Huskers struggle at home

Huskers struggle at home
Huskers lose at
April 21st, 2024 |

Nebraska couldn’t overcome an early five-run deficit, as the Huskers fell 11-2 vs. Maryland on Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.

Nebraska (24-12, 7-4 B1G) scored two runs on seven hits, while Maryland (25-15, 6-8 B1G) totaled 11 runs, 12 hits and an error.

Ben Columbus led the Huskers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Dylan Carey turned in a pair of hits, while Garrett Anglim had a double. Cayden Brumbaugh and Josh Caron recorded one hit apiece.

Mason McConnaughey fell to 4-3 on the season after surrendering five runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Caleb Clark pitched the next 3.1 innings and allowed four runs on three hits.

Bobby Olsen and Ty Horn tossed one inning each, followed by 1.1 shutout innings from Grant Cleavinger. Tyler Frahm recorded the final two outs for the NU pitching staff.

Maryland led off the game with a first-pitch solo homer to left off the bat of Eddie Hacopian. The Terrapins had the bases loaded with one out after a single, plunked batter and a full-count walk. The lead expanded to three with Jacob Orr’s two-RBI single to center.

The Terrapins tacked on two more runs in the second to grow the lead to 5-0. Consecutive singles and a sacrifice bunt had runners on second and third with one out, while a wild pitch and sacrifice fly to center made it a five-run game.

A walk and a double had runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth, while an RBI groundout to the shortstop plated Maryland’s sixth run of the day.

Columbus homered for the fourth time in the last six games with a solo shot to right to make it a 6-1 game through four innings.

Maryland blew the game open in the top of the sixth behind a two-run homer and a three-run home run to enlarge the lead to 10.

The Huskers had runners on second and third after a single from Caron and a double by Anglim with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Columbus lifted a 2-0 pitch to left for a sacrifice fly, plating Caron to score Nebraska’s second run of the afternoon.

Nebraska had the bases loaded with two outs after two walks and an error in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t scratch across any more runs to cut into the deficit.

The two teams exchanged scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth innings to clinch the road win for the Terrapins.

Nebraska and Maryland conclude the weekend series today at 12:05 p.m.


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