Husker baseball splits doubleheader with Columbia

Nebraska wins game one, 7-3, and falls in game two, 3-2.

From: Nebraska Athletics

Five-run 6th propels Huskers past Columbia in Game 1

Trailing 3-0 after four innings, Nebraska (4-7) scored in each of its next three innings en route to a 7-3 win over Columbia during the first game of a doubleheader at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Huskers saw multi-hit performances from Cam Chick and Luke Boynton, who each had three hits, and Joe Acker, who went 2-for-4. Jaxon Hallmark also contributed three RBIs, as NU compiled 13 hits as a team.

Starting pitcher Colby Gomes lasted 4.1 innings and allowed three runs, while striking out three batters. NU saw scoreless relief outings from Shay Schanaman (1.2 innings), Sayer Diederich (1.0) and Trey Kissack.

Columbia pounced early with one run in the top of the opening frame before adding one run in the third and fourth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Acker smacked a two-out double before Chick drove him in with an RBI single.

NU scratched out five runs to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth. After Aaron Palensky and Luke Roskam drew back-to-back walks, Leighton Banjoff laced an RBI single to drive in Palensky. Boynton singled to load the bases before Hallmark ripped a double to drive in two runs. Hagge’s infield single brought in Boynton before a bunt scored Hallmark.

In the bottom of the seventh, Nebraska tacked on one more run. Boynton and Roskam each singled before Roskam advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a fielder’s choice groundout.

Huskers Stumble in Game 2 of Doubleheader

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (4-8) fell short of sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader after a 3-2 loss to Columbia in the second game at Hawks Field.

Sophomore left-hander Cade Povich, making his fourth start of the season, tossed a career-high 6.2 innings and allowed one run on six hits. He recorded four strikeouts and one walk to increase his season totals to 26 K’s and two walks.

Braxton Bragg allowed two runs in 0.1 inning of relief before Paul Tillotson and Shay Schanaman each tossed 1.0 scoreless frame. All three relievers each tallied one strikeout.

Nebraska’s offense was held to six hits against the two Lion pitchers, Will Geerdes and Nate Beimel. After a scoreless first five innings for both teams, NU struck with one run in the bottom of the sixth.

During the frame, Cam Chick reached on a hit-by-pitch before advancing to third on an error. He scored on Spencer Schwellenbach’s RBI single. Schwellenbach led the Huskers in Game 2 of the Saturday doubleheader with a 3-for-4 outing.

Columbia responded in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 1-1 when Joshua Solomon hit a solo home run. The Huskers retook the lead at 2-1 with one run in the bottom of the seventh. Joe Acker blasted a solo home run to left field during the frame.

In the top of the eighth, the Lions bounced back with a pair of runs to take a 3-2 lead. Each of Columbia’s first three batters singled, including Tyler MacGregor’s RBI single, before NU recorded its first out. An RBI groundout scored the Lions’ other run during the frame.

The Huskers and Lions conclude their four-game series on Sunday, beginning at 11:05 a.m. (CT) at Hawks Field.

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