Big Ten Scores and Standings (3/27)

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Michigan 17, Penn State 4
Michigan 8, Penn State 6
Iowa 5, Ohio State 1
Indiana 10, Michigan State 4
Nebraska 6, Minnesota 4 (7 inn)
Nebraska 17, Minnesota 5 (7 inn)

Northwestern 16, Illinois 14
Purdue 7, Rutgers 4
Iowa 6, Maryland 4

Standings
1. Indiana (11-2)
2. Michigan (11-4)
3. Nebraska (10-4)
4. Northwestern (8-5)
4. Ohio State (7-6)
4. Rutgers (7-6)
7. Illinois (7-7)
8. Iowa (6-8)
8. Michigan State (6-8)
10. Maryland (5-7)
11. Penn State (4-10)
12. Purdue (3-10)
13. Minnesota (3-11)

Games for Sunday, March 28
Iowa vs. Maryland (at Columbus, OH)
Minnesota at Nebraska (12:00 PM - BTN+)
Indiana at Michigan State
Rutgers at Purdue
Northwestern at Illinois
Maryland at Ohio State
 
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Huskers Walk Past Minnesota, 6-4
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Lincoln – A dropped pop up opened the door, and Nebraska walked right through it, scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 6-4 win over Minnesota in the first game of a twinbill at Hawks Field Saturday afternoon.

Nebraska, which has won four straight games to improve to 9-4 on the season, had just five hits on the day, but took advantage of four Golden Gopher walks, two errors and a hit batter in the frame to overcome a three-run deficit in the seven-inning contest.

Nebraska trailed 4-1 with two on and two outs when pinch hitter Leighton Banjoff lofted a 2-0 pitch into foul territory down the left field line, but the ball was misplayed by Minnesota left fielder Andrew Wilhite, giving NU a chance to extend the frame. Banjoff kept the inning alive by coaxing a walk from Minnesota starter Jack Liffrig to load the bases, ending the Gopher starter's afternoon after 5.2 innings.

The walks would continue against Minnesota reliever Ryan Duffy (0-2), as he walked Logan Foster on four pitches before Joe Acker's walk pushed across another run to make it 4-3. Jaxon Hallmark's grounder was booted by UM third baseman Jack Wassel, allowing Banjoff to scamper home with the tying run. Spencer Schwellenbach then put the Huskers up 5-4 with NU's third walk of the frame against Duffy before Nolan Burchill hit Cam Chick to push across the final run.

Schwellenbach closed the door with a scoreless seventh for his third save of the season, giving Cam Wynne (1-0) his first victory as a Husker.

Duffy, who walked three of the four batters he faced, fell to 0-2 on the season. The loss spoiled a strong effort from Liffrig, who had allowed one run on three hits in the first five frames before consecutive one-out singles from Max Anderson and Luke Roskam started the Husker uprising in the sixth.

Nebraska manufactured a run in the bottom of the first, as Chick plated Acker with a sacrifice fly to right. Acker coaxed a leadoff walk and eventually moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and an infield single before coming home on Chick's shallow fly out to right.

NU starter Chance Hroch cruised through the first three innings, allowing only one baserunner and fanning six of seven Gophers before Minnesota knotted the game in the fourth on a two-out RBI single from Gabe Knowles. Zack Raabe opened the fourth with Minnesota's first hit before two straight ground outs put the Gopher baserunner on third. Knowles then sent a 1-0 pitch into right for tie the game at one.

The Gophers took advantage of a rare Husker fielding miscue one inning later. Ronald Sweeny doubled off the wall in right center to open the frame, and Easton Bertrand laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Hroch's throw was wild of first, allowing Sweeny to score to put Minnesota ahead 2-1.

Hroch allowed two runs on three hits, while matching a season high with seven strikeouts over 4.2 frames in the no-decision.

Minnesota (3-10) had seemingly taken control of the game in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs off of reliever Tyler Martin. With one out, Wilhite walked and Boston Merila was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Sweeny, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI, greeted Wynne with an RBI double to right center before Bertrand's sacrifice fly gave Minnesota a three-run cushion.

The teams will conclude the doubleheader with the second game beginning at 3:10 p.m. That game will be carried on the Learfield IMG Husker Sports Network and available online at BTN+.
 

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Roskam Hits Two Home Runs, Huskers Sweep Doubleheader
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Lincoln – After needing a late-inning rally to win 6-4 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader the Nebraska baseball team scored early and often in game two on its way to a 17-5 victory to complete the doubleheader sweep. The Huskers have now won the series against the Gophers and will go for the four-game sweep tomorrow at Noon.

Chaska, Minn., native Luke Roskam hit two home runs in game two, including a grand slam in the bottom of the first. They were Roskam's 15th and 16th career home runs, while the senior ended the game with a career-high six RBIs.

Along with Roskam's two homers, Cam Chick and Leighton Banjoff also added home runs. NU pounded out 11 hits while the Gophers were limited two four.

Jake Bunz allowed just two hits over 4.0 shutout innings in his third start of the year. Bunz cruised through the first three innings before Minnesota started the fourth with a walk and a single, but the left hander bounced back with three straight strikeouts. Bunz matched career highs with 4.0 innings and five strikeouts.

Nebraska jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first on Roskam's grand slam. Joe Acker led off the inning with a single and Jaxon Hallmark followed with a walk. Minnesota starter Patrick Fredrickson responded with a fly out and ground out before he loaded the bases with a two-out walk to Max Anderson. Roskam stepped in and lifted the second pitch of his at bat over the fence in right-center field for his second home run of the season.

The Husker offense blew the game open in the third with eight runs, staring with Chick's two-run mammoth blast to right field. NU sent 11 batters to the plat in the inning and Chick notched his second extra-base hit of the frame when he delivered a RBI double.

The Gophers got on the board in the top of the fifth when they took advantage of a Husker error, but NU responded with four more runs in the bottom of the frame. After Anderson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Hallmark scored on a passed ball and then Roskam came to the plate again and hit a two-run homer to nearly the exact spot he hit his grand slam in the first inning.

Banjoff added a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, his first home run of the season, pushing Nebraska's lead to 17-1.

Minnesota hit their own grand slam in the top of the seventh, as Ronald Sweeny put a home run into the visitor's bullpen, taking advantage of two walks earlier in the inning. It was not enough though as the game ended after the top of the seventh due to run rule.

The Huskers and Gophers finish their four-game series tomorrow, with first pitch set for Noon.
 

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We are a walk-off loss away from being 11-3. Damn. Granted 6 of our 10 wins have been against the worst two teams in B1G. Tons to like. Wish they could have played their non-con schedule.
 

Reditus

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We got lucky with the drop pop against Min so I feel like that makes up for Purd. Even out over time.
 

scarletred

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Like to see Nebraska being ranked after the Illinois series next weekend providing we win the series...
 

sui111

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We are a walk-off loss away from being 11-3. Damn. Granted 6 of our 10 wins have been against the worst two teams in B1G. Tons to like. Wish they could have played their non-con schedule.
Doing what they’re supposed to against the weaker teams. That’s important in the big picture.
 

nubsbfan

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Bad teams find ways to lose. Good teams find ways to win. I think fans of men’s athletics at U. of N. In recent years understand that all too well.
What Bolt has done in less time than Hoiberg/Frost combined with less resources is impressive. Pair that with barely any administration support. Imagine if we had an AD that cared.