NU BSB: White Squad Takes Series Opener

Mike Matya

Nebraska Legend
May 29, 2001
Bellevue, Nebraska [formerly Omaha]
White Squad Takes Series Opener

Lincoln - The Red squad jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the Whites scored 12 runs over the final three innings on their way to a 13-8 victory in the opening game of NU's Red-White Series.

Ben Miller and Ryan Boldt each homered for the White team, while Jake Schleppenbach was 2-for-3 with a single and double for the Reds.

Schleppenbach doubled to leadoff the bottom of the first and then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Steven Reveles. Freshman Jake Meyers added a RBI single later in the inning, while two other runs were aided by a pair errors by the Whites.

After giving up four runs in the first, the White pitching staff settled in and retired the Red lineup in order in each of the next five innings before Schleppenbach notched a one-out RBI single in the seventh.

Trailing 4-1 and headed to the bottom of the fourth, White reliever Jeff Chesnut struck out the top of the Red lineup in order. The White offense then woke up and scored six runs on four hits to take a 7-4 lead. After Boldt loaded the bases with a single, Tanner Lubach came through with a two-RBI single, while Boldt also scored on an a throwing error. Austin Christensen plated Lubach with a RBI single and later scored when Wes Edrington delivered a two-RBI triple. With one out, the Reds got out of the frame when Nathan Chunn tagged out Edrington at the plate on a squeeze attempt and also threw out Corey Stringer at first on the play.

Sophomore Ben Miller shutdown the Red lineup in order in the bottom of the fifth and then crushed a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to push the White lead to 9-4. Boldt extended to the lead, 13-4, in the top of the seventh when he blasted a grand slam into the right-field bullpen.

With the bases loaded to start the bottom of the seventh, the Reds closed the gap with four runs, but White was able to hold on for a 13-8 win.

Game two of the series is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Monday night and the series concludes on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m.