Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (15-9, 5-2 Big Ten) delivered a first-inning knockout punch with six runs in the opening frame and pitched a shutout for the second consecutive game, as the Huskers throttled the Boilermakers, 17-0, at Hawks Field on Friday night. It marked Head Coach Darin Erstad’s 250th win at Nebraska.
Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his fifth start of the season, recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in 7.0 scoreless innings. He allowed only four hits and no walks. Waldron surpassed 200 career strikeouts and moved into eighth place on Nebraska’s career strikeouts list with 208 after his performance on Friday night.
The Husker offense smashed 19 hits, as seven Huskers tallied multi-hit efforts. Joe Acker and Mojo Hagge each led the way with three hits apiece, while five other Huskers had two-hit games.
NU scored six runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Acker hit a leadoff single before Aaron Palensky drew a walk. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Carter Cross delivered a two-RBI single. Keegan Watson was hit-by-pitch and Angelo Altavilla was walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one run. Cam Chick drove in one run with an RBI single before another run scored via wild pitch. Chick scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Nebraska added two runs in the bottom of the second to build an 8-0 lead. Palensky smacked a leadoff double before Mojo Hagge drove him with an RBI single up the middle. Later in the inning, Hagge scored on Altavilla’s RBI single.
The Huskers manufactured five more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chick launched a leadoff home run, the first of his career to start the inning. Seven of the next eight Huskers got on base with four doubles, two singles and a walk. Gunner Hellstrom and Hagge each had two-RBI doubles during the frame.
NU tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Ben Klenke pitched the final 2.0 innings and recorded two strikeouts, while allowing only one hit. Purdue falls to 10-18 this season, with a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play.
The Huskers and Boilermakers continue their series on Saturday, starting at 2:05 p.m. (CT) at Hawks Field.
McCallum, a sophomore from Norfolk, Neb., who has played most of the season for injured returning starter Barret Pickering, waited through three icing timeouts from Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald. McCallum's kick was true through the middle of the uprights setting off an on-field celebration in a gutsy win for the Big Red, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
McCallum's kick was just the second walk-off winning kick by Nebraska in the history of Memorial Stadium, joining Josh Brown's walk-off winner in a 34-32 win over Colorado on Nov. 24, 2000. It was just the third walk-off win overall by Nebraska in the history of the Big Red's 96-year-old landmark. The other was a Hail Mary pass from backup quarterback Ron Kellogg to Jordan Westerkamp for an unforgettable 27-24 win over Northwestern on Nov. 2, 2013.
Saturday's game-winning drive was also engineered by a reserve quarterback, as Noah Vedral led the Huskers to victory in the fourth quarter after taking over for an injured Adrian Martinez. Vedral's final drive covered 42 yards in six plays and just one minute, after a heroic interception by Husker senior defensive back Lamar Jackson on Northwestern's final offensive play of the game. It was the only turnover in an old-fashioned defensive slugfest.
The biggest offensive play of the final drive came on a 32-yard strike from Vedral to Wan'Dale Robinson. The freshman wide receiver/running back carried the offensive load for the Huskers from start to finish, hauling in seven receptions for a career-high 123 yards. He also led the Huskers with seven carries for 44 yards, including a highlight-reel 42-yard touchdown burst in the first quarter to give Nebraska an early lead.
On a sunny but windy day inside Memorial Stadium, Nebraska used a gusty wind at its back in the first quarter as an advantage to take a 7-0 lead. However, Nebraska's touchdown did not come through the air but on the nimble legs of Robinson, who made a spectacular cut to create space for himself just beyond the line of scrimmage and run untouched down the Husker sideline to the south end zone. Nebraska took a 7-0 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter, as Robinson's run capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive that put the Huskers in the driver's seat.
The Blackshirts pitched a shutout for the rest of the first quarter, and Nebraska's offense capitalized while going against the wind in the second quarter. The Huskers used a 35-yard McCallum field goal with 8:24 left in the half to push their lead to 10-0. McCallum's field goal put the finishing touches on a 10-play, 61-yard drive that consumed 5:10.
On the ensuing kickoff, Northwestern return man Riley Lees uncorked a 50-yard return to put the Wildcats at Husker 45 to open the drive. Northwestern operated in full attack mode, but the Blackshirts held the Cats to just 23 yards on nine plays before Charlie Kuhbander snuck a 40-yard field goal inside the left upright to cut Nebraska's lead to 10-3 with 5:15 left in the half.
The defenses held the rest of the quarter to send the Huskers to halftime with a 10-3 lead.
In the third quarter, Northwestern kept the wind at its back and took advantage on its first possession, going 58 yards on six plays capped by quarterback Aidan Smith's two-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 10 with 11:20 left. Smith finished his day as the game's leading rusher with 64 yards on 16 carries with one score against a tough-minded Blackshirt unit. Smith also completed 19-of-32 passes for 136 yards, but the Huskers made the Wildcats pay for his interception with one minute left.
Jackson finished with four tackles to go along with his interception, while linebackers Mohamed Barry and Collin Miller each led the Huskers with eight stops on the day. Marquel Dismuke and JoJo Domann both pitched in seven stops, while defensive tackle Darrion Daniels played a strong game inside with six stops, including a TFL.
The Huskers mounted a threat late in the third quarter, ignited by a 49-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass to Robinson. However, the drive stalled just inside the red zone, and McCallum hit the right upright on the potential go-ahead field goal, sending the game to the fourth quarter tied at 10.
On Nebraska's final play of the third quarter, Martinez limped off the field after trying to fight for an extra yard to stretch for a first down on a third-down conversion. Martinez finished 13-of-20 passing for 145 yards, while adding 26 rushing yards on nine carries against a stout Wildcat defense.
Vedral stepped up to the challenge in the final quarter, completing 2-of-5 passes for 41 yards while adding seven carries for 33 yards, including two carries for 13 total yards on Nebraska's final two plays from scrimmage to put McCallum in the dead middle of the field at the 7-yard-line.
Nebraska's win over Northwestern, which slipped to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten, marked the sixth time in nine Big Ten meetings that the game between the Huskers and Wildcats was decided by a field goal or less. The teams are 3-3 in those six games.
Nebraska, which has equaled its win total from each of the previous two seasons returns to Big Ten road action next week to take on Minnesota. Kick-off between the Huskers and the Golden Gophers is set for 6:30 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.
Nebraska 13, Northwestern 10
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Attendance: 89,384 (372nd consecutive sellout)
First Quarter (NEB 7-0)
4:25 - NEB - Wan'Dale Robinson 42 run (Lane McCallum kick) - 8 plays, 70 yards, 3:47 - NEB 7-0
Second Quarter (NEB 10-3)
8:24 - NEB - McCallum 35 FG - 10 plays, 61 yards, 5:10 - NEB 10-0
5:15 - NU - Charlie Kuhbander 40 FG - 9 plays, 23 yards, 3:00 - NEB 10-3
Third Quarter (10-10)
11:20 - NU - Aidan Smith 2 run (Kuhbander kick) - 6 plays, 58 yards, 1:55 - 10-10
Fourth Quarter (13-10)
0:00 - NEB - McCallum 24 FG - 6 plays, 42 yards, 1:00 - NEB 13-10
Time of Game: 3:12
Aurora host Northwest on Friday. We'll have the Husky broadcast on the Wolf. Get the Northwest perspective on 103.1 2-Day-FM.
Tim Elge Post Game Interivew
Lincoln -- Glynn Watson Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds, as Nebraska built a 23-point halftime lead and cruised to a 73-49 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.
Watson hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor and tied his career high with nine rebounds to pace the Big Red, who bounced back from its first loss of the season.
James Palmer Jr. added 19 points for Nebraska (5-1) which won its 15th straight home game dating back to last season.
Nebraska held Western Illinois to 30.6 shooting, as the Leathernecks (2-4) scored a season-low 49 points, over 30 points beneath their season average.
The Huskers took control in the first half, overcoming a slow start en route to building a 40-17 halftime lead. Nebraska used runs of 13-0 and 19-0 to seize momentum, as NU shot 57 percent from the field and outrebounded the Leathernecks, 25-12, in the opening stanza.
Trailing 9-4, the Husker defense took control, holding WIU without a point for 8:47 while reserves Nana Akenten and Brady Heiman keyed the run with five of the Huskers’ 13 straight points.
Palmer then got going for the Big Red, scoring eight of his 12 first-half points to begin the run, as Palmer and Watson combined for 15 of the Huskers’ 19 points. Nebraska built its largest lead of the half at 38-14 off a Tanner Borchardt hook shot with 32 seconds left in the half.
Nebraska took any remaining suspense out by scoring the first 10 points of the second half, pushing the margin to 50-17 after a Watson 3-pointer with 17:41 left.
C.J. Duff led Western Illinois with 13 points, while Isaac Johnson added nine points and six boards in a losing effort.
The Huskers return to action Monday night as they take on Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff from Littlejohn Coliseum is at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Husker Sports Network.
McCook NE - Despite trailing late in the fourth quarter. Wauneta-Palisade overcame the deficit and was able to survive and beat Dundy County-Stratton 36-33. With the win Wauneta-Palisade now 20-5 heading into the State Tournament. Meanwhile Dundy County-Stratton season ends at 16-8.
Dalton Harchelroad 9
Duncan Rector 7
Dennis Cavanaugh 7
Cord Lee 4
Ben Anderjaska 4
Caid Doetker 3
Joel Maris 2
Dundy County-Stratton Scoring
Michael Frederick 15
Cade Lutz 7
Jacob Krutsinger-Haines 6
Quade Myers 3
Lane Schillington 2
End of 1 Halftime End of 3 Final
Wauneta-Palisade 8 18 22 36
DCS 8 24 29 33
The Wauneta-Palisade Bronco Football Team finished with a 7-2 record and a playoff berth in 2018. The Broncos lost six seniors from last years team, but do return a fair share of experience but not as deep in positions as years past. Wauneta-Palisade will have their work cut out for them this season as they start things off with a road trip to Hitchcock County to take on an experienced and more improved Falcon football team. Listen to the game on Friday, August 30th from 105.3 Coyote Country and online coyote105.com. Full interview with Wauneta-Palisade Co-Head Football Coach Randy Geier below.
Wauneta Palisade at Hitchcock County Recap 8-30-19
A total of eight McCook Community College softball games scheduled for this week have been postponed. In addition a pair of road doubleheaders at Lamar, Colo., scheduled for later this month has been moved up so the Lady Indians can get in a couple doubleheaders in Colorado Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday’s game at Columbus against Central Community College was postponed and rescheduled for April 1 at 1 and 3 p.m.
Friday’s scheduled home game with Lamar Community College was postponed to March 29 at noon and 2 p.m. Also MCC’s four-game series at Lamar scheduled for March 30 and 31 were moved up to this weekend so the two teams will play in Lamar Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (MT) and again Friday a 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (MT)
Saturday’s game at Beatrice against Southeast Community College was postponed until April 8 at 3 and 5 p.m.
Sunday’s home game against Central Community College was postponed until April 24 at 1 and 3 p.m.
Next week the schedule calls for a home doubleheader March 14 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. against North Platte Community College in the annual Purple Out games to raise money and awareness for epilepsy.
The Lady Indians are also scheduled to host Southeast Community College March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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Because of weather, and field conditions, the McCook Community College softball team has cancelled Sunday’s games at home against Colby Community College. No make-up dates have been set.
Also MCC’s scheduled game at Columbus Monday has been moved to Tuesday. Games are set at 1 and 3 p.m. Central Community College had to move those games because they had to postpone Saturday’s games with North Platte and push them back to Monday.
Next on the schedule for the Lady Indians is a four-game series at home April 6-7 against Northeastern Junior College. Doubleheaders are set for both days starting at 1 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.