A ninth-inning rally fell just short as the Huskers lost 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Iowa. The loss kept Nebraska from picking up its first road sweep in conference play since 2008.
Trailing 6-3 entering the ninth, the Huskers (13-17, 7-2 Big Ten) produced three straight singles to load the bases with nobody out. Michael Pritchard was the first out of the inning, though his fly to left scored Bryan Peters from third. Chad Christensen then lifted a deep fly to right which Kris Goodman lost in the sun, allowing Rich Sanguinetti to score, cutting Iowa’s lead to 6-5. With runners on the corners and one down, Austin Darby grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
Nebraska committed three errors, walked five batters and hit three more. NU reliever Tyler King (1-2) went one inning, giving up two runs on five hits.
Iowa starter Andrew Hanse (2-1) gave the Hawkeyes (11-15, 2-7 Big Ten) their best start of the weekend, going 6.2 innings, charged with three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout.