Late rally fails in series finale

The Nebraska baseball team brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but couldn’t convert as the Huskers lost 6-3 in the series finale to Sam Houston on Sunday afternoon at Huntsville, Texas.

The Huskers (1-3) had three runs on nine hits and two errors, while the Bearkats had six runs on 10 hits and one error.

Josh Caron went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk to lead Nebraska to home plate. Luke Jessen was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and a run scored, while Griffon Everitt counted a pair of bachelors. Also recording a hit for the Big Red were Max Anderson, Colby Gomes and cam chick.

Entrance Braxton–Bragg fell to 0-1 this season after allowing four runs on six hits in one inning. Emmet Olson made his second appearance of the weekend, dishing out a career-high 3.2 innings. Olson struck out three Bearkats and allowed two runs on four hits. Jaxon Jelkin pitched 0.2 innings in his Husker debut, followed by Tyler Martin recording the following two outputs. Also making his Husker debut, Jackson Brocket pitched an inning in relief, while Ethan Bradford came to pitch the last inning.

Anthony MacKenzie opened up the bottom of the first with a double down the right field line, while coming in to score on Justin Wishkoski’s RBI single down center right. A pair of back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly ball left by Easton Loyd brought Wishkoski home to double Bearkat’s lead in the first inning.

Sam Houston added the lead in second with four runs on four hits. Two straight singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out for the Bearkats. A wild pitch scored Walker Janek, a two-RBI single by Carlos Contreras netted two and an RBI double left by Trent Touchet made the lead 6-0.

Brice Matthews was hit by the pitch and Caron ripped a double to right field to put the runners up second and third with no outs in the seventh, but the Huskers couldn’t get their first run.

Nebraska halved Bearkat’s lead in the eighth, scoring three runs on five hits. Jessen and Anderson started the inning with back-to-back singles before Gomes raised an RBI single against the wall in right field, driving Jessen home. A sack fly by Matthews scored Anderson, while Caron tackled Gomes with an RBI single to the left. Chick hit a single down the middle in a pinch appearance to bring the tying run home, but the Huskers couldn’t add to the rally.

The Huskers return to the Lone Star State next weekend, as the Huskers tangle with the defending regular-season and Big 12 Tournament champion TCU in a three-game set at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The facility opened in 2020 and serves as the home of the Texas Rangers.