It’s “two and barbeque” for Nebraska baseball. The Huskers fell to Indiana in an elimination game in the Big Ten Tournament earlier today.
The Huskers couldn’t get much offense going, producing just three hits. Freshman Matt Waldron went 5.2 innings, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits and three walks. Waldron has not allowed an earned run in over 24 innings.
The Huskers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Ryan Boldt it an RBI single down the left field line, scoring Luis Alvarado. The lead did not last long though.
The Hoosiers jumped on top in the top of the fourth inning after the Huskers allowed two unearned runs. In the bottom of the sixth, the Huskers showed some life as Indiana’s starting pitcher hit Ryan Boldt with a pitch. Jake Placzek laid down the sacrifice bunt, advancing Boldt to second.
The Hoosiers intentionally walked Ben Miller, leading to an RBI single from Jesse Wilkening, tying the ball game at two a piece.
The Huskers gave up a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, and then a two-run homer from Laren Eustace in the top of the eighth that put the nail in the coffin as Indiana went on to win 6-2. Eustace’s home run was the fifth home run of the Big Ten Tournament and the 107th home run hit at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Hoosiers advance to the next round of the losers bracket, facing off against the loser of the Michigan State and Maryland game.
The Huskers are eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament and now must wait to see if they get a bid into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show airs Monday on ESPNU at 11 a.m.
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