As they say, Jake Schleppenbach had himself a day Tuesday night. [ MORE: Watch more #BTNStandout plays ] The Nebraska second baseman hit a two-run double in a 10-4 win over Kansas State, which is nice, but it was his highlight play in the field that turned the most heads. It all happened with two outs in the fourth inning, and with a runner on first, when Schleppenbach ranged to his right and dove to stop a would-be hit that looked ticketed for right-center after taking a high hop. Schleppenbach stretched out to corral the ball, quickly got to his
In a game that was scoreless heading into the 15th inning, Nebraska’s Austin Darby stepped to the plate and delivered. The senior lined a one-out RBI single to left field to give the Huskers a memorable 1-0 victory over Texas on Saturday. Darby got behind 0-2 in the count, but then lined a shot into left field where Texas’ Ben Johnson bobbled the ball, which allowed Tanner Lubach to score from second base and give the Huskers the win. With the victory, Nebraska improves to 20-7 on the year. Watch the incredible finish to the game in the video above.
Austin Darby has made a living out of making highlight-reel grabs during his Nebraska career. Need proof? All it takes is a simple “Austin Darby catch” Google search. Or, there’s the pair of catches the senior outfielder has made vs. No. 12 Texas this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Darby left his feet to rob Texas of a run-scoring extra base hit in the second inning. Watch the highlight above. And, in Friday’s 3-1 win, there is the catch, too. Darby also made some noise with his bat, providing the game-winning hit in extra innings Saturday.
Former Nebraska two-sport star and current Huskers baseball coach Darin Erstad received one vote for the MLB Hall of Fame on Tuesday. His reaction to it was classic.
Don’t tell the Nebraska baseball team that Halloween is still a week-plus away. Decked out in Halloween costumes, the Cornhuskers closed out their annual Red-White Series on Tuesday. Like it matters, the Red Team won the game, 5-4, on a walk-off bases-loaded single to claim the series victory. To more important and interesting matters, what costumes did the players wear? That’s a great question. Let’s consult head coach Darin Erstad’s lineup card for the answers. Or, should I say Coach Chewbacca? No need to check your eyes, either, because, yes, “Bo Pelini” hit third for the Red Team. “White Power
Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach
Former Nebraska baseball star Alex Gordon smacked a home run Saturday on Nebraska Night at Kaufman Stadium, and to celebrate he led the red-clad Royals fans in a “Go Big Red” chant during his postgame on-field interview. Get our latest Gone Viral moments: The Huskers fans, of course, responded with a loud “Go Big Red!” “I’m sure all the Kansas and Missouri fans loved that,” Gordon said. Gordon, a Nebraska football fan, ended his interview with this: “Well, I usually can’t wait for football season, to go tailgating with the Husker fans, but this is pretty cool, too,” he said
Nebraska’s 2014 baseball season came to a close on Sunday with a 4-3 loss to Cal State Fullerton in a NCAA Regional game. The Huskers finished this season with a final record of 41-21. With the loss, Indiana is the only Big Ten team remaining in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers are currently taking on Stanford with a chance to advance to the Super Regionals. Catch up on today’s NCAA Baseball Tournament action here: [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Cal State Fullerton 4, Nebraska 3 | RECAP | BOX Playing in a NCAA Regional for the
Day 2 of NCAA regional baseball action Saturday saw Indiana down Stanford, 4-2, and Nebraska rally in the ninth inning to beat Binghamton, 8-6, in an elimination game. The Hoosiers will play the winner of the Stanford-Youngstown State game at 6:05 p.m. ET Sunday. Win, and Indiana is off to the Super Regionals. The Huskers will play at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in an elimination game. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] INDIANA 4, STANFORD 2 | RECAP | BOX Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis went 3-for-5, including a home run, and Big Ten
NCAA regional baseball action got underway Friday. Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Indiana downed Youngstown State, 10-2, while Nebraska lost a 5-1 decision to Cal State Fullerton. Up next: Indiana takes on Stanford at 6:05 p.m. ET Saturday in the Bloomington Regional winner’s bracket, and Nebraska plays Binghamton in the Stillwater loser’s bracket. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] INDIANA 10, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 2 | RECAP | BOX Indiana (43-13) won its opening game of the NCAA Bloomington Regional with a 10-2 triumph over Youngstown State