Kyle Kubat picked up his third win in 13 days and Nebraska snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Rutgers Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Kubat went a career-high 8.0 innings to improve to 3-0, giving up one run on four hits. The Creighton Prep product faced more than four batter in an inning just once and retired the Scarlet Knights (20-22) in order four times. Dylan Vogt closed out the game in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season and secured Nebraska’s 20th win of the year against 23 losses. NU is 11-4 in Big Ten action.
The bottom of the Husker order did the most damage as the 6-7-8-9 hitters produced five of NU’s eight hits, including a pair of hits and an RBI each from Blake Headley and Austin Darby. No. 9 hitter Tanner Lubach also had an RBI.
Nebraska struck first in the bottom of the second, starting with Kash Kalkowski’s 18th hit by a pitch of the season. With Kalkowski running Headley blasted his fifth double of the year into the left-center field gap with Kalkowski coming all the way around to score. Darby then worked a full count and lined a single that scored Headley. Darby moved into scoring position on a ground out by Bryan Peters and scored on a two-out single by Lubach.
Rutgers scored in the fifth on a lead-off double from Jeff Melillo. Kubat got consecutive ground outs and was in position to strand Melillo at second, but Bill Hoermann came through with a two-out single cutting Nebraska’s lead to 3-1.