Hoosiers Pounded in 13-2 Loss to Nebraska
May 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball (22-24, 9-7 Big Ten) watched Nebraska rip off 12 unanswered runs in Saturday's series opener, flipping a 2-1 IU lead into a 13-2 final in favor of the Huskers (29-16, 9-7). It marks the first Big Ten series in which IU has dropped game one this season.
It was a homerun derby early on at Sembower Field, seeing three balls leave the yard in the first four innings. Nebraska's Chad Christensen started the trend with a solo shot in the top of the first.
Sam Travis one-upped Christensen with a two-run homer in the home half, sailing well over the heads of patrons gathered in the Crowe's Nest beyond the left field fence. Kyle Schwarber came around to score on the Travis long-ball, reaching on a single through the left side one at-bat earlier.
Indiana's lead didn't last long when the Huskers connected for a two-run homerun of their own in the fourth frame. A botched sac bunt by the IU defense later in the inning proved to be disastrous. Nebraska would go on to tack on five more runs, all unearned.
The Huskers, making their first visit to Bloomington since 1906, poured on four more tallies in the sixth and a 13th in the final inning to take a 1-0 advantage in the weekend series. Indiana and Nebraska, both at 9-7 in Big Ten play, fall into a five-way tie for second place in the Big Ten standings. That stay will only be momentary though as there are eight other conference games slated to be played by day's end.
Sunday's game two is scheduled for a 12:06 pm first pitch and will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network. In addition, IUHoosiers.com will be providing live stats for the Sunday showdown.
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