Lincoln, NE - Nebraska sophomore pitcher Jon Keller has pitched with a lead before, but Friday was a little different.
The Huskers scored four in the second, three in the third, six in the fourth, and four in the six inning to beat Louisiana Tech, 22-3 for the second time in consecutive days.
“I don’t think I have ever had a lead that big,” said Keller, who pitched six innings giving up one earned run with three strikeouts. “I really didn’t do too much. I was just trying to throw it over the plate. That’s easy.
“I was having trouble in the dugout. I don’t want to say I was getting bored, but I was getting stiff and stopped sweating, so I was just trying to move around and stuff. It’s great when you come out in the 6th and have 16 runs.”
The win is Nebraska’s ninth in their last 11 contests dating back to March 3rd against New Mexico State.
“That’s why baseball is so crazy,” said Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad, who saw his team score runs every inning but the fifth and seventh. “Today was our day to find the holes. Tomorrow can be totally different, it had no bearing on today, but we executed well today.”
Senior Kale Kiser, who’s batting .182 on the season with a .439 on-base percentage, went 3-for-4 with a home run and a two walks.
“It felt good to come out and get a couple hits like that,” said Kiser. “You are always going to take a home run, so it was good...I’m not working on one particular area, but maybe just groove out my stroke a little bit and fix a thing here and there. It’s not necessarily one big problem going on. It’s just mentally I have to get that confidence back. I know what I’m capable of.”
Nebraska (13-6) will take on La Tech again tomorrow for the third game in a four game series at Haymarket Park. The Huskers will send Tom Lemke (1-1) to the mound to square off against the Bulldogs’ Chris Sadberry (2-1). Game time is set for 1:35 P.M.
* Attendance for today’s game was 2918.
* Today’s 24 hits were the most hits since February 20th last year against Missouri State.
* Today’s 22 runs were the most since February 22nd, 2004 against Kent State, 22-9.
* Nebraska used a total of 17 players in today’s game.
* Chad Christensen went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a home run, his fifth of the season. He was batting .408 coming into the game.
* Nebraska lead-off hitter Michael Pritchard, who was batting .412 coming into the game, went 4-for-6 with four runs scored.