Nebraska extended its season Friday afternoon with a 7-4 win at Minnesota in a the Big Ten Tournament elimination game.
The Huskers play again at 3:35 p.m. Saturday against the loser of Friday night's game between Ohio State and Indiana. Christian DeLeon is scheduled to pitch for the Huskers. A win in the afternoon game would mean the Huskers would face Friday night's winner at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Pat Kelly's three-run blast in the fourth capped a six-run inning that put NU in control.
Chad Christensen led off with a single. With Kash Kalkowski at the plate, Gopher starter Dalton Sawyer (2-3) tried to pick off Christensen and instead threw the ball into foul territory allowing Christensen to cruise to third base. Kalkowski then singled him home. Josh Scheffert also singled to put runners on the corners with no out.
Following a fly out from Blake Headley, Tanner Lubach laid down a perfect squeeze that not only scored Kalkowski, but Lubach reached base safely. Sawyer struck out Austin Darby, but Peters delivered a two-out single that scored Scheffert to put NU up 3-0. Kelly then stepped in and belted it into the left-field seats, the tournament's first home run.
The Golden Gophers (32-22) came back in the top of the fifth, scoring four runs on three hits, including a three-run homer from Matt Halloran. After no player had homered over the first 55 innings of the tournament, a pair of homers were hit in a 20-minute span.
Nebraska (27-29) went up 7-4 in the seventh, thanks to a lead-off double by Kelly, a single from Michael Pritchard and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Christensen.
Luke Bublitz (3-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Ryan Hander.