NU Ends Opening Road Trip Still Winless

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Nebraska was unable to get its offense going Sunday afternoon in Austin as Texas completed a three-game sweep with a 2-0 win.

The 0-7 Huskers managed only two hits and a total of four base runners.

Texas starter Nathan Thornhill (1-1) kept the Husker offense off-balance as the righty pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up the two hits and one walk before closer Corey Knebel took over in the eighth and retired all six batters he faced.

Ryan Hander (0-1) gave the Huskers a chance, limiting the Longhorns' offensive production to two runs on eight hits and no walks, but in the end it was not enough. The senior went six innings and tied his his career high with seven strikeouts. After Nebraska's pitching staff issued a combined 15 walks in the first two games of the series, the Huskers didn't surrender a free pass on Sunday.

Hander hit Taylor Stell to lead off the bottom of the fourth. After stealing second, Stell scored the game's first run on a one-out double by Mark Payton.

Texas (6-1) got its lead-off hitter on for the third straight inning in the sixth following a single by Payton. C.J. Hinojosa moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt and Payton scored on a single by Jacob Felts.

Nebraska is scheduled to play its 2013 home opener on Friday against New Mexico at 2:05 p.m.

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