Nebraska's 7-3 win at Michigan Saturday afternoon secured the number four seed at next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
The Huskers (34-21, 14-10 Big Ten) will face the Michigan State Spartans, who also won on Saturday, but finished the regular season one game behind Nebraska in the conference standing.
Richard Stock's home run in the second gave NU an early lead. Michael Pritchard's bunt single scored Kale Kiser from third in the third for a 2-0 lead.
The Wolverines took a 3-2 lead in the seventh. Dylan Delany reached on a wild pitch after swinging at strike three. Pat Biondi followed with a single before John Lorenz tied the game with a triple, which brought Tom Lemke (4-4) in from the bullpen to replace starter Dexter Spitsnogle. Lorenz then scored on a double by Michael O’Neill.
The Huskers took a 5-3 lead in the eighth. Pritchard opened with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chad Christensen. Stock then tied the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Pritchard. Josh Scheffert followed with a two-out walk and went first-to-third on a single by Rich Sanguinetti. The two-out hits kept coming as Kash Kalkowski laced a single through the right side that scored Scheffert. The Wolverines then handed the Huskers their third run of the inning when catcher Kevin White overthrew the pitcher, allowing Sanguinetti to come home.
Two more runs in the ninth made it 7-3. Pritchard reached on a one-out walk and scored following back-to-back singles by Christensen and Stock. Both runners advanced on a ground out by Scheffert and Michigan looked to get out of the inning when Sanguinetti ground to second, but John DiLaura threw wide of the bag at first, allowing Christensen to cross the plate.
The Huskers are scheduled to head to Columbus on Sunday to start preparation for the Big Ten Tournament, which opens on Wednesday. Nebraska plays at 11:05 a.m. against the Spartans.