With a shot at the No. 2 seed at the Big Ten Tournament on the line, Nebraska was unable to take care of business Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field, dropping a 19-9 decision to Michigan.
As the No. 3 seed, the Huskers will face the sixth-seeded Wolverines in the opening round Wednesday at 3:35 p.m. at Target Field in Minneapolis. No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Minnesota will play the opener at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Saturday, Husker pitching gave up a season-high 19 runs on a season-high 23 hits. Five Wolverines notched at least three hits, including a four-hit game from both Travis Maezes and Cole Martin.
Michigan jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with three runs in the first and a run in the second. The Huskers answered in the bottom of the fourth with a four spot with NU stringing together three-straight two-out singles.
Needing a win to qualify for the league tournament, the Wolverines combined to score 10 runs over the fifth and sixth inning that put them ahead 14-5. Michigan (29-25, 14-10 Big Ten) put the game away for good with five runs in the top of the eighth. NU (25-28, 15-9 Big Ten) plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth after entering the inning in a 19-5 hole.