NU BSB: Huskers Visit TD Ameritrade Park Tuesday, Host Mavericks Wednesday

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Huskers Visit TD Ameritrade Park Tuesday, Host Mavericks Wednesday

Tuesday, April 14 (7:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP King (3-0) vs. LHP Albrecht (1-2)

TV: CBS Sports Network

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: None

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Wednesday, April 15 (6:35 p.m.)

Probable Starters: TBA vs. TBA

TV: None

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: BTN Plus

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Lincoln – Coming off a series victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (26-11, 5-4 Big Ten) is scheduled to play the Creighton Bluejays (20-9, 5-1 Big East) and Omaha Mavericks (16-16, 9-6 Summit) during the midweek before hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes next weekend at Hawks Field.

The Huskers and Bluejays are set to meet at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park for the second game of a three-game season series between the two teams. The game will be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

The Huskers won the first meeting of the year between the two teams, 5-1, on March 31 at Hawks Field and Tuesday night will be a rematch on the mound between Nebraska’s Garett King and Creighton’s Jeff Albrecht. King allowed two hits over 8.0 innings in the win two weeks ago, while Albrecht took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.

The Huskers have struggled on the road this season, as they are 9-9 away from Hawks Field, including a 5-6 record in true road games. On the other side, the Jays have been great at home with an 11-3 mark at TD Ameritrade Park. The Jays enter Tuesday winners of nine straight at home, tied for their longest streak at TD Ameritrade Park.

After making the short trip to Omaha on Tuesday, the Huskers will be back at home on Wednesday night for a 6:35 p.m. showdown against the Mavericks. As of now, neither team has announced a starter.

The Huskers are 17-2 at Hawks Field this season and will look to sweep the season series from the Mavs after earning a 3-2 extra-innings road win on April 1 at Werner Park. Freshman Scott Schreiber untied the game in the top of the 10th with a solo home run and Josh Roeder closed the game with a perfect inning of relief.

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 Huskers.com, the Official Husker App or the TuneIn Radio App.

TV Coverage

Tuesday’s game will be carried on the CBS Sports Network.

Web Streams

Wednesday’s game will be carried on BTN Plus and the BTN2Go app (subscription required).

King of the Hill

Freshman Garett King has stabilized Nebraska’s midweek starter this year, as the Anaheim Hills, Calif., native has started NU’s first five Tuesday games and will make his sixth start of the season on Tuesday night at Creighton.

King has a 2.48 ERA on the year in eight appearances and holds a 3.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 6-3 right hander has gone at least 5.0 innings in each of this four starts, including a career-long 8.0 innings against Creighton at Hawks Field on March 31.

Three or Less

In 27 of Nebraska’s 37 games this season the Husker pitching staff has allowed three runs or less.

The Huskers are 24-3 when holding the opposition to three runs or less, but are 2-8 on the year when teams score four or more runs.

Early Leads

After scoring just 38 first-inning runs last season in 62 games, the Huskers have gotten their starting pitchers leads early and often in 2015.

Through 37 games, the Huskers are outscoring the opposition 36-15 in the first inning of games this season.

Last season the Huskers outscored their opponents 123-95 in the first three innings of games, while this year NU holds a commanding 81-28 advantage.

Confidence in the Pen

During Darin Erstad’s tenure at Nebraska, the Husker bullpen has done its job when it has a lead.

Led by pitching coach Ted Silva, the Huskers are 98-12 since 2012 when they lead after the sixth inning. The Huskers are 102-6 when leading after seven innings and nearly perfect when leading after eight innings with a 111-4 record.

Year Lead after 6 After 7 After 8

2012 31-5 29-3 31-2

2013 20-3 25-2 28-1

2014 28-3 27-1 31-1

2015 19-1 21-0 21-0

Not Nice to Steal

Senior catcher Tanner Lubach enters Tuesday with 37 career runners caught stealing, which ranks third all-time at Nebraska. He is one caught stealing away from moving into a tie for second place.

Cory Burleson (2009-12) holds the school record with 46 runners caught stealing, while current volunteer assistant Jeff Christy ranks second with 38 runners caught stealing in just two years behind the plate in 2005 and 2006.

Topping 100

On Sunday, April 12, senior Austin Darby collected his 100th career RBI to become the 44th Husker since 1986 to notch 100 RBIs in their career. After producing 15 RBIs as a freshman, Darby topped the 30-RBI during both his sophomore and junior years with 33 and 36 RBIs, respectively. Through 37 games this season, Darby has 16 RBIs.

With a team-high 31 RBIs so far in 2015, Blake Headley (89 career RBIs) is also on pace to join the club this season.

Headley has improved his RBI total every year at Nebraska. After notching six as a freshman in 2012, he produced 25 in 2013, topped that number with 27 in 2014 and has already set a single-season high with 31 through 37 games this season.

Pat Kelly joined the club last year and ended his three-year career with 125 RBIs.

Matt Hopper is the only Husker to ever top the 200-RBI mark, with a school-record 271 career RBIs.

Tanner Tearing It Up

Tanner Lubach didn’t get off to the start he wanted in his senior year, going 0-for-18 to start the season. Lubach broke the dry spell with a double that nearly left the park against BYU on Saturday, Feb. 21.

In his 27 games since, Lubach is hitting .372 (35-for-94) with six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 multi-hit performances. Against Kansas State last Tuesday, he went 5-for-5 and was a home run short of the cycle with three singles, a double and a triple.

On the year, Lubach is fifth on the team with a .290 average and is third on the team in RBIs with 18.

Most importantly, Lubach has struck out 11 times over his past 27 games, after notching nine strikeouts through his first six games of the season.

Close the Door

After playing his freshman season at Louisburg College in North Carolina, Josh Roeder joined the Huskers in 2013 and helped solidify the back end of NU’s bullpen.

During the 2013 season, Roeder saw most of his action in a setup role to Dylan Vogt, but did collect six saves. Roeder took over the closer role in 2014 and saved 12 games.

With 11 saves in 11 chances this season, Roeder enters Tuesday ranked second in NU history with 29 career saves and needs three more saves in 2015 to break Brett Jensen’s school record of 31 saves.

Roeder also has a shot at the single-season saves record of 16, also held by Jensen (2005). Jensen holds the top-two single season marks at 16 and 13, while Roeder’s 12 saves last season rank third.

Start with Boldt

Since moving Ryan Boldt back to the leadoff spot, the Huskers are 13-5 on the season. Boldt hit third in 15 of NU’s first 19 games and the Huskers were 9-6. Last season with Boldt in the leadoff spot the Huskers were 22-7.

A Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American last season, Boldt leads the Huskers with a .338 batting average, while also leading the team in runs (34) and hits (45).

Keep Them on Base

The Husker bullpen has inherited 57 runners this season and only nine have scored.

Junior Jeff Chesnut leads the way with 21 runners inherited, and only two has scored. Fellow junior Colton Howell has inherited 10 runners and none have scored.

Get the Hits

Last season the Huskers produced double-digit hits in 30 of their 62 games, including 14 of their 27 home games.

The Huskers were 25-5 when notching double-digit hits last season.

Through 37 games this season, the Huskers have notched double-digit hits 14 times and are a perfect 14-0 in those games.

The Huskers are 18-2 this year when out-hitting their opponent. The only losses came against LSU and Cal State Fullerton.

Last season, Nebraska was 32-3 when they out hit their opponent, with losses coming against Oregon State, as well as both of NU’s losses to Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Tournament.

200 and Counting

After Michael Pritchard and Pat Kelly each joined Nebraska’s 200-hit club last season, senior Austin Darby become the program’s 23rd member on Saturday, April 4 at Maryland with a one-out single in the seventh inning. Darby enters Tuesday ranked 21st in school history with 204 career hits.

Darby is the fourth Husker to join the club over the past three seasons, as Chad Christensen ended his career with 247 hits in 2013. Prior to Christensen, Jake Opitz was the last Husker to join the club in 2008.

Matt Hopper holds the school record with 338 career hits and is one of just two players in school history to have topped 300 hits.

NU 200-Career Hit Club

1. 338 Matt Hopper 2000-03

2. 305 Jeff Leise 2000-03

3. 281 Will Bolt 1999-02

4. 261 Darin Erstad 1993-95

5. 251 Michael Pritchard 2011-14

6. 250 Paul Meyers 1984-86

7. 249 Joe Simokaitis 2002-05

8. 248 Jed Dalton 1992-95

9. 247 Chad Christensen 2010-13

10. 246 Darin Petersen 1992-95

11. 242 Mark Kister 1985-87

12. 240 Alex Gordon 2003-05

13. 238 DJ Belfonte 2007-10

14. 234 Todd Sears 1995-97

15. 231 Daniel Bruce 2002-05

16. 229 Ken Ramos 1987-89

17. 227 Jake Opitz 2005-08

18. 223 Curtis Ledbetter 2003-05

19. 222 John Cole 1999-01

20. 212 Pat Kelly 2012-14

21. 204 Austin Darby 2012-15

22. 203 Ken Harvey 1997-99

23. 201 Francis Collins 1995-97

Pound the Zone

The Huskers pitching staff has racked up 248 strikeouts this year, while issuing 91 walks, for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.73 to 1.

The Huskers walked in their first run of the season on Sunday in the top of the fourth inning against Minnesota, their 37th game of the season.

Miller’s Time

Sophomore Ben Miller has been a key cog in NU’s offense this season. A left-handed hitter from Clive, Iowa, Miller ranks second on the team with 26 RBIs in 36 starts this season, after producing 13 RBIs in 29 starts last season.

Bonus Baseball

For the first time since 2008, the Nebraska baseball qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.

The selection snapped a five-year postseason drought for the Huskers, who made their 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their ninth since 2000. Nebraska made five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1999 to 2003.

The Huskers will now look to make the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back season for the first time since 2007 and 2008. The Huskers made four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2005 to 2008.

Husker Nation Packs the Park

During the first 19 home games of the 2015 season the Huskers posted an attendance mark of 80,668 (avg. 4,245). Last season over 25 dates the Huskers posted a home attendance of 81,044 (avg. 3,241).

Of the top-15 single game home crowds in the Big Ten this year, the Huskers represent the top 13 spots, and hold 14 of the 15 sports. Indiana is the only other team in the top 15, holding the No. 14 spot.

Top-15 Single Game Home Crowds in the Big Ten this Season

Rank Date Teams Location Attendance

1 March 31 Nebraska vs. Creighton Lincoln, Neb. 7,319

2 March 14 Nebraska vs. Florida Gulf Coast Lincoln, Neb. 6,223

3 March 31 Nebraska vs. Florida Gulf Coast Lincoln, Neb. 6,062

4 March 28 Nebraska vs. Texas Lincoln, Neb. 5,852

5 March 29 Nebraska vs. Texas Lincoln, Neb. 5,793

6 April 11 Nebraska vs. Minnesota Lincoln, Neb. 5,719

7 March 15 Nebraska vs. Florida Gulf Coast Lincoln, Neb. 4,798

8 April 10 Nebraska vs. Minnesota Lincoln, Neb. 4,632

9 March 21 Nebraska vs. Michigan Lincoln, Neb. 4,551

10 April 12 Nebraska vs. Minnesota Lincoln, Neb. 4,153

11 March 10 Nebraska vs. Northern Colorado Lincoln, Neb. 4,121

12 March 22 Nebraska vs. Michigan Lincoln, Neb. 3,918

13 March 20 Nebraska vs. Michigan Lincoln, Neb. 3,809

14 April 11 Indiana vs. Rutgers Bloomington, Ind. 3,328

15 March 27 Nebraska vs. Texas Lincoln, Neb. 3,221

Draftees on 2015 Roster

Four members of the 2015 Husker baseball team have previously been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Drafted Huskers

Player Round Team Year

Derek Burkamper 20th Red Sox 2013

Ryan Boldt 22nd Red Sox 2013

Luis Alvarado 33rd Red Sox 2014

Garett King 36th Mets 2014

Huskers and Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park

Since TD Ameritrade Park opened in 2011, the Huskers and Jay have met seven times at the home of the College World Series.

Nebraska holds a slight 4-3 advantage in games at TD Ameritrade Park, including a 2-1 victory on Tuesday, April 19 in the first ever baseball game at the facility.

All-time, the Huskers hold a 76-49-2 advantage over the Jays.

Young Guns

Through 37 games this season the Huskers have seen six freshmen pitchers take the mound. The six newcomers have combined for 80.1 innings of work over 37 appearances, including nine starts.

Over the past three seasons combined the Huskers had a total of nine freshmen see time on the mound, including three in 2012, two in 2013 and four in 2014.