A two-run home run from freshman Pat Kelly and six solid innings on the mound from freshman Kyle Kubat led Nebraska to a 4-3 win over Minnesota Friday night at Hawks Field.
The Huskers (30-19, 10-9 Big Ten) and Gophers are now tied for fifth place in the Big Ten standings with a 10-9 league record while Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State are all one-game ahead of the Huskers and Gophers with an 11-8 record.
Kelly's sixth home run of the year, the most by a freshman since Chad Christensen also hit six in 2010, put the Huskers up 4-1 in the fourth.
Kubat improved to 4-0, charged with three runs, all unearned, on six hits and one walk while striking out three. Now 3-0 in Big Ten play, Kubat has a 1.19 ERA over 22.2 innings and has allowed just three earned runs.
Dylan Vogt closed the door for the Huskers with three innings of one-hit ball to pick up his first save of the season.