Nebraska (16-19, 3-7 Big Ten) at Rutgers (19-14, 4-5 Big Ten)
April 20-22, 2018
Bainton Field • Piscataway, N.J.
Friday, April 20 • 1 p.m. (CT)
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Luis Alvarado (2-4) vs. John O’Reilly (4-1)
Saturday, April 21 • Noon (CT)
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Matt Waldron (3-2) vs. Harry Rutkowski (4-2)
Sunday, April 22 • 11 a.m. (CT)
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Matt Warren (3-3) vs. TBA
The Nebraska baseball team visits Piscataway, N.J., this weekend to face Rutgers for a three-game series. Friday’s opener is set for 1 p.m. (CT), which is one hour earlier than the first announced start time. Saturday’s game will start at noon (CT) and Sunday’s finale will begin at 11 a.m. (CT).
How to Listen/Watch the Huskers
Fans can listen to Nick Handley and Ben McLaughlin call the action throughout the season on the 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.
Friday and Sunday’s games will be carried on TuneIn.com and the TuneIn App on the Husker IMG Sports Network channel. Saturday’s game won’t be on TuneIn due to the football Spring Game.
All three games will be streamed live online on BTN Plus. Subscriptions for BTN Plus are available on a monthly or annual basis. A school pass subscription is $79.95 for one year and $9.95 for one month. A conference pass subscription is $119.95 for one year and $14.95 for one month.
Last Time Out
The Huskers dropped both non-conference home games earlier this week. On Tuesday, NU fell to Kansas State, 4-3, before losing to Omaha by an 8-7 margin on Wednesday.
The Huskers return home to host Creighton at Hawks Field on Tuesday night, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Scouting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
- Nebraska leads the all-time series against Rutgers, 8-1, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 2001.
» Nebraska is 2-1 all-time on the road against Rutgers
» Nebraska is 5-0 all-time at home against Rutgers
» Nebraska is 1-0 all-time against Rutgers at a neutral site
- Rutgers is 19-14 this season with a 4-5 record in Big Ten play. The Scarlet Knights defeated Monmouth on Tuesday night after being swept by Illinois last weekend.
- Head Coach Joe Litterio is 114-132-1 in his fifth season at Rutgers. He holds a career record of 354-504-3 in his 17th year. Litterio is assisted by Phil Cundari and Jim Duffy.
- Players to Watch
» #7 Nick Matera (Junior C): Leads the team in home runs (4) and doubles (10), while batting .297
» #29 Luke Bowerbank (Junior OF): Tied for the team best in batting average (.321) and has 21 RBIs
» #15 Kyle Walker (Senior INF): Tied for the team best in batting average (.321) and has one home run
Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska’s rally attempt fell short against Omaha at Hawks Field on Wednesday night, as the Huskers dropped an 8-7 decision to the Mavericks. The Huskers trailed 8-2 after the top of the sixth before scoring five unanswered runs.
Nebraska’s 2-3-4 hitters went 7-for-13 to lead the Husker offense. Scott Schreiber went 3-for-5, while Jesse Wilkening and Luke Roskam also notched multi-hit performances. The Huskers outhit Omaha 9-7, but NU walked nine Mavericks and hit five batters.
Omaha scored two runs in the top of the first, but Nebraska responded with two runs of its own to tie the game after the opening frame. Schreiber laced a triple before Roskam’s fourth home run of the season drove him in. After a scoreless second frame, Omaha tacked on a pair of runs in the third inning.
In the sixth inning, the Mavericks scored four runs to build an 8-2 advantage. NU’s first three batters each singled in the bottom of the sixth. Schreiber and Wilkening reached base first before Roskam’s RBI single brought in Schreiber. The two base runners were left stranded.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ben Klenke reached on an error before advancing to second on a wild pitch. A fielder’s choice advanced him to third before Wilkening’s RBI single drove him in. Roskam walked to load the bases before Angelo Altavilla hit a two-RBI single.
Klenke hit a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth before Hagge walked with two outs. Schreiber’s RBI single brought in one run, but the Huskers left two runners on base.
The Huskers travel to Piscataway, N.J., this weekend for a three-game series against Rutgers, starting on Friday at 1 p.m. (CT). This game time is one hour earlier than the originally scheduled start time.
Nebraska will hold its annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 11 a.m. The game will be carried live on the IMG Husker Sports Network and televised live to a national audience on BTN.
The spring game sold out originally in just more than 24 hours, and last week there were more than 9,500 requests for 1,000 tickets made available in a public lottery. With a capacity crowd expected on Saturday morning, fans are encouraged to consider the reminders below and arrive early.
Youth and adults planning to take part in the Drug Free Pledge should be aware that the annual pledge will take place prior to kickoff this year. Fans planning to be a part of the Drug Free Pledge are encouraged to be at their seats in the stadium no later than 20 minutes before kickoff.
Fans are also encouraged to remain in their seats at halftime of the Red-White game, as members of Nebraska’s 2017 national championship volleyball team will be presented their championship rings.
The following pieces of information should be of assistance for those planning to attend Saturday’s game.
- While the Drug Free Pledge will move to pre-game the rest of the pledge details will remain the same. Those taking the pledge will once again do so from their seats in the Stadium. This change began in 2016 and is a safety measure for our younger fans taking the Drug Free Pledge.
- Nebraska Athletic Development & Ticketing (Stadium Drive Parking Garage) will open on Saturday at 8 a.m. The game is sold out, but the office will be open for will-call ticket pick-up and to assist with any game-day ticket issues.
- Fans are reminded that everyone in attendance at the Red-White spring game must have a ticket, regardless of age (no lap tickets for children under the age of 2 will be available).
- Fans are encouraged to enter the gate printed on their ticket for easiest access to their seating location, but may use any gate that is open. Fans should be aware the following gates will not be available for entrance on Saturday—Gates 6, 8, 17, 19, 21 and 22. Gates 1, 18 and 23 will close shortly after kickoff.
- UNL Parking Services will cashier Lot 9 (14th and Avery Parking Garage) and other campus lots for public parking. The charge will be $5 per vehicle, and University donor and cashiered lots will open at 7 a.m.
- The 14th and Salt Creek Roadway Parking Garage (Lot 9) will serve as the primary cashiered parking option for ADA accessibility.
- Public parking will be available at Haymarket Park and the Pinnacle Bank Arena festival parking for $10.
- Regular-season Memorial Stadium policies will be in place for fans attending the Red-White Spring Game, including Nebraska’s Clear Bag Policy. Fans are also reminded that open umbrellas are not allowed inside Memorial Stadium. Fans attending the game may visit www.huskers.com/gameday for more information.
- The University of Nebraska is now a tobacco free campus. The policy is posted at www.unl.edu/tobacco-free-2018.
- STARTRAN will be providing shuttle service from South Pointe Pavilions (27th and Pine Lake) and North Star High School (5801 No. 33rd Street). Buses will park in close proximity to Memorial Stadium. Shuttles begin at 9 a.m., and cost is $5 per adult each way and $5 round trip for kids.
- The Husker Nation Pavilion (HNP) will be open from 8 a.m. to kickoff in the normal Pavilion location by the Hawks Championship Center. Inflatables, face painting and other family friendly options will be available in the Pavilion area. Athletic department officials will monitor the weather and any potential changes that might be necessary to the Pavilion schedule and activities.
- Within the Husker Nation Pavilion, the First National Bank Autograph Zone will feature current NFL Huskers including Lavonte David, Prince Amukamara and Will Compton from 9-10 a.m.
- The Nebraska volleyball team will be signing autographs at the Ed Weir Outdoor Track from 9:30-10:30 a.m. While this area is adjacent to the Husker Nation Pavilion, it is not located within the Pavilion. Fans should enter at the West end of the Ed Weir Track between the Hawks Championship Center and Memorial Stadium, and event staff members will direct those to the volleyball autograph line.
- Rosters for the game will be available at concessions stands throughout Memorial Stadium for $1.
- Husker Sports Network will provide live radio coverage of the Red-White game statewide and around the world through Huskers.com and on the TuneIn app. Husker Sports Network coverage begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison and Brenden Stai will call the game action for Husker Sports Network.
- The game can be seen live on BTN and BTN2Go, beginning at 11 a.m. Nebraska graduates Kevin Kugler, Ameer Abdullah and Damon Benning will be on the call for BTN.
- Nebraska will honor nearly 50 football student-athletes named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team during pregame ceremonies. The team honors outstanding community outreach efforts. The presentation of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team will happen approximately 20 minutes before kickoff.
- In addition to the Drug Free Pledge, fans are also encouraged to be in their seats for the national anthem at approximately 10:50 a.m. The anthem will include an American Flag in the shape of the continental United States. The anthem is being performed by an 80-person barbershop chorus.
- To help create a safe postgame experience and minimize the conflict of vehicle and foot traffic, if fans are returning to the Haymarket area postgame, they are asked to utilize the city’s preferred walking path on T Street (SW Stadium), crossing 10th and 9th street which is the most direct and safest path back into the Haymarket business district.
- Text Messaging Service – For fan assistance, text to 69050 and start your message with UNLPD. Standard text message rates will apply. Texts are received by Stadium Operations and a response will be initiated. If you See Something, Say Something by utilizing this service or contacting the nearest police officer or event staff member.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (16-17, 3-7 Big Ten) bounced back from its loss in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader against Iowa to win the second game, 10-4, at Hawks Field.
Junior right-hander Matt Waldron went 7.0 innings and recorded four strikeouts while allowing three runs on three hits. Paul Tillotson came in for 1.0 scoreless inning of relief before Mike Waldron finished the game with 1.0 inning.
Junior Angelo Altavilla blasted his first two home runs of the season during a 2-for-4 game with three RBIs. He was one of three Huskers to produce multi-hit performances in the second game of the doubleheader, along with Luke Roskam (2-for-3) and Gunner Hellstrom (2-for-2).
After allowing a solo home run in the top of the first, the Huskers responded with four runs in the bottom of the third. Hellstrom singled up the middle before back-to-back flyouts. Jesse Wilkening launched his fifth home run of the season to drive in Hellstrom. Roskam doubled before Altavilla smashed his first homer of the game.
Iowa responded with two runs in the top of the fourth to trim NU’s lead to 4-3. In the fifth inning, Altavilla hit a solo shot to extend the lead to 5-3. Nebraska added four runs in the seventh before one run in the eighth.
In the seventh, Wilkening drew a leadoff walk before scoring on Roskam’s double. Roskam advanced to third when Jaxon Hallmark singled to right field. Ben Klenke walked to load the bases. Alex Henwood’s groundout scored Roskam before Hellstrom’s double added two more runs.
The third game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPNU.
Grand Island, NE - The Islander baseball team would claim the 2018 Heartland Athletic Conference baseball championship on Friday afternoon in very cold & windy conditions at Ryder Park. Grand Island would bring the only runs in the game for the Islanders in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Senior pitcher Gage Rose and the Grand Island defense would take it from there, as Rose would pitch a complete game, only giving up four hits and one run. Southeast would bring a runner around to score in the bottom of the sixth inning but would strand a runner at third as Rose would get out of the jam with a ground ball to second to end the inning. With the score being 2-1, Grand Island would go three up and three down in the top of the 7th. Head Coach Joe Wells would then bring out Rose for the bottom of the 7th inning to try and finish with a complete game. Rose would force the Knights to go three up and three down. The first out a ground ball to second, fly out to left, and a strikeout to end the game. With the win, the Islanders are now (10-3) on the season and are on a six-game winning streak. Grand Island will be back in action on Monday traveling to Papillion to take on Papillion LaVista and Papillion LaVista South.
Final three outs from today's Heartland Athletic Conference ⚾ championship game.@GISHbaseball 2, Southeast 1. Islander pitcher@grose_7 with the complete game tossing a 4 hitter.#nebprepspic.twitter.com/gRsHyXeCb8— KRGI Sports (@KRGIsports) April 13, 2018
The Grand Island baseball team would pick up two victories on Thursday in the Heartland Athletic Conference tournament at Ryder Park in GI. The first game would see the Islanders defeating Lincoln High 4-3. The second game GI would defeat Lincoln Southwest 4-1 to advance on to the HAC championship on Friday morning at Ryder Park at 11:30 am vs Lincoln Southeast.
Grand Island - 4 runs - 7 hits - 0 error
Lincoln High - 3 runs - 8 hits - 0 error
Grand Island - 4 runs - 5 hits - 0 error
Lincoln Southwest - 1 run - 7 hits - 0 error