Nebraska surrendered five unanswered runs in the final four innings to fall 7-6 in 11 innings at Rutgers on Friday night at Bainton Field.

Nebraska (22-9, 5-2 Big Ten) scored six runs on 10 hits, while Rutgers (21-12, 2-5 Big Ten) totaled seven runs on 15 hits and an error.

Josh Caron stretched his hit streak to 13 games, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Cayden Brumbaugh was 2-for-3 with a double, while Gabe Swansen tallied two hits. Will Walsh had a three-run home run, and Dylan Carey added a double.

Brett Sears turned in his eighth consecutive quality start after allowing two runs on six hits across six innings of work. Jalen Worthley allowed one run on two hits in one inning, while Evan Borst tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

Kyle Perry surrendered three runs on a pair of hits while recording one out. Casey Daiss fired 1.2 scoreless innings, working around a pair of hits and a walk to the Scarlet Knights. Rans Sanders dropped to 0-1 on the season after allowing a run on two hits in 0.2 innings.

The Huskers and Scarlet Knights played through five scoreless frames in a showdown between two of the top starting pitchers in the Big Ten.

The NU offense broke through in the sixth, plating three runs on two hits to go ahead 3-0. Brumbaugh reached on a one-out double, while Joshua Overbeek drew a four-pitch to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved the pair ahead a base, before Cole Evans’ Big Ten-leading fifth sacrifice fly of the season scored Brumbaugh to break the scoreless tie.

Case Sanderson was plunked and moved to second on a passed ball, while Caron drilled a two-RBI single up the middle to give the Big Red a 3-0 lead.

Rutgers responded immediately with a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to climb within one. The Scarlet Knights had runners on second and third after a single and a double, while Ty Doucette’s two-RBI single to left made it a one-run game through six innings.

Nebraska threatened in the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs but couldn’t get the timely two-out hit to add on to the 3-2 lead.

The Huskers extended their lead to 6-2 in the top of the eighth behind Walsh’s three-run homer into the berm in left field. Caron reached on a two-out single, followed by a four-pitch walk to Swansen to put runners on first and second. Walsh cleared the bases and touched them all with his fifth homer of the season.

The Scarlet Knights had a leadoff single and a two-out walk, before Pete Durocher dropped an RBI single to right-center to bring Rutgers within 6-3 after eight innings.

Consecutive one-out singles and a full-count walk loaded the bases for Rutgers in the bottom of the ninth. Josh Kuroda-Grauer made it a one-run game with a two-RBI double to right-center.

Nebraska intentionally walked Durocher to load the bases with one out, while Tony Santa Maria’s RBI single to right locked the game at six in the bottom of the ninth. Daiss retired the next two Scarlet Knights via a flyout and groundout to send the game into extra innings tied at six.

Carey led off the 11th inning with a first-pitch double down the left-field line to put the go-ahead run at second for the Huskers with no outs. A failed sacrifice bunt attempt, followed by a popout and strikeout prevent the Big Red from plating the go-ahead run.

An infield single and a walk had two runners on with no outs for Rutgers in the bottom of the 11th. A three-pitch strikeout, followed by a groundout to third placed runners on second and third with two outs, setting up Johnny Volpe’s walk-off RBI single up the middle to give Rutgers a 7-6 win in the series opener on Friday night.

Nebraska and Rutgers continue the weekend series tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT at Bainton Field. Saturday’s matchup can be seen on B1G+, while fans can listen to Dave Gustafson and Ben McLaughlin call the action on the Huskers Radio Network.

HUSKERS DROP OPENER AT RUTGERS

Rutgers scored the game's final seven runs en route to a 9-3 victory over the Nebraska softball team Friday in Piscataway, N.J.

The Scarlet Knights, who lead the Big Ten in runs scored, put up multiple runs in four of their six turns at bat. Rutgers hit three home runs and had five extra-base hits while also stealing four bases.

It was Nebraska who hit a home run in each of the first two innings to lead 3-2 early. But the Huskers were shut out the rest of the way in a game of missed opportunities offensively.

Nebraska (23-16, 6-3 Big Ten) out-hit Rutgers 9-8 but stranded eight runners. The Huskers were 0-for-2 with the bases loaded, 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-12 with runners on base. Nebraska had its leadoff runner on base in five of its seven innings but only scored in two of those five frames.

Katelyn Caneda went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBIs, while Billie Andrews also homered. Peyton Cody was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and Samantha Bland was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.

Sarah Harness (4-3) took the loss for the Big Red, allowing six runs (five earned) in 5.0 innings. Emmerson Cope tossed 1.0 inning of relief and allowed three runs.

Mattie Boyd tossed a complete game for Rutgers, which improved to 26-16 on the year and 8-4 in conference play. Boyd (15-6) scattered nine hits and four walks to allow only three runs while striking out five.

Nebraska jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Billie Andrews led off the game with a home run. The Huskers had a chance for more with runners on second and third with two outs, but NU could not push another run across.

In the bottom of the first, a leadoff single and a two-run homer from Big Ten home run leader Morgan Smith gave Rutgers a 2-1 lead.

The Huskers answered back in the top of the second. Caitlynn Neal drew a leadoff walk and scored two batters later on a two-run homer from Caneda.

Nebraska nearly scored for a third straight inning in the top of the third. Sydney Gray singled with one out before Bland doubled. But on the double, Gray was thrown out at home attempting to score.

In the bottom of the third, Rutgers took advantage of the Husker defense to score twice and take a 4-3 lead. A dropped line drive allowed the tying run to score before an errant throw on a double steal scored the go-ahead run. The Scarlet Knights scored twice in the inning despite recording only one hit and one walk, as the error and four stolen bases fueled the inning.

In the top of the fifth, Brooke Andrews led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Cody. Gray and Bland then walked to load the bases with one out. But Nebraska was unable to score as a pop out and a fly out ended the inning.

After the Huskers left the bases loaded, Rutgers hit two home runs in the bottom of the frame to stretch its lead to 6-3.

The Scarlet Knights added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a double, an RBI single and a two-run triple.

In the top of the seventh, Cody led off with a single but was out trying to stretch the hit into a double. The next two Huskers were then retired to end the game.

Nebraska got its leadoff runner on base for the fourth time in the top of the sixth when Bella Bacon singled. 

Nebraska and Rutgers play game two of their three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Central).

Post-Game Notes

  • The Huskers allowed a season-high-tying three home runs in the loss.
  • Nebraska lost its third straight game at the Rutgers Softball Complex.
  • NU went 0-for-2 with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning. The Huskers are just 11-for-60 with the bases loaded this season.
  • Billie Andrews led off the game with a home run. The homer was her 15th of the season as she became the first Husker to have three seasons with 15 or more home runs.
  • The homer was the 58th of Andrews' career, as she moved into a tie for sixth place in Big Ten history.
  • Katelyn Caneda hit her first home run of the season in the second inning.
  • Caneda also doubled in the game, marking the first game of her career with multiple extra-base hits.
  • Kaylin Kinney did not pitch in the game, snapping her streak of appearing in the circle in 11 consecutive games.

HUSKERS TAKE DOWN HOOSIERS

Bloomington, Ind. -  The #62 Nebraska men’s tennis team claimed its 14th win of the season, a program best since 2016, with NU’s 5-2 victory over #69 Indiana on Friday afternoon. The Huskers (14-8, 3-3 Big Ten) dropped the doubles point, but took five singles victories to take down the Hoosiers (14-9, 2-4 Big Ten). Nebraska will face Purdue on Sunday, April 14, seeking one more regular season road win.

The Big Ten matchup began with doubles play at the IU Tennis Center. No. 3 doubles had a quick match, as Leo Linquet and Shunya Maruyama fell to Facundo Yunis and Luc Bouiler, 3-6. On Court Two, Calvin Mueller and Lars Johann faced Sam Landau and Carson Haskins, but dropped the match 2-6. Recently ranked Husker doubles duo No. 81 Anton Shepp and Nic Wiedenhorn took on Ilya Tirapolsky and Jagger Saylor on Court One. The No. 1 doubles match was left unfinished at 5-5, with the doubles point clinched for the Hoosiers.

Despite dropping the doubles point, the Big Red got off to a strong start for singles. Maruyama dominated on Court Three, defeating Michael Andre, 6-1, 6-2, to even the score. Johann was next to finish, taking down Saylor 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 4 slot. The Hoosiers tied it up with a victory from Yunis over Shepp on Court Two, 7-5, 6-2. Mueller rallied in a close second-set to defeat ranked No. 74 Sam Landau, 6-4, 7-6(2), on Court One. Hietaranta clinched the match for the Huskers on Court Six, taking down Deacon Thomas, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Linquet rallied from a dropped first-set to round it out for NU, defeating Tiraspolsky 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, and making the final score 5-2, Nebraska.

With the win, the Huskers improve to 14-8 (3-3 Big Ten), the most wins for the program since 2016, when the Big Red finished 14-13 (4-7 Big Ten). The victory was also the third-straight win for the Huskers over the Hoosiers. Mueller had another strong singles match, playing in the No. 1 singles slot to claim his third ranked win and 24th singles victory this season.

Up next, the Huskers face the Boilermakers on Sunday, April 14, in West Lafayette, Ind. First serve is set for 11 a.m. (CT), and the match will have live stats and live stream available.

Stay tuned to the Husker Men’s Tennis social media channels to keep up with match updates and content as available.

#62 Nebraska 5, #69 Indiana 2 

Doubles competition: 
1. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Jagger Saylor (IU) vs. #81 Nic Weidenhorn/Anton Shepp (NEB), 5-5, unfinished.
2. Sam Landau/Carson Haskins (IU) def. Calvin Mueller/Lars Johann (NEB), 6-2. 
3. Facundo Yunis/Luc Boulier (IU) def. Leo Linquet/Shunya Maruyama (NEB), 6-3. 

Singles competition:
1. Calvin Mueller (NEB) def. #74 Sam Landau (IU), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).  
2. Facundo Yunis (IU) def. Anton Shepp (NEB), 7-5, 6-2.  
3. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Michael Andre (IU), 6-1, 6-2. 
4. Lars Johann (NEB) def. Jagger Saylor (IU), 6-4, 6-3. 
5. Leo Linquet (NEB) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. 
6. Roni Hietaranta (NEB) def. Deacon Thomas (IU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. 

HUSKERS BLANK NITTANY LIONS, 4-0

Lincoln, Neb. - Behind winning the doubles point and three-straight singles matches, the Nebraska women’s tennis team (11-8, Big Ten 2-6) defeated Penn State (5-13 Big Ten 4-4) 4-0 on Friday afternoon. 

Action started with doubles play and the Huskers came out firing as No. 75 Raphae¨lle Lacasse and Maja Pietrowicz defeated Chekhlystova and Zuffova 6-2 on Court 1. Ana Zamburek and Anfisa Danilchenko defeated Karly Friedland and Olivia Donner 6-3 at the No. 2 spot to earn the doubles point. Lucy Loy and Isabel Adrover Gallego’s match on Court Three was left unfinished, and the teams started singles. 

In singles, Adrover Gallego took a quick 6-0, 6-1 victory over Zuffova on Court Three. With the 2-0 lead, Danilchenko secured another straight-set victory on Court Two, 6-1, 6-0. On Court Four, Pietrowicz clinched the fourth point and the win for NU, 6-4, 6-0. Lacasse, Zamburek and Roa’s matches were left unfinished.  

Up next, the Huskers will be back in action on Sunday, April 14 at 11 a.m. (CT) as they host No. 16 Ohio State for Senior Day.  

Tennis Match Results
Penn State vs Nebraska
Apr 12, 2024 at Lincoln, NE (Dillon Tennis Center)
Nebraska 4, Penn State 0

Singles competition
1. Raphaelle Lacasse (NEB) vs. Sofiya Chekhlystova (PSU) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished
2. Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) def. Olivia Dorner (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Isabel A. Gallego (NEB) def. Yvonne Zuffova (PSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Maja Pietrowicz (NEB) def. Jordina Cegarra (PSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Ana Zamburek (NEB) vs. Karly Friedland (PSU) 6-3, 2-6, unfinished
6. Jillian Roa (NEB) vs. Alina Lebedeva (PSU) 6-3, 3-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #75 Raphaelle Lacasse/Maja Pietrowicz (NEB) def. Sofiya Chekhlystova/Yvonne Zuffova (PSU) 6-2
2. Anfisa Danilchenko/Ana Zamburek (NEB) def. Karly Friedland/Olivia Dorner (PSU) 6-3
3. Isabel A. Gallego/Lucy Loy (NEB) vs. Jordina Cegarra/Alina Lebedeva (PSU) 2-5, unfinished

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,2,4)
T-1:53
A-105