Huskers Advance To Big Ten Title Game With Walk Over Michigan 6-1

By: Mark Schneider Email
By: Mark Schneider Email

Nebraska broke open a close game with five runs in the sixth inning en route to a 6-1 win over Michigan Saturday in Big Ten Tournament play at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

The Huskers advanced to Sunday's 1 p.m. championship game against Indiana. The Hoosiers defeated Michigan State 7-4 in Saturday's second game. Sunday's winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

NU (40-18) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Pat Kelly and Blake Headley walked and Kelly scored on Tanner Lubach's single.

Kelly again got things going with a double in the sixth. Headley singled him to third before Austin Darby doubled in Kelly. After Lubach lined out to short, Ben Miller was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Steven Reveles walked to force home Headley to make it 3-0. Ryan Boldt walked to force in another run. Jake Placzek's single scored pinch runner Max Knutson for a 5-0 lead and Michael Pritchard walked to force in another run.

The Wolverines spoiled the shutout in the ninth when Travis Maezes was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on Jacob Cronenworth's fly out to right and scored on Jackson Glines' sacrifice fly.

Nebraska starter Kyle Kubat (5-2) went 8.2 innings, charged with the one run on three hits, striking out six and walking two. Keith Lehmann (4-1) took the loss, lasting 5.1 innings, charged with two runs on four hits, striking out two and walking two.

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