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Following an 11-day road trip to California and Illinois, the Nebraska baseball team plays its 12th straight game away from Hawks Field when it travels to Manhattan, Kan., for a midweek game with the Kansas State Wildcats.
The former Big 12 Conference foes are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium.
Tuesday's meeting will be the first of three games between the two teams this season, as Nebraska heads back to Manhattan the very next week on Tuesday, April 2, and the Wildcats make a trip to Hawks Field on Tuesday, April 23.
The will Huskers play their first game at Hawks Field since Wednesday, March 6, when the Northwestern Wildcats come to Lincoln for a three-game Big Ten series.
The Huskers and Wildcats open their series on national TV Friday night at 6:35 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The teams then meet on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
On the Radio this Weekend
Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle call all of the action on the Husker Sports Network - including KLIN 1400 AM and 94.5 FM in Lincoln - and on the Internet at Huskers.com or the Official Husker App. A complete list of HSN affiliates can be found on page 11.
TV Coverage this Weekend
Tuesday's game at Kansas State will be shown regionally on Fox College Sports.
Time Warner (320)
DIRECTV (SD-623, HD-626)
Friday's game with Northwestern will be shown nationally on the Big Ten Network.
Time Warner (SD-24, HD-333)
Dish Network (SD/HD-439)
Web Streams this Weekend
Tuesday's game at Kansas State will be shown on K-StateHD.TV (subscription required).
Saturday's and Sunday's games with Northwestern will be shown live on HuskersNSide (subscription required).
Kansas State Wildcats
The Kansas State Wildcats welcome the Huskers to Tointon Family Stadium on Tuesday night after KSU swept Bethune Cookman this past weekend.
The Wildcats are 16-8 overall on the year and have played 18-straight games at home after playing their first six games of the season on the road.
Tuesday's game with the Huskers caps a 19-game homestand for the Wildcats that started on Saturday, March 2 with a 4-2 win over Oakland. The Wildcats are 13-5 during the homestand, with sweeps of Oakland (3 games), Niagara (2 games) and Bethune Cookman (3 games).
The Wildcats also hosted Cal Poly (lost, 1-2), Northern Colorado (split, 1-1), West Virginia (won, 2-1) and Minnesota (split, 1-1) during the homestand.
Kansas State is hitting .319 as a team, while holding opposing batters to a .251 average.
Eight Wildcats are hitting .300 or better on the season, including a team-high .378 average from Ross Kivett, who also accounts for eight of KSU's 42 doubles on the year.
Along with their 42 doubles, the Wildcats have also slugged 11 triples and 11 home runs, with a team-high four off the bat of Shane Conlon.
The Wildcats are not just a power team, as they also put pressure on pitchers and catchers with their running game. KSU has stolen 51 base on the year in 72 attempts, an average of 2.1 steals per game.
KSU is scheduled to start senior right-handed pitcher Jake Doller on Tuesday night, who will be making his sixth appearance of the year and his fourth start.
Doller holds a 2-1 record on the year and a blistering 0.46 ERA. Over 19.2 innings of work, had given up six runs (one earned) on 12 hits and has just four walks compared to 19 strikeouts.
The Huskers faced Doller in two of the three games the teams played last season. He pitched a total of 4.1 shutout innings, giving up one hit and one walk, while posting three strikeouts.
Huskers Open Big Ten Play with Win
Last season the Huskers were 4-4 in Big Ten series openers, but only got back to .500 by winning their last three series openers.
This season, Nebraska got off to on the right foot with a 9-5 win on Friday, March 22 at Illinois to open conference play. The teams then split a doubleheader on Saturday, earning the Huskers a series win, 2-1.
Nebraska lost on Friday night in four of it's first five Big Ten series openers last season, including a loss to Illinois to open Big Ten play in Lincoln.
On the road last year, NU was 3-1 in conference series openers, with the only loss coming at Ohio State. Nebraska went on to win the series with the Buckeyes.
Going for 2,000
The Nebraska baseball team is two wins away from notching the 2,000th win in program history.
Dating back to the team's first season in 1889 when the team went 1-2, the Huskers entered the season ranked 45th all-time in the NCAA record books in wins.
Entering 2013, only 44 programs in NCAA history had won more than 2,000 games, while only two programs had posted 3,000 or more wins. Fordham entered the season ranked first all-time with 4,320 wins and Texas was second with 3,276 wins.
Keep Your Bags Packed
The Huskers are currently playing 12-straight games away from Hawks Field, with each game a true road game.
It's the longest stretch for the Huskers since the 2007 season, when Nebraska played 13 straight games away from home to start the year, but only six of the games were true road games. The Huskers were scheduled to play their first 10 games away from home and then play Nebraska-Kearney on Tuesday, March 6 at Hawks Field, but the game was cancelled due to weather.
The last time Nebraska played more than 12-straight true road games was during the 1985 season, when the Huskers played 15-straight games on an opponent's home field. The schedule included New Mexico (1), Arizona State (3), San Diego State (5), UNLV (3), Southern Utah (1) and Kansas State (2).
Nebraska has already played four doubleheaders this season through 24 games, after playing three doubleheaders all last year.
This season, Nebraska is 4-4 in the eight games.
NU was swept at then No. 22 Cal State Fullerton during the season's opening weekend, but swept Northern Colorado at Hawks Field.
The third doubleheader of the year came at Louisiana Tech, where the two teams split the day, with the Bulldogs winning game one, 2-1, and the Huskers winning game two, 3-2.
After winning its Big Ten opener on Friday, March 22 at Illinois, the two teams played a doubleheader the following day, with Illinois winning game one on a walk-off squeeze, 8-7, while the Huskers took game two, 6-4, to win the three-game series.
Nebraska played three doubleheaders a year ago, going 3-3. The Huskers swept at Ohio State, were swept at Indiana and split a doubleheader at home with CSU Bakersfield.
The Huskers are 8-14 on the season, but eight of their 13 losses have come by two runs or less, including six losses by one run.
Four of the losses have been walk-off loses, including games at USC and Texas where Nebraska had the lead entering the bottom of the ninth.
Junior Christian DeLeon has been a welcome addition to the Husker pitching staff in 2013.
Projected to be a long-relief arm and a spot starter, DeLeon was throw into the weekend rotation to start the season and has been arguably the Huskers' top starter.
The 6-3 righty has at least 7.0 innings in three of his last four starting, including a pair of 8.0-inning starts. The junior leads the team with 40.0 innings pitched.
DeLeon holds a 2.70 ERA on the year and ranks second on the team with 19 strikeouts, while issuing just five walks.
Take it for the Team
Senior infielder Bryan Peters entered the 2013 season ranked fourth on Nebraska's career list 43 HBP and recently tied Kale Kiser for third on the career list when he was hit for the 46th time in his career at Illinois.
Peters will now try and catch DJ Belfonte for the No. 2 spot, as Belfonte was hit 59 times during his career from 2007-10.
Fellow senior Kash Kalkowski has also been moving up the chart with his team-high 11 HBP this season. He was hit three times in Illinois to bring his career total to 37, tying Kalkowski for fifth place on the career list with Alex Gordon and Nick Sullivan.
Daniel Bruce (2002-05) holds the NU career record with 67 HBP and set the single-season record for HBP in 2002 when he was hit 28 times.
We Have a Pulse
The Husker bats came alive at Illinois with 39 hits over the three-game series, including 11 infield singles.
After averaging 7.5 hits per game over their first 19 games of the season, the Huskers averaged 13 hits per game in Illinois, including a season-high 16 hits their 9-5 series opening-win.
Sophomore Josh Roeder has been tough on opposing hitters this season with a 1.12 ERA. Over 8.0 innings of work, the transfer from Louisberg College his given up just two hits, while striking out eight.
Roeder recently earned his first career save at Nebraska when he entered the game at No. 25 UC Irvine on March 16 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with no outs.
Roeder got pinch-hitter Jonathan Munoz to pop out for the first out of the inning and with the top of the Irvine order up, Roeder blew away Dominique Taylor with a fastball and closed out the win when he got pinch-hitter Ryan Cooper to fly out to center field for the game's final out.
Senior Dylan Vogt was clutch out of the bullpen at Illinois this past weekend, earning a save and a win.
The senior righty worked a pair of shutout innings on Friday night to earn his fourth save of the season.
After throwing 35 pitches on Friday, Head Coach Darin Erstad brought called on Vogt with the Huskers in a jam, as the Illini had the bases loaded and one out.
After Illini won the first game of the doubleheader on a walk-off squeeze, they tried it again to take the lead, but Vogt fielded his position well and flipped the ball from his glove to catcher Tanner Lubach at the plate to cut down Thomas Lindauer. With the bases still juiced, Vogt struck out Will Krug with a nasty pitch that got away from Lubach, but the NU backstop quickly got to the ball and beat Brandon Hohl to the plate for the third out of the inning.
Vogt retired Illinois' 2-3-4 hitters in order in the eighth and after giving up a leadoff hit in the ninth, he got three-straight ground balls to pick up his first win of the season and secure a 2-1 series win for the Huskers.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Vogt was one of 75 players named to the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. He was one of four Big Ten pitchers selected, joining Ohio State's Josh Dezse, Illinois' Reid Roper and Northwestern's Kyle Ruchim.
Options at Short
Nebraska has played three players at shortstop this season, including senior Bryan Peters as well as freshmen Jake Placzek and Wes Edrington.
Edrington graduated from high school early in December and joined the Huskers in January. Edrington made his season debut on Wednesday, March 6 at Northern Colorado and has started seven games, while Peters has started 12 games and Placzek four games.
Something about the 6th
On the season, Nebraska has scored more runs in the sixth inning than any other innings with 19 runs.
The Huskers hold an 19-15 advantage in the sixth inning and the only other innings they have outscored the opposition is the fourth (7-6) and seventh (12-10).
Nebraska's worst inning is the third, where they have been outscored by nine runs, 22-13.
Hits in Bunches
Senior Chad Christensen has been tough on opposing pitchers this season, as the NU left fielder leads the team with nine of the Huskers' 41 multi-hit games.
Christensen has produced three hits three times this season, while Austin Darby, Pat Kelly and Rich Sanguinetti each have a pair of three-hit games.
10 different Huskers have produced a multi-hit game this season.
Five Huskers had a multi-hit performance in Nebraska's Big Ten opener at Illinois on Friday, March 22 to lead NU to a season-high 16 hits.
Source: UNL Media Relations