Series Preview: Huskers, Wolverines to battle in final regular season series
Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
The Nebraska baseball team (26-19, 13-8 Big Ten) concludes its regular season this week with a three-game series against Michigan (37-14, 15-5 Big Ten) at Hawks Field. All three games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Thursday’s series opener will begin at 7:32 p.m. (CT) and the first 1,000 fans will get an umbrella hat. Friday’s contest is slated for 8:02 p.m., and the first 500 fans will get a Husker baseball berm blanket.
Saturday’s regular-season finale is set for 2:02 p.m. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Huskers will hold their Senior Day ceremony.
Fans can purchase tickets for this weekend by visiting Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED.
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Last Time Out
The Huskers won 2-of-3 against Arizona State last weekend at Hawks Field in the penultimate series of the regular season. After dropping Friday’s opener, 15-6, Nebraska responded with a 2-1 win on Saturday before winning Sunday’s finale by an 8-5 margin.
The Huskers head to Omaha for the Big Ten Tournament next week at TD Ameritrade Park. Eight teams will battle for the title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament begins on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
How to Listen/Watch the Huskers
• Fans can listen to Greg Sharpe, Ben McLaughlin and Nick Handley call the action this weekend on the Learfield/IMG Husker Sports Network.
• Every game this season can be heard on Huskers.com and the Official Nebraska Huskers App for both iOS and android devices. All three games this weekend will 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.
• All three games will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Jeff Leise calling the action.
Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
• Nebraska leads the all-time series against Michigan, 11-10, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 1980. NU holds a 4-2 edge over the Wolverines in Lincoln. The two teams last met in 2016, as Michigan swept the Huskers in Ann Arbor.
• Michigan is 37-14 this season and leads the Big Ten with a 15-5 record in conference play. The Wolverines have dropped three of their last four after they were on a 13-game winning streak. Michigan salvaged its series against Indiana over the weekend with a Sunday win before falling to Kentucky on Tuesday night.
• In the latest RPI, Michigan is ranked 48th. In the polls, the Wolverines are ranked 19th (USA Today Coaches Poll), 22nd (Collegiate Baseball) and 27th (NCBWA).
• Head Coach Erik Bakich is 246-154-1 in his seventh season at Michigan. He holds an overall record of 316-252-1 in his 10th year. Bakich is assisted by Nick Schnabel, Chris Fetter and Michael Brdar.
• Players to Watch
- No. 22 Jordan Brewer (Junior OF): Leads the Big Ten with a .361 batting average and is among the conference leaders in home runs (12), hits (65), doubles (17), RBIs (51) and runs scored (51)
- No. 42 Jordan Nwogu (Sophomore OF): Ranks fourth in the Big Ten in batting average (.350) and has eight home runs and 56 hits
- No. 2 Jack Blomgren (Sophomore INF): Hitting .314 with 55 hits, six doubles and 34 RBIs
Huskers Tied for Third in Big Ten Standings, 37th in RPI
• In Big Ten play, the Huskers are 13-8 (.619 winning percentage), which puts them in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings with Illinois and Minnesota.
• Michigan leads the Big Ten with a 15-5 record (.750), while Indiana is in second with a 14-7 mark (.667). Iowa is in sixth place at 12-9 (.571). The top eight teams make the Big Ten Tournament.
• In the RPI, Nebraska has the third-best ranking among Big Ten teams with the No. 37 spot. No. 22 Illinois and No. 28 Indiana ahead of the Huskers, while No. 48 Michigan and No. 70 Minnesota are behind Nebraska in the RPI.
• Nebraska, in its eighth season as a member of the Big Ten, finished in the top two of the regular-season standings in four of its first six seasons in the conference before finishing 10th in 2018. NU won the regular-season crown in 2017 after finishing second in 2013, 2014 and 2016.