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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – The fifth-ranked team in the country, Cowley College swept the McCook Community College baseball team in convincing fashion Sunday sweeping a double-header 11-0 and 10-0.

MCC managed just five hits (four singles) in the two games Sunday while committing seven errors. Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) had the only extra-base hit on the day and the only hit in Game 1, a fifth-inning double.

“We did not play well at all today, I’ll tip my hat to their arms they were really good and made it tough on us offensively, we didn’t get anything going,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “Defensively it was a different story, we played as poor as we possibly could have, we didn’t have any tempo and we didn’t have any effort.”

Cowley improves to 8-0.

The Indians go to 4-4 on the season and will be home nine of the next 12 games starting with the home-opener Tuesday at 3 p.m. against Colby Community College. This weekend MCC hits the road for the Empire League opener in Lamar taking on the Runnin’ Lopes in a three-game series with a single game Saturday and two games Sunday.

“We have some serious work to do defensively but hopefully playing as bad as we possibly could have defensively will help us realize we have some serious work to do to get better,” Olsen said. “We just have to get back to practice and get some work in.”

GAME 1 – Cowley College 11, McCook CC 0: The Tigers scored a run in the first, four in the second and three runs each in the third and fourth innings. The Tigers had 10 hits and the Indians committed two errors in the game.

Isaac Vargas (sophomore, Greeley, Colo.) took the loss for the Indians, allowing 10 hits and eight runs over three innings. He struck out three.

GAME 2 – Cowley College 10, McCook CC 0: Cowley took a 1-0 lead in the second and added a pair in the third inning, but the two teams were held scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings. Cowley broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh.

MCC had four hits – all singles -- and committed four errors. Trey Taliaferro (freshman Coconut Creek, Fla.) had two of MCC’s hits, with the others coming from Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) and Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy).

Jayden Bastow (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) was tagged with the loss for MCC allowing six runs, six hits and striking out five in 5.2 innings.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball




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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – The McCook Community College baseball team led the No. 5 team in the nation for seven innings Saturday but the Cowley College Tigers came back for an 11-7 win in the first game of a three-game series.

“We put ourselves in position to win, up 7-6 in the bottom of the eight, but we just didn’t make enough plays to put it away,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

After a leadoff single in the bottom of the eight, Cowley’s Blaze Brothers stroked a two-run home run to give the Tigers an 8-7 lead, and an MCC error led to a pair of unearned runs.

“They put a good swing on a ball in the bottom of the eight for the go-ahead run,” Olsen said. “We didn’t play as clean of a game defensively as we could have.”

The Indians were charged with four errors on the day.

Braden Babcock (sophomore Oshawa, Ontario) started the game for MCC and allowed four earned runs and eight hits in five innings of work, walking two and striking out six.

Trailing 3-0 in the third, MCC took the lead with four runs including an RBI single by Pedro Perez (sophomore Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) and a two-out, three-run home run by Kade Wroot (sophomore, North Platte).

Cowley responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and made it a 6-4 game adding a run in the fourth.

MCC tallied a run in the fifth inning and, tied the game in the seventh on an RBI-single from Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) and took a 7-6 lead with an RBI-single off the bat of Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.).

“I thought offensively we put a few competitive at bats together and did some good things, we just have to take the next step to put the game away against a good team when we are in position to and that will take a team effort,” Olsen said.

The Indians had eight hits in the game including three by Wroot.

Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) went two innings in relief and was charged with a pair of earned runs, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out three. Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) pitched the final inning and was charged with three unearned runs on two hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

“We have a big day in front of us tomorrow to play again, that’s the nice thing about baseball -- a lot of times you get to get right back out there,” Olsen said.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball




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Evanston, Ill. - Nebraska took No. 19 Northwestern to the brink leading 56-51 with under three minutes left, but the Wildcats scored the game's final nine points to escape with a 60-56 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Leigha Brown led Nebraska with 14 points off the bench, including the Huskers' final two points on a turnaround jumper with 3:05 left, while Kate Cain added a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks and a career-high four steals.

Nebraska slipped to 16-10 overall and 6-9 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern improved to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in the conference with its fifth consecutive victory. Veronica Burton led Northwestern with 21 points, while Jordan Hamilton added 10 points and four assists off the bench for the Wildcats. Abi Scheid added nine points as well for the Cats.

Lindsey Pulliam, the No. 3 scorer in the Big Ten, also played a major role by putting up the final four points for the Wildcats in the game's final 25 seconds to finish with nine points and 10 rebounds. However, Pulliam scored seven of her nine points at the line and went just 1-for-13 from the field. Her one field goal came with 24.8 seconds left to end an 0-for-12 shooting drought on the day and give the Cats the victory.

Nebraska's defense was outstanding for four quarters, holding the Cats to just 28.8 percent (19-66) shooting for the game. Northwestern did hit 5-of-16 threes (.313) and 17-of-19 free throws. The Cats out-rebounded Nebraska, 36-34. In the game's most telling stat, the Cats won the turnover battle, 15-7, and outscored Nebraska 21-9 off those turnovers.

The Huskers hit 43.1 percent (22-51) of their shots from the floor, including 4-of-14 threes (.286) and 8-of-11 free throws.

In an entertaining and evenly played first half, Nebraska took a 33-29 lead to the locker room. The Huskers trailed 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, but closed the period on a 4-0 run in the final minute. Nebraska extended the surge to 9-0 by scoring the first five points of the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead. The Huskers did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the half.

Brown led Nebraska with nine first-half points. Cain powered the Huskers at both ends in the half, producing eight points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the half, while Ashtyn Veerbeek contributed seven points, including the three-pointer that gave Nebraska the lead to open the second quarter.

In the half, the Huskers hit 51.9 percent (14-27) of their shots from the field, including 2-of-5 threes. Nebraska also went 3-for-4 at the line. The Huskers held Northwestern to just 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor, including 1-for-6 (.167) from long range. The Cats did hit 6-of-8 free throws. Both teams grabbed 17 first-half rebounds, but Northwestern won the first-half turnover battle, 6-3.

Scheid led Northwestern with nine points and five rebounds in the half, while Burton added six points on a pair of traditional three-point plays.

Nebraska extended the biggest lead for either team in the game to nine points at 38-29 after a three-point play with 8:20 left in the third quarter to start the second half on a 5-0 run. Northwestern cut the lead to 44-42 at the end of three quarters before the Huskers pushed the edge back to six at 48-42 to open the third quarter after Cain's final basket with 8:15 left.

The Wildcats then erupted on a 7-0 spurt in 1:50 to take a brief 49-48 lead on Burton's three-pointer with 6:07 left. Nebraska then answered with a 6-0 run of its own that started with a free throw from Isabelle Bourne, followed by a bucket from Veerbeek and capped by a three-pointer from Sam Haiby with 3:52 left. Haiby finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action against Ohio State on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tip-off against the Buckeyes in Columbus is set for 6 p.m. (CT).




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Waco, Texas – The Nebraska baseball team (1-2) led Baylor, 2-0, after the top of the third, but the Bears responded with seven unanswered runs on its way to a 7-2 win at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore lefty Cade Povich, making his Husker debut, threw 4.0 innings and allowed four runs (no earned runs) while recording seven strikeouts and no walks. Bo Blessie (1.1 innings) and Trey Kissack (0.1) came out of the bullpen before Kyle Perry pitched 2.1 no-hit scoreless innings.

In the opening frame, the Huskers went down 1-2-3. Povich struck out the side in the bottom half.

NU scored first with one run in the top of the second. After Ty Roseberry delivered a one-out single, Mojo Hagge singled to advance him to third. After a strikeout, Drew Gilin drove in Roseberry with an RBI single up the middle. A flyout left two runners stranded. All three Bears were retired in the bottom of the second as Povich added a pair of strikeouts.

Nebraska added a run in the top of the third to build a 2-0 advantage. Spencer Schwellenbach drew a one-out walk before advancing to third on Aaron Palensky's double. Luke Roskam drove in Schwellenbach with an RBI groundout. Roseberry walked, but a flyout left two runners on. In the bottom of the third, Baylor plated three runs to take a 3-2 lead. With two outs and one runner on, each of the next three Baylor hitters reached base on a single, error and triple.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fourth. In the bottom half, the Bears produced back-to-back two-out hits, but left both runners stranded.

Cam Chick hit a leadoff single in the top of the fifth before being thrown out on a fielder's choice. Palensky singled to put two runners on, but a double play ended the frame. Baylor added a run in the bottom of the fifth to extend its lead to 4-2. Each of the first two Bears batters singled during the frame before a passed ball brought in the run.

In the top of the sixth, NU loaded the bases with one out, but a double play kept the Huskers from scoring. Baylor tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth to build a 7-2 lead. The Bears managed four baserunners during the frame on two base hits and two walks.

Schwellenbach laced a one-out single in the top of the seventh, but a double play kept NU from adding to its score. Perry retired all three Bears in the bottom of the seventh.

Roskam drew a leadoff walk, but three consecutive outs left him stranded in the top of the eighth. The Bears went down in order in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, the Huskers were retired in order.

The Huskers return to action next weekend at the Tony Gwynn Legacy in San Diego, Calif. NU faces San Diego (Friday), San Diego State (Saturday) and Arizona (Sunday, Feb. 23) at the event.




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Lincoln – University of Nebraska guard Matej Kavas (pronounced MAH-tey KAH-vahs) will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, as he suffered an injury in the first half of Nebraska’s loss to Wisconsin Saturday afternoon.

Medical test showed that Kavas, a 6-foot-8 senior guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has an injury to his left hand. Further testing and evaluation by a hand specialist are planned for Monday to determine the further course of action. That examination will determine his prognosis, but the injury results on Saturday have ruled Kavas out for the remainder of the season.

“It is disappointing to see Matej’s college career end because of an injury,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Matej was one of the first players to commit to Nebraska when we started last spring. He believed he could help set the foundation for our program even though he had one season to play. Everyone in our program appreciates Matej, and we look forward to him having a full recovery and getting the opportunity to continue playing after college.”

Kavas played in 22 games at Nebraska this season as a graduate transfer, averaging 5.3 points per game, as one of the Huskers’ top scorers off the bench. He had seven double-figure performances in 2019-20, including a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, against North Dakota.

Kavas had been playing some of his best basketball in recent games, averaging 8.3 ppg on 50 percent shooting in the three games prior to the Wisconsin game, including an 11-point effort off the bench against No. 9 Maryland in a 72-70 loss on Feb. 11.

Kavas, who played his first three seasons at Seattle University, totaled 1,096 career points, including 200 3-pointers, in his collegiate career. He was 11th nationally among active players in 3-point percentage (.431). His best season was in 2017-18 at Seattle, when he averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game to earn second-team All-WAC honors. That year, he led the conference in both 3-pointers per game (2.8) and 3-point percentage (.464).

The Huskers return to action on Thursday. Feb. 20, when Nebraska hosts Michigan State. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by FS1 and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.




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Lincoln, Neb. - A decisive 21-5 second half run lifted Wisconsin to a 81-64 victory over Nebraska Saturday afternoon  

The Huskers trailed 39-38 at halftime and led 43-41 after Kevin Cross' 3-pointer with 18:28 remaining. From there, Wisconsin took control, as D'Mitirk Trice hit three of his five 3-pointers in the spurt, pushing the Badger lead to 17 before Thorir Thorbjarnarson's 3-pointer ended the Badger run . 

Nebraska chipped away at the deficit, pulling to within 10 with just under eight minutes remaining. The Huskers had two open looks on the next two possessions, but could not pull any closer before Wisconsin ran off eight straight points, including a pair of 3-point from Brad Davision to push the lead back to 18 with just over five minutes remaining.

  Senior guard Haanif Cheatham reached double figures for the 17th time this season leading the Huskers with 17 points. Dachon Burke would add 10 for the Huskers, while Cam Mack flirted with a triple double, finishing with  eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Yvan Ouedraego would have a solid game coming off the bench for the Huskers with eight points and 10 rebounds.
For the Badgers, Davison tied his career high of 30 points and also tied a school record for the three-pointers made in a game with eight. Davison is the only Big Ten player to have made eight three-pointers in a conference game this year. Micah Potter added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Badgers (15-10, 8-6) off the bench.  

The Huskers (7-18, 2-12) will return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night when they host Michigan State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the will be carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.





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Kearney, Neb. – Junior guard Jake Walker tallied 25 points, tying a season-high, and senior forward Morgan Soucie scored 24 to help Nebraska-Kearney beat Central Missouri, 78-74, Saturday evening in Warrensburg.  

The Lopers (15-9, 9-6) won its fourth road game of the year despite the loss of Bellevue senior forward AJ Jackson (14.3 points & 4.2 rebounds per game) who was injured in Thursday's loss at Lincoln. He had scored 20 points in three of the last four games.

"I'm extremely proud of them. We were obviously short-handed without AJ … he's kind of our emotional leader and to not have him out there was tough," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "We needed to find a way to get it done and we did."

In a back and forth game that featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes, UNK erased a six-point second half deficit thanks to a 12-4 run. Walker (Centerville, Utah) hit two threes in this stretch with a layup by Soucie (Osawatomie, Kan.) making it 63-61 with 5:26 remaining.

The Lopers didn't trail again but the Mules, who went 10 of 19 from behind arc, hung around and forced UNK to make some free throws. Texas senior lefty Chase Winchester did just that, going 4 of 4 at the line in the final 23 seconds. He also made a layup at the 1:59 mark to push the Kearney lead to three at 72-69.

"We had to be gritty, play hard, play smart and play together. No one guy was going to do it … everyone had to find a way to pitch in," Lofton said.  "We had one true big on the floor and they didn't beat us on the boards. We played winning basketball for the most part."

Having seven fewer turnovers than the Mules (9-15, 4-11), UNK went 9 of 11 at the line in the second half and won despite UCM shooting 54% (26 of 48) from the field.

 

Walker went 6 of 10 from three-point land and also made five of six free throws. His fifth 20-point game of the year, he had 25 in last Saturday's win over Newman. Next Soucie made 9 of 16 shots and fell a rebound shy of a double double with Winchester going all 40 minutes and providing 11 points, two boards, one assist and no turnovers.
 
UCM had three starters and reserve in double figures including Omaha redshirt freshman Shae Wyatt (10). He also is a standout wide receiver in on the Mule football team.

The Lopers host Rogers State and Northeastern State next weekend.




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Kearney, Neb. – Seniors Morgan Fleming and Megan Skaggs combined for 45 points and No. 16/24 Central Missouri sunk 27 of 28 free throws to beat No. 22/25 Nebraska-Kearney, 75-65, Saturday afternoon in Warrensburg.

This battle for first place in the MIAA standings was the only meeting between the Jennies (20-4, 14-1) and Lopers (23-3, 12-3) this season. UNK sees an 11-game win streak come to an end and falls to 1-8 all-time vs. UCM.

“It was a one-point game early in the fourth. I didn’t think it was our effort or the ability to play hard. It comes down to make plays at the right time and they made some timely ones,” UNK assistant coach Devin Eighmey said. “They have two outstanding seniors and they carried them in the fourth.”

On “Senior Day” it was fitting Fleming and Skaggs carried the Jennies to victory. Each played 36 minutes with Fleming tallying a game-high 24 points (11 of 12 FT’s) and grabbing eight boards while Skaggs ended with 21 points (11 of 11 FT’s), six rebounds and three steals. The pair, combining for 22 fourth quarter points, helped UCM go 19 of 19 at the line over the final 10 minutes.

Crofton junior guard Kelsey Sanger nailed a three with 7:22 remaining to make it just a two-point deficit, 47-45. However UCM responded with an 18-4 run over the next four minutes to salt things away. This key stretch featured three of the Jennies eight made threes with Skaggs and Fleming each hitting one. UNK hit four threes in the final three minutes to make things a bit interesting but UCM, a 75% free throw shooting team, didn’t miss at the line.  

“We had our chances. When we had a three-point in the first half it should’ve been five or seven. We took five more shots than they did but we missed a few around the basket. Their length did cause some problems,” Eighmey said. “Offensively we kept our heads down at times and missed some open people.”

The Lopers were out rebounded by just two and shot 42% from the field. Making seven of 14 free throws, UNK almost got a double double from Elkhorn sophomore post Brooke Carlson (15 pts., nine rebs.) while South Dakota sophomore Klaire Kirsch (12 rebs., 10 pts.) did record her third double double of the winter. Eight others scored including six points apiece by reserves Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) and Madison Dreckman (Le Mars, Ia.).

Besides Skaggs and Fleming UCM got nine points, five assists and three steals from junior guard Gigi McAtee.

UNK hosts Rogers State and Northeastern State next week.





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Waco, Texas – The Nebraska baseball team (1-1) fell to Baylor, 8-7, on a walk-off single in the 10th inning at Baylor Ballpark on Saturday afternoon, setting up a rubber match between the former conference foes on Sunday.

Relief pitcher Max Schreiber threw a career-high 5.0 scoreless innings and recorded a career-high six strikeouts after starter Colby Gomes (2.0 innings) and Caleb Feekin (1.0) pitched the first three frames for the Big Red. Shay Schanaman took the loss after allowing two runs in 1.1 innings of work.

In the opening frame, Cam Chick slugged a leadoff home run to right field, his fifth career home run. Aaron Palensky managed a one-out walk, but a double play ended the inning. Baylor tied the score at 1-1 with a run of its own in the bottom half. The Bears produced back-to-back one-out doubles, but left the second runner stranded at third.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the second. The Bears took their first lead of the series with two runs in the bottom of the second to make the score 3-1. Each of BU’s first three batters reached base with two singles and a walk. Tre Richardson laced a two-out triple to drive in one run before a flyout ended the frame.

Joe Acker hit a one-out single in the top of the third and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Spencer Schwellenbach reached on a wild pitch with two outs, but he and Acker were left stranded at the corners. In the bottom of the third, Baylor’s Nick Loftin and Andy Thomas smacked back-to-back home runs to extend its lead to 5-1. The Bears left two runners stranded in the inning.

In the top of the fourth, all three Husker hitters were retired. Baylor added a run in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to 6-1. The first two Bears reached base via walk and base hit before two groundouts and a strikeout ended the inning and left one on base.

Nebraska plated five runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 6-6. After a leadoff groundout, each of the next seven batters reached base. Ty Roseberry singled before Acker was hit-by-pitch and Chick singled to load the bases. Palensky smashed a grand slam to drive in each of them and tie the game. Roskam doubled and Leighton Banjoff drew a walk, but a double play ended the frame for the Big Red. In the bottom of the fifth, the Bears managed two baserunners but couldn’t score.

Roseberry blasted a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give NU a 7-6 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, Baylor left two runners stranded in a scoreless inning.

Roskam drew a two-out walk in the top of the seventh, but remained stranded as the other three Husker batters were retired. The Bears managed one baserunner via hit-by-pitch, but Schreiber struck out two and forced a groundout.

Hagge managed a single in the top of the eighth, but NU couldn’t bring him in. Schreiber allowed one walk in the bottom of the eighth, but he retired the other three Bear batters during the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Spencer Schwellenbach hit a one-out single, but was caught stealing after a flyout. In the bottom of the ninth, Baylor scored one run to send the game into extra innings. A leadoff walk followed by a single and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. BU’s run scored on a groundout, but the Bears left the go-ahead run stranded at third.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the 10th. Baylor’s leadoff batter in the 10th doubled and was driven home when Chase Wehsener delivered the walk-off hit with one out.

The Huskers and Bears wrap up their series on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. (CT). Fans can watch the game online via ESPN+ or listen to the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.




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