Behind a gutsy ninth inning from reliever Josh Roeder, Nebraska held on for a 4-1 win at UC Irvine Saturday afternoon.
With a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, Taylor Sparks led off with a home run after reliever Zach Hirsch (1-1) had retired 10 straight Anteaters. Head coach Darin Erstad turned the ball over to closer Dylan Vogt, who struggled and walked the bases load, forcing Erstad to make another pitching change and bring in Roeder.
The sophomore got pinch-hitter Jonathan Munoz to pop out for the first out. With the top of the Irvine order up, Roeder blew away Dominique Taylor with a fastball and closed out the win/save when he got pinch-hitter Ryan Cooper to fly out to center.
Starter Ryan Hander gave the Huskers 4.1 shutout innings, limiting the Anteaters (14-5) to two hits and two walks while striking out five.
The Huskers (6-10) scored three times in the seventh. Josh Scheffert led off with a single and Kash Kalkowski was hit for his team-high seventh time this season. Austin Darby stepped up just looking to sacrifice, but Irvine starter Matt Whitehouse (2-2) threw the ball into left field when he tried to pick off Scheffert at third, allowing Scheffert to easily score. With no outs and runners still at second and third, Whitehouse retired Tanner Lubach, but couldn't get Bryan Peters, who delivered a two-run single.
Chad Christensen notched his first home run of the season with a lead-off shot in the eighth.