Nebraska bats were swinging away in West Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday as the Huskers took two from Purdue, 10-2 and 10-4.
Behind another solid outing from Christian DeLeon and 10 runs on 12 hits, the Huskers took game one 10-2. DeLeon improved to 5-2 and 4-0 in Big Ten play, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three in seven innings.
After totaling a pair of hits over the first four innings off Purdue starter Robert Ramer (2-3), Nebraska scored three times in the fifth. Blake Headley and Taylor Fish delivered back-to-back doubles. Bryan Peters had an RBI single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Rich Sanguinetti. Pat Kelly then singled to make it 3-0.
Sean McHugh's first home run of the season cut the lead to 3-1 in the seventh, but the Huskers broke the game open with four in the eighth (taking advantage of two Purdue errors and five wild pitches) and three runs in the ninth.
Kash Kalkowski drove in a game-high four RBIs.
Nebraska, trailing 3-1 entering the eighth of game two, erupted for nine runs over the final two innings. Freshman Jordan Minch had baffled NU for seven innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out a career-high eight. Nebraska’s luck changed when Brad Schreiber (1-6) made his first relief appearance after nine starts.
Schreiber struck out Kelly, then gave up a hit to Michael Pritchard and walked Chad Christensen. Kalkowski picked up his fifth RBI of the day with a single and on the play Christensen went first to third to put runners on the corners. Austin Darby bunted and Schreiber threw the ball into right field, allowing the tying run to score. Kalkowski went to third and Darby reached second. Pinch hitter Josh Scheffert drove them both in with a single to put the Huskers up 5-3.
Nebraska (18-19, 10-4 Big Ten) added five runs in the ninth. Sanguinetti singled, Kelly walked and Pritchard laid down a bunt single to load the bases for Christensen, who came through with a two-run single. Kalkowski followed with a sacrifice fly for his sixth RBI of the day before Darby, Taylor Fish and Blake Headley strung together three-straight hits to score a pair of runs, extending the lead to 10-3.
Jeff Chesnut (2-0) would get the win. The Boilermakers fell to 11-24, 4-10 in the Big Ten.