Huskers end road trip
with 12-6 loss at KSU
The Wildcats outhit the Huskers, 16-13, and were led by Ross Kivett, who hit for the cycle. Freshman Ryan Boldt carried the Huskers (14-10, 1-2 Big Ten) with a perfect 4-for-4 on the night, including his third triple of the season, while Blake Headley was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. KSU (15-9) took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Huskers that resulted in four unearned runs.
After playing five straight games on the road, the Huskers return to Hawks Field on Friday to host a three-game set against the UNLV Rebels.
The series opens Friday at 6:35 p.m., continues Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and wraps up Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with the finale broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska took advantage of a KSU error in the first to take a 1-0 lead. With Jake Placzek on second, who reached on a fielding error, Boldt came through with a two-out RBI single. The Wildcats dodged a bullet on the play, though, while an error by left fielder Clayton Dalrymple allowed Boldt to move to second and Michael Pritchard to third, but Pritchard was tagged out after he overran third base.
The Wildcats wasted no time tying the score, as Kivett led off the bottom of the frame by launching a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his his second home run of the season. KSU added an RBI single to take a 2-1 lead, but freshman Ben Miller, who was making his first career start, got Mitch Meyer to line into a double play to end the inning.
Kansas State blew the game wide open in the second with six runs on six hits and a Husker error to take a 8-1 lead. Miller gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame, then got an out on a sacrifice bunt, but exited two batters later when he gave up consecutive triples to Kivett and Shane Conlon. Jeff Chesnut took the mound and nearly got out of the inning without any other damage, but a two-out error by Pat Kelly allowed two more runs to score.
Boldt came very close to picking up his first home run as a Husker in the third but had to settle for a triple when the ball hit the centerfield wall above the 400-foot sign. Headley stepped up and delivered an RBI single that plated Boldt, but the Huskers could not do anything else the rest of the inning, still trailing 9-2.
The Wildcats tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth and a run in the seventh to take a 12-2 lead before the Huskers snapped a four-inning scoreless streak with four runs in the ninth. Quinn McGill picked up his first career hit as Husker with an RBI triple and scored on a two-out RBI single by Ty Kildow.
R H E ------------------------------------------- Nebraska ........... 100 100 004 - 6 13 4 Kansas State ....... 261 020 10x - 12 16 2 -------------------------------------------