Anderson carries Huskers with two home runs on senior day

Max Anderson hit two of Nebraska’s four homers on Saturday as the Huskers wrapped up the 2022 season with a 10-9 win over Michigan State on senior day at Hawks Field.

Nebraska (23-30, 10-14 Big Ten) had 10 runs on 15 hits and an error, while the Spartans (24-30, 8-16 Big Ten) had nine runs on 12 hits.

Mason Ornelas pitched four innings to start, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out a pair of Spartans. Braxton–Bragg went 2-6 on the year after giving up an unearned run on three hits in 3.2 innings of work. Corbin Hawkins and Chandler Benson recorded one each, while Hood CJ posted the final two outs to earn his first collegiate stoppage.

Anderson led Nebraska at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Griffon Everitt went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer, while Colby Gomes, Efry Cervantes and Luke Jessen also re-enacted two-hit games for the Big Red. Leighton Banjoff was 1 for 4 with a solo circuit.

The Spartans opened the game with a walk and a brace, followed by back-to-back RBI failures to take a 2-0 lead in the first frame.

Nebraska responded late in the first, scoring three runs on a few hits to take a 3-2 lead. cam chick and Garrett Anglim drew back-to-back walks, setting up Anderson’s three-point shot on the right for his ninth homer of the season.

Michigan State appeared to take a 5-3 lead in the third with a three-run homer, but Anglim scaled the wall on the right to rob Casey Mayes of a three-run homer to hold the 3-run lead. 2 for Hullers.

Brock Vradenburg opened the fourth with a solo homer to the right to tie the game at three.

Jessen’s single and a walk to Chick put two runners on base for Nebraska late in the fourth, while Everitt hit a three-run homer left to give the Huskers a 6-3 lead.

Brice Matthews and Jessen hit two straight singles in the fifth, before Cervantes hit Matthews at home to extend the lead to four. Jessen scored later after Chick hit a sacrificial fly down center, making it 8-3 after five innings.

Bragg shut out the Spartans in the sixth and seventh innings, while Banjoff hit a solo home run late in the seventh to extend the lead to 9-3.

Michigan State scored a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly. The Huskers recovered the run immediately in the bottom of the eighth with Anderson’s solo home run to left center.

An RBI single and a grand slam brought the Spartans up with a no-out run in the top of the ninth. After the grand slam, Michigan State had two straight singles to put the tying run in second and the go-ahead in first. Benson got the strikeout for the first out of the inning, before Hood took the mound and retired the two batters he faced to clinch the series for the Huskers on Saturday.

Nebraska ends the 2022 season with a 23-30 overall record and a 10-14 record in Big Ten play.