Nebraska Falls To 0-6, Worst Start In 71 Years

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

For the second time in less than a week, a walk-off single doomed the Huskers, who dropped their sixth straight, 4-3 at Texas Saturday afternoon.

The Huskers have started 0-6 for the first time since 1942.

Nebraska tied the game twice, once in the seventh and again in the eighth, but was unable to take a lead over the Longhorns, who took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jacob Felts came around to score after reaching on a one-out walk. With Felts on second and two down, Codey McElroy laced a double down the left field line.

Taylor Stell led off the bottom of the third with a double and scored to put the Longhorns up 2-0 on a sacrifice bunt after reaching third on a wild pitch by Christian DeLeon.

NU cut into Texas' lead in the top of the fifth with a pair of two-out hits. Austin Darby pinch-hit for Ty Kildow and singled through the right side. Darby moved into scoring position as right fielder Mark Payton tried to throw behind Darby at first base, but the throw was wide of the bag, allowing Darby to easily reach second. Bryan Peters then blasted a double off the left center field wall.

Nebraska tied the game in the seventh with a run on three hits. Josh Scheffert led off with a single and Jake Placzek sacrificed him to second. Lefty Travis Duke came in and retired Rich Sanguinetti for the second out, but Darby kept the inning alive with an infield single. Texas went to righty Cameron Cox and coach Darin Erstad countered with lefty Blake Headley to pinch hit, who came through with a two-out single to score Scheffert.

Texas retook the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh without getting a hit. NU's bullpen issued four walks in the inning, including three with two outs. Josh Roeder came in and struck out C.J. Hinojosa looking to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Nebraska swung back in the top of the eighth to again tie the game. Chad Christensen led off with a walk and went to third on a hit-and-run by Pat Kelly through the right side. Kash Kalkowski lifted a deep fly to center that easily scored Christensen from third.

Reliever Dylan Vogt (0-2) got the first out in the ninth before Erich Weiss picked up his second hit of the game, a double into the right-field gap. Following an intentional walk to Mark Payton to set up a potential double play, Hinojosa singled up the middle to score Weiss from second for the game winner.

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