The Nebraska baseball team lost 8-5 in the season opener to Sam Houston on Friday night at Don Sanders Stadium in Huntsville, Texas.
The Huskers had nine hits and an error in the loss, while Sam Houston had nine hits and a pair of errors.
Colby Gomes and Max Anderson led the Big Red to home plate. Gomes went three-for-four with a double and two runs and Anderson had a three-for-five night with a single, double and triple. Luke Sartori tallied two hits and an RBI, while Brice Matthews and Jackson core had one RBI each.
Kyle Perry went 1.1 innings starting, allowing five runs on two hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Koty Frank had the longest outing of his Husker career, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings with a career-high six strikeouts. Emmet Olson fell to 0-1 on the year after pitching an inning and giving up three unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts. quinn mason and Tyler Martin combined to pitch the final inning in relief for the Big Red.
The Bearkats threatened in the first frame after Clayton Chadwick and Justin Wishkoski fired a total number of walks and Tyler Davis was hit downfield to charge the bases with two outs. Perry punched Christian Smith to escape the base-laden jam.
Nebraska pounced on Sam Houston in second, catching three runs on three hits and an error on the Bearkats. Matthews started the inning with a walk, followed by consecutive singles of Griffon Everitt and Gomes to load the bases with no outs. Matthews ran home on a passed fly ball to open the scoring before Jackson hit a throwing error by the charging shortstop to tackle Everitt and Gomes to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead in the first Jackson’s college game at bat.
The Bearkats responded with five points on their own in the bottom half of the second to take a 5-3 lead. Chadwick’s two RBI single on the right side with the bases loaded started the scoring for Sam Houston, followed by Wishkoski’s RBI single on the left side to tie the game at three. The Bearkats took the lead with two runs after Davis’ two RBI single to right field.
After consecutive scoreless innings, the Big Red looked to cut the deficit after Leighton Banjoff drew a walk and Anderson’s single down the left side put the runners first and third with two outs, but the Huskers couldn’t make up the deficit.
Nebraska halved Bearkat’s lead in the sixth after Sartori’s RBI single brought Gomes home. Gomes hit a brace with one out and Josh Caron was hit by the pitch before Sartori raised the RBI single to right field.
Anderson ripped a triple to center field and then ran home on an RBI pitch by Matthews to tie the game at five in the top of the seventh.
Sam Houston responded with a three-point rally late in the seventh to regain the lead at 8-5. Easton Loyd’s RBI single with the bases loaded gave the Bearkats a 6-5 advantage before Wishkoski hit a two-RBI double into shallow right field to make it three.
The Huskers and Bearkats continue the weekend streak with a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. The first game for the twin bill is a seven inning match, followed by a nine inning contest about 30 minutes after the first game.