Aaron Bummer (6-3) allowed four hits over 7.1 innings and Michael Pritchard delivered a two-run homer that powered the Huskers to a 4-1 win over host Michigan State Sunday afternoon.
Pat Kelly became the 22nd player in school history to notch 200 career hits with a leadoff single off Justin Alleman (5-2) in the second inning. Pritchard joined the club earlier this season and with his home run extended his hitting streak to 15 games and now has 238 career hits.
Kelly picked up the game’s first hit and Austin Darby followed with a bloop single. Blake Headley laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up and Steven Reveles’ ground out made it 1-0. The Spartans quickly tied the game on a Ryan Richardson double followed by a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly.
Jake Placzek walked with one out in the sixth and came around to score on Pritchard’s third home run of the year.
The Huskers added an insurance run in the eighth as Reveles lined a double down the right-field line with two down and Ben Miller snapped an 0-for-6 start to the series with an RBI single.
The Huskers improved to 34-17 and 15-5 in Big Ten play while Michigan State fell to 26-22, 8-12 in the Big Ten.