Two Run Seventh Leads #2 Nebraska to Doubleheader Sweep of KU
March 25, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. –
No. 2 Nebraska (17-2, 2-0 Big 12) broke a 1-1 tie with two seventh inning runs to defeat Kansas, 4-1, (16-10, 1-4 Big 12) in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Lincoln, Neb. The victory was the Cornhuskers’ 13th straight.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Bryce Nimmo started the Huskers decisive seventh inning when he reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second with one out. Dylan Parzyk’s throw to second sailed high allowing Nimmo to advance to third on an error. After Ryan Wehrle broke the tie with a single to score Nimmo, Don Czyz replaced KU’s starter Ricky Farichild.
After recording one out, Czyz allowed an RBI single to Brandon Buckman to give the Huskers a 3-1 advantage. Nebraska added another run in the eighth inning when Steven Edlefsen doubled to left center scoring Jeff Christy. The earned run was only the second allowed by Czyz this season.
Senior Ricky Fairchild (4-2) was credited with the loss for the Jayhawks despite pitching 6 2/3 strong innings. Fairchild scattered seven hits and struck out three batters. Czyz pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits.
Kansas started the game with a run in the top of the first inning. A walk to junior Kyle Murphy followed by a single by senior Ritchie Price and walk to Jared Schweitzer loaded the bases for senior Gus Milner. Milner hit a deep fly ball that allowed Murphy to trot home on a sacrifice fly.
Nebraska tied the game with an RBI ground out in the bottom of the first. Nimmo led off the inning with a double and moved up to third on a ground out before scoring.
Tony Watson (4-1) and Brett Jensen held KU to three hits and combined to strikeout 12 Jayhawks in earning the win and save, respectively. The save was Jensen’s fourth of the season.
KU senior Kodiak Quick (3-2, 1.96 ERA) will face Nebraska sophomore Johnny Dorn (3-1, 3.33 ERA) in the series finale set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Game Notes: Temperature at first pitch was 39-degrees … KU is now 3-3 in doubleheader games this season … KU is 0-9 when being out-hit by an opponent this season.