Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (26-19) took down Arizona State in the series rubber match, 8-5, at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Reece Eddins earned his team-high sixth win of the season as he went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs, while recording three strikeouts. Mike Waldron came on for 1.2 innings of relief before Shay Schanaman tossed the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season. Senior Alex Henwood produced a career-high three hits, which included a home run and a double. Angelo Altavilla and Aaron Palensky also tallied multi-hit efforts as each of them had two hits. Nebraska took the early lead with one run in the bottom of the first as Cam Chick blasted a solo home run to right field. Arizona State responded with three runs in the top of the second, but the Huskers tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Altavilla drew a leadoff walk before Henwood smacked a two-run home run to right field. Tied 3-3, the two teams played a scoreless third inning and fourth inning before NU plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot and then advanced to third with Henwood’s one-out double. Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Colby Gomes drew a walk to put two runners on before Jaxon Hallmark annihilated a three-run home run to left field. ASU’s Trevor Hauver hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-4. The Sun Devils added a run in the top of the eighth when Lyle Lin hit his second home run of the game, also a solo shot. NU responded in the bottom of the eighth with one run. Palensky hit a leadoff single before stealing second. Altavilla laced an RBI double to bring in Palensky and give the Huskers an insurance run. The Huskers conclude their regular season next week when they host Michigan at Hawks Field for a three-game series, Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s series opener is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT). All three games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (25-19) bounced back in Game 2 of its series against Arizona State, winning by a 2-1 margin over the Sun Devils at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers never trailed in the game, scoring one run in the third and one run in the fourth inning.
Senior Nate Fisher picked up his fifth win of the season, throwing 5.1 innings and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. Robbie Palkert tossed 2.2 scoreless innings and fanned six Sun Devils to tie his career-best strikeout total. Freshman Colby Gomes earned his team-high 10th save of the season by pitching the final 1.0 inning.
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, Nebraska struck first with one run in the bottom of the third. Mojo Hagge hit a one-out single before stealing second during the next at-bat. Aaron Palensky was intentionally walked to put two runners on. Luke Roskam laced an RBI single to center field to drive in Hagge and give the Huskers the lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, NU added one run to extend its lead to 2-0. Angelo Altavilla hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on Alex Henwood’s one-out single. Gomes drove in Altavilla with an RBI single down the left field line.
After a scoreless fifth inning, ASU got on the board when Spencer Torkelson hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth. Palkert entered the game during the inning with one out and runners on first and second. He struck out his first batter before a wild pitch advanced the two runners to second and third. A walk loaded the bases, but the Husker defense escaped from the inning with a fielder’s choice groundout.
The Sun Devils went down in order in the top of the seventh before leaving a runner stranded on third in the top of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, ASU’s leadoff hitter singled before NU recorded the first out on a fielder’s choice. Drew Swift hit one to deep left field that looked like it might go over the fence before Hagge caught it against the wall and saved it. With two outs, Gomes struck out the next batter to end the game.
The Huskers and Sun Devils conclude their series on Sunday, starting at 1:05 p.m. (CT).
Lincoln, Neb. – One of the nation’s high-powered offenses produced 21 hits and four home runs, as Arizona State defeated Nebraska (24-19) by a 15-6 margin at Hawks Field on Friday night.
The Sun Devils scored at least one run in six separate innings during the non-conference series opener, including a six-run output in the top of the seventh. With the win, Arizona State improves to 35-12 this season. Nebraska saw multi-hit efforts from Aaron Palensky and Cam Chick. Palensky, who went 3-for-5, recorded his team-best 18th multi-hit performance of the season. Chick went 2-for-5, while four other Huskers each had one hit. In the top of the first, ASU’s leadoff hitter launched a solo home run to right field. The Sun Devils added two runs in the top of the second before NU responded with one run in the bottom half of the frame. Luke Roskam smashed his third home run of the season to put the Huskers on the board. Arizona State scratched out two more runs in the top of the third before Nebraska responded with one run in the bottom of the third. Alex Henwood singled in the leadoff spot before Jaxon Hallmark reached on a fielder’s choice. Mojo Hagge’s RBI triple drove in Hallmark. The Sun Devils added a run in the top of the fourth to extend their lead to 6-2 before the two teams played scoreless fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, ASU plated six runs on five hits. The Sun Devils added three runs in the top of the eighth to build a 15-2 advantage. In the bottom of the eighth, Palensky launched a three-run home run, his fourth of the season, after Carter Cross walked and Chick singled. Chick added an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that brought in Mike Addante after he drew a two-out walk.
Senior right-hander Matt Waldron went 4.0 innings and allowed six runs, while recording four strikeouts. Nebraska saw relief outings from Max Schreiber (2.0 innings), Chad Luensmann (0.1), Ethan Frazier (0.2), Tyler Martin (1.0) and Paul Tillotson (1.0). The Huskers and Sun Devils resume their series on Saturday, starting at 2:05 p.m. (CT).
Lincoln – Train like a Husker this summer, as Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has announced a series of summer camps and clinics. The camps will take place throughout the month of June at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Huskers camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year.
Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
2019 Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps
|Day Camp #1||Mon.-Thurs., June 10-13||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Day Camp #2||Mon.-Thurs., June 24-27||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Little Huskers Camp||Wed.-Fri., June 19-21||9 a.m. – Noon||Boys/Girls Grades K-4||$180|
|Ball Handling and Shooting Clinic||Friday, June 14||9 a.m.-Noon||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Forward Specialty Clinic||Friday, June 14||1-4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Dual Clinic Special||Friday, June 14||9 a.m. -4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$110|
Lincoln – University of Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby was one of 66 players invited to the 2019 NBA Combine, as the NBA released its list of invitees on Wednesday. Roby becomes the first Husker invited to the NBA Combine since Terran Petteway in 2015.
A 6-foot-8, 228-pound forward from Dixon, Ill., Roby enjoyed a breakout 2018-19 campaign, setting career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game to help the Huskers to 19 wins and a second straight NIT appearance. He made 35 starts and finished among the Big Ten leaders in blocked shots (third), steals (ninth) and rebounding (14th) and was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in both blocked shots and steals.
Roby tallied three double-doubles – all in Big Ten action - and had a career high 28 points in Nebraska’s NIT win over Butler. It was one of five 20-point games for the junior forward. His 66 blocked shots in 2018-19 tied for ninth in school history, and he joined Venson Hamilton (1997-98 and 1998-99), as the only Huskers to put together consecutive seasons of at least 50 blocked shots and 50 assists.
Following the combine, Roby will have until Wednesday, May 29th to withdraw from the NBA Draft and preserve his collegiate eligibility.
The 2019 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
All three games of the baseball series between Nebraska and Michigan at Hawks Field, May 16-18, will be televised on the Big Ten Network as the TV wildcard selections for the final weekend of the regular season. As a result, the start times for the first two games of the series will be changed from the originally scheduled times. The series opener on Thursday, May 16 will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The game on Friday, May 17 will start at 8 p.m. (CT). The regular-season finale between the Huskers and Wolverines is still scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. (CT).
Updated Schedule for Nebraska-Michigan Series
Thursday, May 16 – 7:30 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Friday, May 17 – 8 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Saturday, May 18 – 2 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Lincoln – Nebraska senior guard James Palmer Jr. will have another opportunity to showcase his skills in front of NBA teams, as he was selected to the first-ever NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago next week.
The event for college players goes from May 13-14, and provides an opportunity for the top-40 players not originally selected for the NBA Combine, an opportunity to qualify for the combine. A select number of players from the draft-eligible group will be invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Draft Combine based on their performance in the NBA G League Elite Camp. The NBA Draft Combine will be held May 14-19 in Chicago.
This camp continues a busy stretch for Palmer since his senior season ended. He played in the Reese's College All-Star Game during Final Four weekend and in the Portsmouth Invitational, where he earned All-Tournament honors.
Last season, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, ranking third in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in steals. He established Nebraska single-season records in points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269) to help the Huskers make their second straight postseason appearance.
A third-team All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-District pick by the USBWA in 2019, Palmer had 18 20-point games as a senior, including a 34-point effort against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament. In his two-year career at Nebraska, Palmer finished with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game) as he started all 69 games in that span.
|NBA Draft-Eligible Players – Player (College/Club)|
|Battle, Tyus (Syracuse)||Jeffries, DaQuan (Tulsa)|
|Boatwright, Bennie (USC)||Konate, Sagaba (West Virginia)|
|Booth, Phil (Villanova)||Maker, Matur (Mississauga Prep (Canada)/Zlatorog (Slovenia))|
|Brissett, Oshae (Syracuse)||Mann, Terance (Florida State)|
|Brown, Bryce (Auburn)||Martin, Caleb (Nevada)|
|Cheatham, Zylan (Arizona State)||Martin, Cody (Nevada)|
|Clemons, Chris (Campbell)||Maye, Luke (North Carolina)|
|Coffey, Amir (Minnesota)||Mourning, Trey (Georgetown)|
|Cook, Tyler (Iowa)||Nembhard, Andrew (Florida)|
|Cumberland, Jarron (Cincinnati)||Palmer Jr., James (Nebraska)|
|Dawkins, Aubrey (Central Florida)||Perkins, Josh (Gonzaga)|
|DeLaurier, Javin (Duke)||Perry, Reggie (Mississippi State)|
|Diakite, Mamadi (Virginia)||Pickett, Jalen (Siena)|
|Elleby, CJ (Washington State)||Powell, Myles (Seton Hall)|
|Fall, Tacko (Central Florida)||Robinson, Justin (Virginia Tech)|
|Franks, Robert (Washington State)||Shayok, Marial (Iowa State)|
|Harper, Jared (Auburn)||Strus, Max (DePaul)|
|Happ, Ethan (Wisconsin)||Wigginton, Lindell (Iowa State)|
|Hernandez, Dewan (Miami)||Wooten, Kenny (Oregon)|
|Hinton, Amir (Shaw (NC))||Wright-Foreman, Justin (Hofstra)|
Evanston, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (24-18, 13-8 Big Ten) produced 12 hits in a 6-4 win over Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Monday afternoon.
Senior right-handed pitcher Reece Eddins, making his ninth start of the season, went 6.0 innings and allowed one run, while recording six strikeouts and only walked one batter. Robbie Palkert threw 2.0 innings before Colby Gomes tossed the final 1.0 inning to pick up his team-high ninth save of the season.
In the opening frame, Nebraska took the early lead when Aaron Palensky smashed a leadoff home run. The Huskers left one runner stranded after Joe Acker drew a one-out walk. The Wildcats left two runners on in a scoreless frame.
Luke Roskam drew a one-out walk before Angelo Altavilla hit a two-out single to put two runners on, but a fielder’s choice ended the inning. Northwestern left one runner on base in a scoreless inning, as Nebraska retained a 1-0 lead.
The Huskers went down in order in the top of the third. Northwestern managed a single, but couldn’t drive in the run in the bottom of the third.
Nebraska was retired 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth with three groundouts. Eddins retired all three Wildcat batters in the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the Huskers plated one run to extend its lead to 2-0. Colby Gomes hit a leadoff single before Altavilla drove him in with an RBI double. Palensky drew a walk before Cam Chick reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Back-to-back strikeouts and a fielder’s choice kept Nebraska from adding any more runs. Casey O’Laughlin hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the score to 2-1 before three consecutive outs.
Nebraska added two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 4-1 lead. Jaxon Hallmark ripped a leadoff triple before scoring on Altavilla’s two-out RBI double. Palensky continued the hitting barrage with an RBI single to drive in Altavilla. Chick was hit-by-pitch and Acker singled, but both runners were left stranded. In the bottom of the sixth, Northwestern left two stranded in a scoreless frame that featured one hit and one error.
The Huskers extended their lead to 5-1 with one run in the top of the seventh. Mojo Hagge smashed a leadoff double before Hallmark singled. Gomes was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Altavilla’s groundout drove in one run before a flyout ended the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Palkert retired all three Wildcat hitters he faced.
Chick drew a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth before stealing second base. He also stole third and scored on the play when the Northwestern catcher overthrew the third baseman. Hagge singled and Hallmark walked, but both were left stranded. Northwestern trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, Altavilla was hit-by-pitch with one out and advanced to third on Palensky’s base hit. They were each left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts. The Wildcats scored one run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough.
The Huskers welcome Arizona State to Hawks Field this weekend for a three-game series, starting on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT) on NET.
Evanston, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (23-18, 12-8 Big Ten) was held to three hits in a 10-2 loss to Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.
Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 11th start of the season, threw 5.2 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned runs), while recording five strikeouts and one walk. Mike Waldron went 1.2 innings of relief before Chad Luensmann tossed the final 0.2 inning.
In the top of the first, Nebraska scored one run to take the early lead. Aaron Palensky hit a leadoff single before Cam Chick’s base hit in the No. 2 spot. After a foul-out, a sacrifice fly scored Palensky from third base. Chick stole second, but was left stranded. In the bottom of the first, Northwestern left one runner stranded in a scoreless frame.
Angelo Altavilla drew a one-out walk in the top of the second, but back-to-back outs kept Nebraska from adding to its lead. The Wildcats managed one baserunner in the bottom of the second, but he was picked off at first base.
The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Northwestern plated three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Wildcats strung together three hits, while Nebraska committed two errors during the frame.
Gunner Hellstrom drew a two-out walk in the fourth, but the Huskers were held scoreless. Northwestern tacked on two more runs to extend its lead to 5-1. The Wildcats scored both of their runs with two outs, as they tallied two hits and Nebraska committed one error in the frame.
Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, but was thrown out on a double play. Palensky was hit-by-pitch before a flyout ended a scoreless frame. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.
Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the sixth with two groundouts and a strikeout. Northwestern added two runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 7-1. The Wildcats produced three hits during the frame.
In the top of the seventh, the Huskers were sat down in order. The Wildcats managed a double in the bottom of the seventh, but left the runner stranded.
The Huskers scored one run in the top of the eighth to trim the deficit to 7-2. Chick drew a two-out walk before Joe Acker blistered an RBI double to drive him in. It was Nebraska’s first hit and first run since the opening frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Northwestern tacked on three more runs to extend its lead to 10-2. Five of the first six hitters recorded hits, including a home run and a double, before Nebraska tallied back-to-back outs to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, all three Husker hitters flied out.
The series between Nebraska and Northwestern concludes on Monday, with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m. (CT).
COLUMBUS – The North Platte Community College softball team put the tying run at third base Sunday but fell 4-3 to Central Community College as the season ends in the first round of the Region IX Division II tournament. Sunday was the third game of a best-of-three, first-round series. CCC won the first game Saturday 6-5 in eight innings. North Platte came back to win the second game Saturday 10-0 to set up Game 3 Sunday.
“We fought all the way to the end and never gave up,” said North Platte Coach Janelle Higgins. “We knew it was going to be a battle all the way to the end and it was.”
North Platte came out Sunday with a first-inning lead. After the game started on a Raider error, Emily Marsden (Papillion) singled and both runners moved up on a Willow Chitty (North Platte) sacrifice bunt and the Knights took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hallei Morales (North Platte).
Central tied the game in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead with a run in the third, and added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lead 4-1.
“We missed opportunities to score almost every inning and that was the difference in the game,” Higgins said.
In the North Platte seventh, Morales led off with a walk, but after a strikeout and a fielder’s choice the Knights got down to their last strike twice but didn’t fold. Megan Hernandez-Bellew (Broomfield, Colo.) singled to center. Maddie Liddell (Glenwood, Iowa) got down 0-2 but worked a walk to load the bases for Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) who singled on an 0-2 pitch to right field to drive home two runs and close the gap to 4-3, but the rally ended with runners on first and third.
Marsden pitched six innings and absorbed the loss, she allowed eight hits, and struck out four.
North Platte had seven hits in the game with two from Hernandez-Bellew and five singles.
With the win Central CC improves to 13-22 and advances to the Region IX Division II championship series at Beatrice against Southeast Community College – a best-of-three-game series.
North Platte finishes the season at 16-29.
“It’s always hard to lose but it’s harder when you know the season is over,” Higgins said. “This team left everything on the field today and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
GAME 1 (Saturday) – Central CC, 6, North Platte CC 5 (8 innings): The two teams traded leads five times before the Raiders scored the game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning.
North Platte took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Emily Marsden’s two-run double. Central scored two in the third and one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
The Knights responded with a run in the sixth on a single by Alea Binkly (Council Bluffs, Iowa) and a double by Ashylnn Krueger (Littleton, Colo.). With one out in the seventh, Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) and Marsden singled, then two outs Hallei Morales doubled to center to put North Platte in the lead 5-4.
Central scored a run in the seventh to tie and one in the eighth for the win.
Krueger pitched the first 6.1 innings, allowed five runs and six hits, one walk and she struck out one.
GAME 2 (Saturday) – North Platte CC 10, Central CC 0: The Knights rebounded from the walk-off loss by exploding for four runs in the first inning, two in the second, and finished out the game with three in the fourth and one in the fifth to polish off the Raiders in five innings.
Willow Chitty powered a two-run homer in the first and went four-for-four at the plate to drive in half of North Platte’s 10 runs.
Emily Marsden was the winning pitcher going four hitless, scoreless innings, striking out six. Hailey Wilkins (Tyler, Texas) recorded the last three outs to earn the save.
Hallei Morales went three-for-four and Kayleigh Bucio went two-for-two as North Platte outhit Central CC 11-1.