Trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Nebraska took advantage of three Northwestern errors to score five runs en route to an 8-5 win Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field.
Northwestern starter Luke Farrell kept the Husker off balance through the first six innings, allowing no runs on eight hits, but was knocked out of the game in the seventh when his defense committed the miscues behind him.
With Farrell gone, the Huskers feasted on the Wildcat’s bullpen with seven hits in less than two innings. The Huskers totaled eight hits through the first six innings of the game, then exploded for nine hits in the seventh and eighth innings.
Six Huskers notched multiple-hits on the afternoon, including a game-high four hits from second baseman Pat Kelly. After going 0-for-9 in Friday night’s 16-inning marathon, Kelly responded with a 4-for-5 day, including a lead-off double in the eighth.
Chad Christensen and Blake Headley each drove in a pair of runs with Christensen driving in the game-winning run for the second-straight game.
Nebraska (10-15, 4-1 Big Ten) starter Ryan Hander hung zeros on the board through the first three inning by retiring the first eight Wildcats he faced before giving up a two-out single in the third to Walker Moses. Following a Northwestern run in the fourth and one run in the fifth, the Wildcats knocked Hander out of the game and Brandon Pierce came to the mound with a runner on first and one out.
The Wildcats (10-8, 2-3 Big Ten) welcomed Pierce with three straight singles that scored a pair of runs to push Northwestern’s lead to 4-0. Pierce lasted 3.0 innings and was replaced by Tyler King (1-0) in the eighth after loading the bases with a pair of one-out walks. King came on and got consecutive fly balls to end the inning, but the first fly out was deep enough to score a run to tie the game at 5-5.
After the offense posted three runs in the bottom of the eighth, King got the first out in the ninth, then gave up a single and double to put the game-tying run at the plate. Head coach Darin Erstad went to Aaron Bummer, who hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. The 6-2 lefty came right back with a strikeout and a ground out to strand three runners for his first career save.