has 239 strikeouts in his career, which puts him in fourth place on Nebraska’s career strikeouts list. Mike Waldron and Robbie Palkert each came in for shutout relief appearances.
In the opening frame, the Huskers plated three runs to take the early lead. Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk before Aaron Palensky reached on a one-out error. Angelo Altavilla drove in both of them with a two-run triple, his 150th career hit. Altavilla scored on Joe Acker’s sacrifice fly before a strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom of the first, Waldron struck out the side.
NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the second with three groundouts. Minnesota scored one run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1.
In the top of the third, Nebraska added five runs to extend its lead to 8-1. Cam Chick was hit-by-pitch and stole second after the first out was recorded. With two outs, Altavilla added to his RBI total by driving in Chick with a base hit. Altavilla stole second before Acker drew a walk. Gunner Hellstrom drove in one run with an RBI single before Alex Henwood was hit-by-pitch. Spencer Schwellenbach crushed a three-run double to send the TD Ameritrade Park crowd into a frenzy. A groundout ended NU’s five-run, three-hit frame. Minnesota managed one hit in a scoreless bottom of the third. Waldron recorded two strikeouts during the inning.
The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fourth. Waldron retired all three Gopher batters in the bottom of the fourth.
NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth with a flyout, groundout and strikeout. In the bottom of the fifth, Minnesota went down in order, as Waldron recorded his seventh strikeout of the night.
For the third consecutive inning, Nebraska’s offense was shut down, as the Huskers were retired 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. The Gophers managed one hit in the bottom of the sixth, but left the runner stranded.
In the top of the seventh, Palensky and Altavilla drew back-to-back two-out walks, but a flyout left them stranded in a scoreless frame. Minnesota managed a hit in the bottom of the seventh, but a double play followed by a flyout left the runner on base.
Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the top of the eighth, but left stranded in a scoreless inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Minnesota scored one run to cut the score to 8-2, but left the bases loaded.
In the ninth, Cam Chick reached on an error and stole second, but was left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts. The Gophers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The Huskers face No. 8 seed Iowa in the winners bracket game on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 9:03 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska produced a pair of second-team All-Big Ten selections as the conference announced its postseason honors and award winners on Tuesday. Sophomore outfielder Aaron Palensky received recognition from the Big Ten after leading the Huskers with a .339 batting average in the regular season and a team-high .323 batting average in conference play. Palensky, in his first year at Nebraska, leads the Huskers in hits (65), doubles (11), triples (2), home runs (5) and runs scored (36). He has 20 multi-hit efforts this season, the most on the team, to go along with six multi-RBI performances, tied for second-most on the squad. Freshman Cam Chick earned the designated hitter spot on the second team and the All-Freshman Team. During Big Ten play, Chick hit .316, second-best average on the team in conference play behind only Palensky. For the regular season, Chick compiled 35 hits, two doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He has recorded 10 multi-hit efforts and six multi-RBI showings. Junior outfielder Joe Acker earned Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award for 2019. Acker ranks third on a team with a .286 batting average. He has amassed 40 hits, seven doubles and one triple. Acker’s 13 multi-hit games are tied for the second-most on the team. His eight stolen bases are a team high. Nebraska continues its season on Wednesday when the Huskers open the Big Ten Tournament against No. 4 seed Minnesota at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The game, scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the Big Ten Tournament are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Nebraska’s 2019 All-Big Ten Selections
Second Team: Aaron Palensky (OF)
Second Team: Cam Chick (DH)
All-Freshman Team: Cam Chick (DH)
Sportsmanship Award: Joe Acker
Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg finalized his staff with the hiring of Luca Virgilio as Director of Basketball Operations.
Virgilio comes to Nebraska after spending five seasons at St. John’s, most recently as a management analyst for the Red Storm basketball program for the past two seasons. He was a part of the St. John’s staff which made a pair of NCAA Tournaments (2015 and 2019) in his tenure at the school.
In his role at Nebraska, Virgilio will serve as the primary day-to-day administrator within the basketball office, coordinating team travel and serving as a liaison to administration, academics, HuskerVision, athletic communications, digital communications, marketing and life skills.
In his role as the program’s management analyst, Virgilio was responsible for devising and delivering strategies to improve basketball operations by using advanced knowledge of research methods, information management and quantitative methods to analyze all areas of the program. Virgilio assisted the coaching staff by preparing analytical reports, delivering recommendations, and overseeing the implementation of these strategies for practice and training, style of play, scouting, scheduling and recruiting.
During his time as assistant to the head coach, Virgilio provided support for a variety of daily operations within the program. His responsibilities included managing the team’s schedule, organizing travel, and supervising student-athlete development activities. Virgilio also assisted with the coordination of on-campus recruiting activities, maintaining NCAA compliance-related records and other duties as assigned by the head coach.
He began his tenure as a graduate assistant for two years, where he helped in daily operations, including the team calendar and overseeing the team’s managers. Virgilio also aided both the assistant to the head coach and director of basketball operations with administrative responsibilities and team operations.
Virgilio graduated from St. John’s in May 2016, earning a graduate master’s degree in sport management with a concentration in international dimension of sport. Hailing from Italy, Virgilio earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration at Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre in 2012 and a master’s of science in Business Administration at Tor Vergata School of Economics in 2014.
The Nebraska baseball team earned the No. 5 seed for the Big Ten Tournament this upcoming week at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. In Wednesday's first round, the Huskers will face No. 4 seed Minnesota at 9 p.m. (CT).
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (28-20, 15-9 Big Ten) dropped the regular-season finale to Michigan, 10-8, during the second game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday night.
The Huskers led 5-3 after five innings, but the Wolverines scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Nebraska saw its chance to win the Big Ten regular-season title come to an end, but the Huskers will be among the eight teams at next week’s Big Ten Tournament. Michigan (38-16, 16-7 Big Ten) and Indiana (16-7 Big Ten with one game remaining) will finish ahead of the Huskers, who are currently in third place. The remainder of the Big Ten regular-season finales will take place on Saturday.
On Friday night, Michigan struck first with one run in the top of the opening frame. The two teams were each held scoreless in the second and third before the Wolverines added two runs in the top of the fourth to build a 3-0 lead. NU responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
Mojo Hagge hit a leadoff single and then advanced to second when Cam Chick drew a walk. After a flyout, Angelo Altavilla doubled to drive in both baserunners. Altavilla made it to third base on Joe Acker’s base hit. Gunner Hellstrom singled through the right side to drive in one run. Spencer Schwellenbach drew a walk to load the bases before Alex Henwood’s sacrifice fly brought in Acker.
NU extended its lead to 5-3 with one run in the bottom of the fifth as Cam Chick smashed a solo home run. Michigan bounced back with five runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 8-5. All five Wolverine runs were scored on two home runs.
Michigan added a run on a solo homer in the top of the seventh, but Colby Gomes matched it with his first career home run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wolverines scratched out one run in the top of the eighth to take a 10-6 advantage before the Huskers’ rally attempt in the bottom half of the frame. Altavilla hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth and advanced to second when Hellstrom drew a one-out walk. After a strikeout, Henwood singled to load the bases. Gomes drove in two runs with a single to right field. He advanced to second when Jaxon Hallmark drew a walk. Trailing by two with the bases loaded, Chick lined out to second base.
Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Reece Eddins (5.0 innings), Shay Schanaman (1.0), Mike Waldron (2.0) and Chad Luensmann (1.0).
The Big Ten Tournament bracket will be released on Saturday after all of the scheduled games have ended. The eight-team tournament, to be played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (28-19, 15-8 Big Ten) held Michigan to two hits in a 7-0 win over the Wolverines during the first game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Friday afternoon.
Leading 1-0, Nebraska scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take control of the game. Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 13th start of the season on the mound, threw 6.0 shutout innings and recorded seven strikeouts. For the second consecutive game, Robbie Palkert came out of the bullpen, this time throwing 2.0 perfect innings and notched three strikeouts. Max Schreiber tossed the final 1.0 inning for the Big Red.
The Huskers compiled 12 hits as a team, with multi-hit efforts from Spencer Schwellenbach (3), Jaxon Hallmark (2), Aaron Palensky (2), Gunner Hellstrom (2) and Alex Henwood (2).
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, Nebraska plated one run in the bottom of the third. Cam Chick hit a leadoff single before advancing to third on Palensky’s base hit. After a wild pitch advanced Palensky to second base, Joe Acker’s groundout drove in Chick for the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hellstrom laced a leadoff single before Schwellenbach’s base hit to put two runners on. Keegan Watson pinch ran for Hellstrom. Henwood reached on a bunt single and an errant throw by the Wolverine third baseman allowed Watson to score.
Following a strikeout, Hallmark smashed a three-run home run to left field, driving in Henwood and Schwellenbach. After a flyout, Palensky blistered a solo home run.
NU added one run in the bottom of the eighth. Henwood singled in the leadoff spot before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch.
The second game of the doubleheader, set for 8:02 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Lincoln, Neb. – Tied 2-2, Nebraska (27-19, 14-8 Big Ten) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh on its way to a 5-2 win over Michigan at Hawks Field on Thursday night.
Michigan (37-15, 15-6 Big Ten) retains its lead in the conference standings, but things have tightened up. Nebraska is in a three-way tie for third with Illinois and Minnesota at 14-8, while Indiana is in second place at 15-7.
During Thursday night’s series opener, Michigan scored one run in the top of the first, as each of the first three Wolverine batters reached base. Michigan added one run in the top of the second to build a 2-0 lead, but Nebraska responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to tie it up.
Luke Roskam hit a leadoff single in the second before Joe Acker’s single advanced him to third. Roskam scored when Angelo Altavilla reached on a fielder’s choice. Altavilla stole second on a strikeout and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Alex Henwood drove him in with an RBI single to center field.
Both teams were held scoreless for the next four innings before NU broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh. Altavilla drew a leadoff walk before Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch to put two runners on. Henwood bunted and the Michigan pitcher committed a throwing error on his attempt to put out Altavilla at third. As the ball rolled into the outfield, Altavilla and Schwellenbach each scored, while Henwood advanced to second.
Henwood made it to third on a sacrifice bunt by Colby Gomes before a strikeout. Cam Chick singled through the right side to drive in Henwood and give the Huskers a three-run lead.
Senior right-hander Matt Waldron, making his 11th start of the season, went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs. Robbie Palkert threw 1.1 innings of relief before Gomes pitched the final 1.0 inning to earn his team-high 11th save of the season.
The Huskers and Wolverines meet for a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. The second game will begin at 8:02 p.m. and be televised on the Big Ten Network. Fans should use Friday’s game ticket to get into both games. Fans with a Saturday ticket can use it for general admission entry on Friday.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (26-19) took down Arizona State in the series rubber match, 8-5, at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Reece Eddins earned his team-high sixth win of the season as he went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs, while recording three strikeouts. Mike Waldron came on for 1.2 innings of relief before Shay Schanaman tossed the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season. Senior Alex Henwood produced a career-high three hits, which included a home run and a double. Angelo Altavilla and Aaron Palensky also tallied multi-hit efforts as each of them had two hits. Nebraska took the early lead with one run in the bottom of the first as Cam Chick blasted a solo home run to right field. Arizona State responded with three runs in the top of the second, but the Huskers tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Altavilla drew a leadoff walk before Henwood smacked a two-run home run to right field. Tied 3-3, the two teams played a scoreless third inning and fourth inning before NU plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot and then advanced to third with Henwood’s one-out double. Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Colby Gomes drew a walk to put two runners on before Jaxon Hallmark annihilated a three-run home run to left field. ASU’s Trevor Hauver hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-4. The Sun Devils added a run in the top of the eighth when Lyle Lin hit his second home run of the game, also a solo shot. NU responded in the bottom of the eighth with one run. Palensky hit a leadoff single before stealing second. Altavilla laced an RBI double to bring in Palensky and give the Huskers an insurance run. The Huskers conclude their regular season next week when they host Michigan at Hawks Field for a three-game series, Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s series opener is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT). All three games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (25-19) bounced back in Game 2 of its series against Arizona State, winning by a 2-1 margin over the Sun Devils at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers never trailed in the game, scoring one run in the third and one run in the fourth inning.
Senior Nate Fisher picked up his fifth win of the season, throwing 5.1 innings and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. Robbie Palkert tossed 2.2 scoreless innings and fanned six Sun Devils to tie his career-best strikeout total. Freshman Colby Gomes earned his team-high 10th save of the season by pitching the final 1.0 inning.
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, Nebraska struck first with one run in the bottom of the third. Mojo Hagge hit a one-out single before stealing second during the next at-bat. Aaron Palensky was intentionally walked to put two runners on. Luke Roskam laced an RBI single to center field to drive in Hagge and give the Huskers the lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, NU added one run to extend its lead to 2-0. Angelo Altavilla hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on Alex Henwood’s one-out single. Gomes drove in Altavilla with an RBI single down the left field line.
After a scoreless fifth inning, ASU got on the board when Spencer Torkelson hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth. Palkert entered the game during the inning with one out and runners on first and second. He struck out his first batter before a wild pitch advanced the two runners to second and third. A walk loaded the bases, but the Husker defense escaped from the inning with a fielder’s choice groundout.
The Sun Devils went down in order in the top of the seventh before leaving a runner stranded on third in the top of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, ASU’s leadoff hitter singled before NU recorded the first out on a fielder’s choice. Drew Swift hit one to deep left field that looked like it might go over the fence before Hagge caught it against the wall and saved it. With two outs, Gomes struck out the next batter to end the game.
The Huskers and Sun Devils conclude their series on Sunday, starting at 1:05 p.m. (CT).