Husker baseball returns home for series against Purdue

Courtesy: UNL Media Relations

The Nebraska baseball team (14-9, 4-2 Big Ten) returns to Hawks Field for Military Appreciation Weekend when the Huskers host Purdue for a three-game series.

Friday’s series opener is set for 6:32 p.m. (CT) on NET and the fan giveaway is 1,000 raglan shirts. Saturday’s match-up is slated for 2:05 p.m. (CT) on BTN Plus. Sunday’s series finale begins at 12:02 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPNU. Fans who present a valid military I.D. to any of the three games this weekend will receive one free general admission ticket.

Single-game tickets are now available at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED. In addition, fans can still purchase a Diamond Deal package, which allows the ticket holder to build their own nine-game package for $90.

Nebraska is ranked 46th in the latest RPI, released by the NCAA on Monday. Purdue is ranked 137th in the RPI.

Last Time Out
The Huskers shut out Kansas State, 7-0, on Tuesday night in Manhattan, Kan., to pick up their eighth win in the last 10 games. 

Next Up
The Huskers host intrastate rival Creighton on Tuesday night at Hawks Field. The game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

 

How to Listen/Watch the Huskers

• Fans can listen to Greg Sharpe and Nick Handley call the action for all three games this weekend on the Learfield/IMG Husker Sports Network.

• All three games can be heard on Huskers.com and the Official Nebraska Huskers App for both iOS and android devices.

• They will each be carried on TuneIn.com and the TuneIn App on the Husker Sports Network channel.

• Fans in Lincoln can listen on 1400 AM and fans in Omaha can listen on 590 AM.

• Friday night’s game will be televised on NET and streamed live on BTN2Go.

• Saturday’s game will be streamed live on BTN Plus, with a paid subscription required to watch.

• Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Mike Couzens and Mike Rooney on the call.

Scouting the Purdue Boilermakers

• Nebraska leads the all-time series against Purdue, 11-9, dating back to 1899. The Boilermakers hold a 4-2 edge in Lincoln against the Huskers.

• The two teams last met on May 24, 2017 at the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., when Nebraska won a 15-9 decision.

• Purdue is 10-17 this season with a 4-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers had won four games in a row before a 4-3 setback against Indiana State on Wednesday. Purdue opened conference play by taking 2-of-3 at Northwestern. Last weekend, the Boilermakers went 2-0 against Penn State before the finale was canceled.

• Last season, Purdue went 38-21 overall and finished second in the Big Ten with a 17-6 record in conference games. The Boilermakers finished runner-up at the Big Ten Tournament and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they went 1-2 at the Chapel Hill Regional.

• Head Coach Mark Wasikowski is 77-65 in his third year at Purdue. His overall coaching record is 78-66. Wasikowski is assisted by Elliott Cribby, Cooper Fouts and Greg Goff.

• Players to Watch

  •     » No. 4 Skyler Hunter (Junior OF): Leads the team in batting average (.340), runs scored (15), hits (32) and triples (2)
  •     » No. 7 Zac Fascia (Junior C): Batting .263 with 25 hits and a team-high 11 RBIs
  •     » No. 32 Cole McKenzie (Junior OF/1B): Hitting .260 with 27 hits and seven RBIs

Strong Starts Set the Tone

• Nebraska’s starting pitchers have paved the way for the team’s success in each of the last 10 games. NU’s starters have gone 6-0 during that stretch.

• During the 10-game span, Nebraska’s starters have combined to pitch 62.0 innings, an average of more than 6.0 innings per start.

• The starters have allowed only nine runs (an average of less than one run per game), while amassing 53 strikeouts and only eight walks.

• Over his last two starts, Matt Waldron has thrown 17.0 innings and allowed only three runs, while striking out 13 batters and given up one walk.

• In Nate Fisher’s last two starts, he has compiled 15.1 innings and 10 strikeouts, while allowing two runs and one walk.

• Reece Eddins has made three starts during the nine-game stretch and compiled 15.0 innings. He has allowed two runs, while striking out 14 batters and walking three.

• Freshman Kyle Perry has made three starts during that span and holds a 2-0 record. He has thrown 14.2 innings and recorded 16 strikeouts, while giving up two runs and three walks in his last three appearances.