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Fullerton Athletics
March 20, 2013
Eight-run sixth inning dooms NU
Fullerton, Calif. — Nebraska took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning on Wednesday night at Goodwin Field, where the No. 8 Cal State Fullerton Titans exploded for eight runs and then coasted to a 10-4 win to sweep the two-game series with the Huskers.

Over the first five innings, the Husker pitching staff limited the Titan offense to a pair of runs on three hits.

Chad Christensen hit his second home run of the season on the night, while Austin Darby added a triple and NU got doubles from both Kash Kalkowski and Wes Edrington.

Nebraska was able to take a 1-0 lead to start the game without producing a hit. Titan starter Bryan Conant walked Rich Sanguinetti to lead off the game and then hit Pat Kelly. After Michael Pritchard laid down a sacrifice bunt, Christensen bounced a groundball to the right side of the infield that scored Sanguinetti.

The Huskers (6-13, 0-0 Big Ten) will open Big Ten play on Friday against the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign at 4:05 p.m. The teams are also scheduled to meet Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:05 p.m.

The Huskers added to their lead in the second when Edrington came around to score after leading off the inning with a double, his first extra-base hit as a Husker. After Edrington laced the first pitch he saw into the left-field gap, Sanguinetti moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Kelly then produced a groundout to the right side of the infield that scored Edrington.

After Nebraska starter Jeff Chesnut sent the Titans down in order in the second, Fullerton tied the game, 2-2, in the third on a hit and two walks. The Titans had the go-ahead run in scoring position with two outs, but Chesnut was able to get a pop out off the bat of Jake Jefferies.

The 2-2 tie didn't last long, as Nebraska retook the lead in the forth with a run on two hits. After missing out on a home run by a few feet in the second, Darby blasted a one-out triple into the right-field gap. Kalkowski followed with a single up the middle to put the Huskers back ahead, 3-2. NU was in position to add more in the inning with the bases loaded and two outs following a pair of walks, but reliever David Birosak got Kelly to fly out to right field.

Christensen gave the Husker pitching staff an extra run in the fifth when he blasted Birosak's 2-0 pitch over the 385-foot sign in left-center field. The no-doubter off the bat pushed Nebraska's lead to 4-2.

Kalkowski led off the sixth with a double down the left-field line, but the Huskers could not take advantage and add to their 4-2 lead.

Fullerton took over the game with eight runs on six hits and three hit batters in the sixth to take a 10-4 lead. The Titans plated five runs on three straight one-out singles, before Jefferies came through with a two-out RBI double, Chad Wallach followed with a RBI triple and then scored on a wild pitch.

With a six-run lead, the Titan bullpen shut out the Huskers over the final three innings to preserve the win.

                                       R  H  E
Nebraska ................ 101 110 000 -  4  6  0
Cal State Fullerton ..... 002 008 00x - 10 10  0

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.

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