Huskers host Michigan in Big Ten opener

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Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Friday, March 21 (6:35 p.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP Sinclair (2-3) vs. LHP Adcock (2-2)

TV: None

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Radio: Husker Sports Network

Wednesday, March 22 (2:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: LHP Kubat (3-0) vs. RHP Nutof (1-1)

TV: None

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Radio: Husker Sports Network

Sunday, March 23 (11:05 a.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP Burkamper (2-1) vs. TBA

TV: None

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Radio: Husker Sports Network

After playing 20 non-conference games to start the season, the Nebraska baseball team (14-6, 0-0 Big Ten)   is set to open Big Ten Conference play this weekend when they host the Michigan Wolverines (11-8, 0-0 Big Ten) for a three-game series at Hawks Field.

Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., Saturday’s game is set for 2:05 p.m. and the series concludes on Sunday at 11:05 a.m.

The Huskers and Wolverines have played 15 games all-time and the Huskers hold a 8-7 advantage in the series. 11 of the 15 games have come since 2012 when the Huskers joined the Big Ten Conference, and during that time frame the Huskers are 7-4 against the Wolverines, including a 2-0 record at the Big Ten Tournament.

This weekend’s match comes right in the middle of Nebraska’s 16-game home stand and the Huskers enter Friday a perfect 7-0 at Hawks Field this year. The Wolverines have played all 19 of their games away from Ann Arbor, as they won’t play their first home game until Tuesday, March 24, against Bowling Green. The Wolverines are 4-4 in true road games this year, with 11 of their 19 games played at neutral sites.

Senior Chance Sinclair is scheduled to start for the Huskers on Friday night and he will face sophomore lefty Brett Adcock. Last season, Sinclair pitched the second game of NU series at Michigan and gave up just one unearned run over 7.1 innings in a 3-1 win. Adcock saw 1.0 inning of relief in the series finale, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

Senior Kyle Kubat is set to start on Sunday and will look to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Wolverines. The 6-1 Kubat started each of Nebraska’s two wins over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, including a career-high 8.2 inning outing last season in Omaha. Michigan is set to counter with freshman right hander Ryan Nutof. A native of South Elgin, Ill., Nutof is 1-1 on the year in five starts with a 2.67 ERA over 27.0 innings of work. Nutof has given up 15 hits and walked 15, while striking out 19.

Sophomore Derek Burkamper will start on Sunday for the Huskers, it will be his sixth career start and his first during league play. Burkamper has gone at least 6.0 innings in each of his last three starts and will be looking for his second straight win. The Wolverines have yet to announce a starter for Sunday.

On the Radio

Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen to Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle call all of the action on the Husker Sports Network – including KLIN 1400 AM in Lincoln – and live on or the Official Husker App. Saturday’s game will also be carried on the TuneIn Radio App.

TV Coverage

No TV coverage for games between Nebraska and Michigan.

Web Streams

All three games this weekend will be streamed live on HuskersNSide (subscription required).

Kubat’s Success Against Michigan

Entering the weekend, Saturday starter Kyle Kubat is 3-0 in four career starts against the Wolverines, including a pair of wins at the Big Ten Tournament. In 27.2 innings against the Wolverines, Kubat has allowed six runs on 19 hits, while striking out 23 with a 1.63 ERA.

2014 Big Ten Tournament (8.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) – Win

2013 Big Ten Tournament (7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) – Win

2013 in Lincoln (6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) – No Decision

2012 at Ann Arbor (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) – Win