OMAHA, Neb. - The Nebraska baseball team (30-21) fell into an early 9-0 hole against Michigan, ultimately falling by an 18-8 margin to the Wolverines at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday morning. The two teams will meet later today for a spot in Sunday’s championship game.
Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Reece Eddins (1.0 inning), Ethan Frazier (4.1), Max Schreiber (0.0), Paul Tillotson (0.1) and Tyler Martin (3.1).
Michigan raced out to an early lead, scoring seven runs in the top of the opening frame. The Wolverines managed eight hits during the inning, while NU committed one error. In the bottom of the first, Jaxon Hallmark drew a leadoff walk, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice. A flyout then strikeout-wild pitch-throw-out at third base ended the frame.
Michigan added a run in the top of the second to extend its lead to 8-0. Angelo Altavilla was hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the second, but he was left stranded after three consecutive outs.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 9-0 with one run in the top of the third. Michigan tallied two hits, while NU committed two errors during the frame. Hallmark singled in the bottom of the third, but NU left him on base in a scoreless frame.
Michigan went down in order in the top of the fourth. Nebraska plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 9-2. Altavilla singled in the leadoff spot before Alex Henwood was hit-by-pitch. Gunner Hellstrom also singled to load the bases. Back-to-back groundouts brought in both runs for the Big Red.
The Wolverines managed one baserunner in the top of the fifth via walk, but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Palensky and Spencer Schwellenbach crushed back-to-back home runs to left field. Altavilla doubled and then advanced to third on a groundout before being left stranded after a strikeout.
Michigan responded with six runs in the top of the sixth to build a 15-4 advantage. The Wolverines notched four hits, including a home run, while Nebraska committed an error. The Huskers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Wolverine lead to 15-7. Ty Roseberry and Hallmark drew back-to-back walks before Chick’s RBI double. Keegan Watson walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Altavilla hit a two-run single before a strikeout ended the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Michigan scored one run to make the score 16-7. The Huskers went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wolverines went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Chick managed a base hit in the bottom of the eighth, but each of the other three Husker batters during the inning struck out.
Michigan added two runs in the top of the ninth to take an 18-7 lead. Nebraska scored one run in the bottom of the ninth. Altavilla was hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a groundout. He made it to third on an additional groundout before Chick’s RBI single brought him in.
The Huskers and Wolverines will meet later today for a spot in Sunday’s championship game. NU and Michigan are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. (CT) or approximately 60 minutes after the Minnesota-Ohio State game ends. The game between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers starts at 2:18 p.m.