Lincoln – Nebraska's offense continued to heat up despite cool andblustery conditions at Hawks Field en route to a season-high 17 hits in a 10-2victory over Northern Colorado on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskers, now 9-5 onthe year, have reached double-digit hits in six straight games.
The Big Red hit parade consisted of six Huskers who amassedmultiple hits in the contest, including Pat Kelly who crushed his first homerun of the year in a four-hit, four-RBI outing. Michael Pritchard pounded outthree hits, including a pair of doubles, while scoring three times, and bloopeda single in the fifth that extend his on-base streak to 56 games. Tanner Lubachalso earned three base hits, including a triple and a double, with a pair ofRBI.
Starting pitcher Aaron Bummer, now 2-2 on the season, worked hisway out of a jam in the top of the first inning after the first two Bearsreached base. The junior proceeded to strike out the next three batters hefaced and went on to punch out five on the day. Bummer finished the day going5.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.
SeniorZach Hirsch, who earned his first career save, pitched 3.0 scoreless inningsdown the stretch, allowing just two hits while striking out a season-high fiveBears.
The Huskers opened the scoring in the bottom of the third whenKelly laced a two-out RBI single just over the shortstop's reach. Darby camearound to score to give NU a 1-0 edge after three innings. Northern Coloradobounced back in the fourth and tied it up after a leadoff walk came around toscore on a hit by Nick Miller.
The Huskers got the run back in the bottom of the fourth on a pairof two-out hits. After Ben Miller reach on a single, Lubach went to theopposite field gap in right center for an RBI triple that put the Huskers backin front, 2-1.
TheHuskers went on to score in every inning the rest of the game, including two runsin the fifth, three runs in the sixth, one run in the seventh and two runs inthe eighth.
AfterNorthern Colorado left the bases loaded and only scored one run in the top ofthe sixth, the Huskers responded with three runs on five hits and took a 7-2 lead.With one down and runners on first and third, Jake Placzek executed a squeezethat scored Lubach, while Pritchard kept things going with an RBI double up themiddle and Kelly pounded a single to right field that brought home Pritchard.
The Huskers notched double-digit runs for the fourth time thisseason and the third time in the last four games when Kelly launched his firsthome run of the season into the right-field bullpen with Pritchard on base, whohad just roped his second double of the game.
Nebraskawill look to run its winning streak six straight tomorrow when the Huskers andBears meet at 1:35 p.m. at Hawks Field in the two-game series finale.
Courtesy of UNL Media Relations