Huskers Run-Rule Texas Tech

The No. 4 Nebraska baseball team scored 14 unanswered runs after spotting Texas Tech four runs in the first inning, as the Huskers rolled to a 14-4, run-rule victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep at Hawks Field Saturday.

With the victory, Nebraska's second come-from-behind victory of the day, the Huskers improved to 35-6 overall and 14-3 in the Big 12 with their fifth straight win. NU also clinched the series victory over the Red Raiders, as the Huskers have won all six league series they have played this season and 12 in a row dating back to last season.

Texas Tech slipped to 27-19-1 overall and 6-12-1 in the Big 12 after falling victim to Nebraska's 11th and 12th come-from-behind victories of the season. In the opener, which was the series opener after Friday night's game was postponed and Saturday's original noon start was pushed back four hours by heavy rains in Lincoln, the Huskers overcame a 3-2 deficit with two outs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win in 11 innings.

In the nightcap, the Red Raiders jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning off NU starter Tony Watson, who allowed five hits to Texas Tech in the opening frame. Watson silenced Texas Tech over the next five innings to improve to 7-0 on the season, scattering nine hits and walking one while striking out six Red Raiders.

The Huskers gave Watson run support right away by quickly cutting Texas Tech's lead in half on Andy Gerch's bases loaded single that drove in two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gerch, making his first appearances since April 8, went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the nightcap. 

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Brandon Buckman smashed his 13th home run of the season in the third inning to cut Tech's lead to 4-3, before Jake Opitz tied the game on his RBI single that drove in Luke Gorsett from second with two outs in the fifth inning.

The Huskers then broke through and took control with a four-run sixth inning. Jake Mort, who drove in the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning in the first game, walked to open the inning. After Bryce Nimmo popped out on a bunt attempt, Mort stole second and third before Nick Jaros gave the Huskers the lead with his RBI single.

Jaros, who drove in the winning run with his double in the bottom of the 11th in game one, was a perfect 3-for-3 with the game-winning RBI and three runs scored in the nightcap to complete one of the best days of his NU career.

Ryan Wehrle followed Jaros' hit with a single of his own to put Huskers on first and second, before both runners moved up 90 feet on a balk by Texas Tech reliever Aaron Odom, who suffered the loss to fall to 3-4 on the season.

Buckman followed with an RBI single to expand Nebraska's lead to 7-4, before Gerch smashed a triple for his third hit of the game and give the Huskers an 8-4 lead.

Nebraska then overwhelmed Texas Tech with six runs in the seventh inning to end the game.  Mort, Nimmo and Jaros drew consecutive one-out walks to load the bases for Wehrle, who pounded a two-RBI double off the wall in left-center to give NU a 10-4 lead.

Buckman followed with a walk to load the bases before Jaros scored on a wild pitch to give NU an 11-4 lead. Another walk to Gorsett loaded the bases for Gerch, who was hit by a pitch to drive in his fourth run of the game.

Jeff Lanning, who was pinch hitting for starting catcher Jeff Christy, then hit a slow roller to second base for a fielder's choice that scored Buckman from third base. Steve Edlefsen then ended the game with a two-out, pinch-hit, RBI single that scored Gorsett from third base and give the Huskers a 14-4 win by the 10-run rule in effect for Big 12 Conference games.

Texas Tech starter Josh Tomlin lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk while hitting three Husker hitters, before giving way to reliever Aaron Odom, who surrendered five earned runs on five hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Tech reliever David Dinsmoore did not fare much better, allowing three earned runs on one hit and three walks, before Zach Butler walked two more and hit another Husker while giving up two hits in just one-third of an inning in the seventh.

Jaros and Gerch each had three hits for the Huskers on the night, while Buckman, Wehrle and Opitz each pounded two hits in NU's 13-hit attack