NU Ratings: Huskers Face Omaha Wednesday – Panhandle

NEBRASKA to OMAHA
April 6, 2022
Land Tal Anderson | Omaha, Neb.

Wednesday April 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Launch: HPR Drew Christo (0-0) v RHP Jackson Gordon (0-2)
Television/Broadcast: www.OMavs.com
Radio: Huskers Radio Network – Lincoln (1400 AM), Omaha (590 AM), Huskers.com, Huskers App

Nebraska makes the short trip down I-80 to Omaha as the Huskers take on the Mavericks on Wednesday, April 6 at Tal Anderson Field.

The first pitch between the Huskers and Mavericks is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

A live stream of Wednesday’s game is available on OMavs.com. Fans can also listen Greg Sharp and Ben McLaughlin call all the action on the Huskers Radio Network. Wednesday night’s game will air on KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln and KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha. Every game from this season can be streamed for free on Huskers.com and the official Nebraska Huskers app for iOS and Android devices.

Last outing
Nebraska swept a road series against Big Ten foe Ohio State last weekend. The Huskers scored a run in the first and second innings of Game 1 of the series and never gave up the lead as Nebraska held on for a 5-3 victory Friday night. The Big Red won the series with a 10-5 victory on Saturday, led by at Griffin Everitt two-point circuit, while Nick Wimers was 2 for 3 with a brace and a point in his first start at Nebraska and Max Anderson had a grand slam. The Huskers scored a season-high total in a 17-5 loss at Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. cam chick was a perfect 2-on-2 at home plate with five walks and four runs, the team record. Chick’s five walks equal a school record, joining Jim Bailey (v Chicago State, March 16, 1999) and Tom Novak (v Denver College, April 18, 1949) in the record books. Luke Sartori went 2 for 4 with a grand slam, four RBIs and three runs on the day. Sartori’s grand slam in the top of the ninth gave Nebraska a grand slam in back-to-back games for the first time since Kash Kalkowksi and Kale Kiser against Washington and Missouri State on Feb. 19-20, 2011.

4/1: Nebraska 5, Ohio State 3
4/2: Nebraska 10, Ohio State 5
4/3: Nebraska 17, Ohio State 5

following
Nebraska returns to conference action this weekend, hosting Rutgers for a three-game series at Hawks Field Friday-Sunday April 8-10. Friday and Sunday’s matches will air on B1G+, while Saturday’s match is scheduled for a first pitch at 3:17 p.m. on BTN.

Offensive Blast
• With 32 points scored in last weekend’s series at Ohio State, Nebraska tied its highest point total in a three-game road conference series since joining the Big Ten. The Huskers also scored 32 points in a road series at Purdue in 2013.
• Nebraska posted double-digit points for the fifth and sixth time this season after winning 10-5 on Saturday and 17-5 on Sunday.
• The Huskers posted a season-high 17 runs on a season-high 16 hits in Sunday’s win.
• Eight Huskers had at least one hit in the 17-5 victory, with four players having a two-hit game and two players recording three hits apiece.
• The 12-point win is the biggest margin of victory for the Big Red since last season’s 17-5 seven-inning win over Minnesota on March 27 at Hawks Field.

Brice on Base
Brice Matthews extended his on-base streak to 20 games after going .357 with five hits, a double, four RBIs, three runs and two walks in last weekend’s series at Ohio State.
• In the 20-game streak, Matthews is averaging .308 with six doubles, two homers, 12 RBIs and 17 runs.
• With Matthews extending his on-base streak to 20 games, Nebraska has had a player with an on-base streak of 20 games or more in every season since at least 2000 (excluding the 2020 season shortened due to COVID-19).

Take this way
cam chick walked a career-high five in Sunday’s 17-5 win at Ohio State while going a perfect 2-for-2 at home plate with a team-high four runs.
• Chick’s five walks are tied for a school record in a single game, joining Jim Bailey (v Chicago State, March 16, 1999) and Tom Novak (v Denver College, April 18, 1949).
• Five other Division I players have walked five times this season, including Trey Lipsey (Ohio State), Daniel Cantu (South Florida), Tristan McAlister (Mount St. Mary’s), Kyle Teel (Virginia) and Garret Forrester (Oregon State).
• Since moving up to second in the roster at the start of the Michigan series, Chick is averaging .333 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and 11 runs. During that seven-game streak, Chick walked 11 and posted a .568 on-base percentage.

First-year students making an impact
• 12 freshmen made their college debuts this season for the Huskers.
• The six first-year pitchers have amassed 33 appearances on the mound, including two starts, while the other six rookies have totaled 93 games played, including 67 starts.
• Freshmen are responsible for 34.1 of 223 innings pitched by the Husker pitching staff this season and 34 of 218 strikeouts this season.
• At plate, freshmen have recorded 59 hits, 36 RBIs and 33 RBIs in the first 26 games, representing 25.7% of Nebraska’s offensive production in runs, hits and RBIs this season.

Omaha Mavericks scouting
• Omaha is 11-14 (4-2 in the Summit League) this season after winning two of three road games last weekend against Summit League opponent Oral Roberts.
• Mike Boeve leads the Mavericks at the plate, averaging .379 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs and 26 runs. Devin Hurdle has hit on a 21-point team this season, while Drew Reetz is tied with Boeve in hitting four home runs this year.
• Jackson Gordon is 0-2 this season with a 6.75 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .263 against Gordon this year and have 12 points, 11 earned.
• As a team, Omaha is hitting .233 with 194 hits, 41 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 124 runs in 25 games.
• The Maverick pitching team has a 4.27 team ERA, while allowing 127 runs, 104 earned and 204 strikeouts in 219 innings.
• Head Coach Evan Porter is in his sixth season at the helm of the Maverick program and has a record of 101-142-1.

The series
• Nebraska leads the all-time series against Omaha, 61-11.
• Since Omaha’s transition to DI, the Huskers have won 10 of 12 meetings with the Mavericks.
• The two sides shared a two-game home-and-away series last month, with both teams recording first-round victories. Omaha won 4-3 on March 13 at Tal Anderson Field, while the Big Red took a 6-5 win at Hawks Field on March 14.