Nebraska rallied for three, ninth-inning runs to defeat Binghamton 8-6 in an NCAA Regional elimination game Saturday afternoon at Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Huskers, who lost to Cal State Fullerton 5-1 on Friday, will face the loser of Oklahoma State-Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. Binghamton (25-27), which won four consecutive elimination games last week just to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, was eliminated.
Nebraska (41-20) squandered leads of 4-0 and 5-3 and entered the ninth down 6-5. With one out, Ben Miller walked and after Jake Placzek singled, Miller came home on Ryan Boldt's high-chopper ground ball that bounced over Binghamton second baseman Daniel Nevares into right field, to tie it.
Steven Reveles, who already had two hits and an RBI, followed with a squeeze bunt to make it 7-6. Michael Pritchard then delivered another run-scoring single to score Boldt.
Zach Hirsch (5-2) got the win and Greg Ostner (3-2) took the loss.
NU jumped out to a 4-0 lead with three in the first inning on a Blake Headley single with the bases loaded to score two, Tanner Lubach's force out at second that plated Pat Kelly and Reveles' RBI single in the second.
Binghamton scored three times in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3. Nebraska got one back in the fifth on a Boldt triple and Pritchard sac fly.
Down 5-3 in the sixth, the Bearcats again scored three runs to take their first lead, going ahead on Bill Bereszniewicz's two-out single to left.