2013 Schedule, All Times TBA
Sat, Aug 31 Wyoming at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Sep 07 Southern Miss at Hattiesburg, Miss.
Sat, Sep 14 UCLA at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Sep 21 South Dakota State Memorial Stadium
Sat, Oct 05 Illinois Memorial Stadium
Sat, Oct 12 Purdue at West Lafayette, Ind.
Sat, Oct 26 Minnesota at Minneapolis, Minn.
Sat, Nov 02 Northwestern at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Nov 09 Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sat, Nov 16 Michigan State at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Nov 23 Penn State at State College, Pa.
Sat, Nov 30 Iowa at Memorial Stadium
2014 Nebraska Schedule, All Times TBA
Aug. 30 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 6 McNeese State
Sept. 13 at Fresno State
Sept. 20 Miami, Fla.
Sept. 27 Illinois
Oct. 4 at Michigan State
Oct. 11 BYE
Oct. 18 at Northwestern
Oct. 25 Rutgers
Nov. 1 Purdue
Nov. 8 BYE
Nov. 15 at Wisconsin
Nov. 22 Minnesota
Nov. 28 (Fri.) at Iowa
Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship
Nebraska (26-15, 8-7 Big Ten) at Creighton (15-18, 2-10 MVC)
Tues., April 24 – Ryan Hander, Jr., RHP (1-0) vs. Nick Musec, Jr., RHP (3-2)
This Week:Following a 2-1 series loss to the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers, the Nebraska baseball team (26-15, 8-7 Big Ten) heads to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Tuesday night for a 6:30 p.m. game with the Creighton Bluejays (15-18, 2-10 MVC). The game will be broadcast on NET and is the second game of the three-game season series between the two programs, with the Huskers winning the first meeting on April 10 in Lincoln at Hawks Field, 5-3.
The two teams split a pair of meetings at TD Ameritrade Park last year, with Nebraska winning the first game on April 19, 2-1, while Creighton won 9-8 on May 10. This season, the Huskers are 6-3 in nine road games, while Creighton is just one game over .500 at home with an 8-7 record.
Junior righty Ryan Hander is schedule to make not only his first start of the season, but also his first career start on Tuesday. Hander should be plenty rested, as he hasn’t seen the mound since he threw against Kansas State on April 3. On the year, Hander is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings of work over 10 appearances. He has given up two earned runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out nine.
Tickets: Tickets to Tuesday’s game can be purchased by calling 402-280-JAYS (5837) through Ticketmaster online or by visiting the box office.
Television:Tuesday’s game will be shown across the state of Nebraska on NET.
On the Radio:Fans across Nebraska and around the world can listen Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle call all of the action on the Husker Sports Network - including 1110 KFAB
Transfer Richard Stock has been a welcome addition to the Husker offense in 2012. The junior from Westlake Village, Calif., is second on the team with a .383 average and leads the team with 14 doubles.
Stock has been even better during conference play, as he leads the Big Ten in batting average (.459 (28-for-61)), hits (28) and doubles (7) .
This past weekend against league-leader Purdue, Stock hit .667, including a 4-for-4 performance on Saturday and a 3-for-4 performance on Sunday. Stock hit one home and one double in the Huskers’ win over the No. 16 Boilermakers on Saturday, before roping two doubles on Sunday. In 12 at bats over the weekend Stock had no strikeouts, while slugging 1.167 and had an on-base percentage of .667
Stock has produced three hits in a game eight times this year, including three times in his past four games. The junior also has eight multi-RBI games on the season
A 45th-round pick out of high school by the Brewers, Stock has found new life at Nebraska after playing his freshman season at USC and last season at Pierce College in Los Angeles.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
Sophomore Michael Pritchard enters Tuesday’s game with an 18-game hitting streak, which is the longest streak by a Husker since Mitch Abeita had a 17-game hitting streak in 2008. His current streak ties him with Joe Simokaitis (2005) and Jed Morris (2002)
With a hit against the Jays, Pritchard will tie Justin Cowan (2000), Associate Head Coach Will Bolt (2002) and Luke Gorsett (2006) for the third longest hitting streak since 1998.
Since 1999, current Nebraska Baseball Director of Operations Curtis Ledbetter holds the longest hitting streak at 23 games in 2003.
Francis Collins holds the NU school record with a 38-game hitting streak in 1996.
Setting the Pace
Sophomore Michael Pritchard has been one of the Huskers’ most lethal weapons this season with a team high .384 batting average, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten Conference.
Pritchard also leads the Huskers with a .444 on-base percentage, two points higher than Kale Kiser’s .442 on-base percentage.
Cory Cuts Them Down
Catcher Cory Burleson has been one of the most important cogs of the Husker defense this season with 17 runners caught stealing, which tops his season total of 14 from 2011.
The senior backstop has slowed down the opposition’s running game, as team’s have stolen just 11 bases in 28 attempts (.393) this season, with two of the eight steals coming from Illinois on a double steal.
During Big Ten play, Burleson has thrown out seven runners in 12 attempts.
Through April 22, Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber and Northwestern’s Geoff Rowan are the only catchers in the Big Ten with more runners thrown out than Burleson with 21 each, but Schwarber has the second most steals allowed in the league with 33 and Rowan is tied for third with 26. Every other catch in the Big Ten has allowed 15 or more steals on the year, including seven who have allowed 20 or more and two with 30 or more.
Burleson has worked hard in the offseason to improve his game after allowing 26 steals in 40 attempts a year ago.
Hard to Hi
Junior clotser Travis Huber has been tough on opposing hitters during Big Ten play with a 0.00 ERA in 4.2 innings of work over four appearances.
Huber has given up just four hits and one walk, while striking out six and holding opposing batters to a .211 average.
Get on Top
Scoring the game’s first runs has been important for the Huskers during Big Ten play.
In the first 15 games of the Big Ten schedule, the Huskers are 5-1 when taking the first lead of a game. When the opposition scores first, the Huskers are 3-6The only time during conference play that the Huskers have scored first and lost was in the series opener against Iowa on April 6. NU took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning and lost the game, 4-3.
Tough With Two
The Huskers have come up with clutch hits all season with two outs, as 98 of the team’s 279 RBI’s have come with two outs. Leading the way is Chad Christensen, who has driven in 19 of his team-leading 38 RBI’s with two outs. Last season Christensen played in all 55 games and totaled just four two-out RBI’s.
Juniors Richard Stock, Josh Scheffert and Kash Kalkowski also each have double-digit two-out RBI’s. Stock has 15 and Scheffert has 14, while Kalkowski has 13.
In 55 games a year ago the Huskers’ totalled 91 two-out RBI’s. All-American Cody Asche led the team with 16 two-out RBI’s, while only three players had 10 or more on the year, including Asche, Kalkowski (14) and Bryan Peters (12).
Chicks Dig It
After hitting 30 home runs in 55 games last season, led by Cody Asche’s 12 home runs, the Huskers have already surpassed last year’s total with 34 home runs in 41 games this season.
In the Big Ten, Indiana, Penn State and Michigan are the only other teams with more than 20 homers with 28, 25 and 23, respectively.
Josh Scheffert leads the team with seven home runs and Chad Christensen is close behind with six.
Kale Kiser has hit a career-high five, while Pat Kelly and Kash Kalkowski each have four.
Packing the Park
Through April 22 the Huskers rank 12th in the country in average home attendance with 3,542 fans per game and 13th in overall attendance with 85,023 fans through the gates at Hawks Field.
No other Big Ten team ranks in the top 45 of either category.
This past weekend against Purdue, the Huskers had their two largest crowds of the season with 6,257 fans on Saturday and 6,014 fans on Sunday. For the weekend, 16,979 fans piled into Hawks Field.
Home Sweet Hawks
The Nebraska baseball program is celebrating its 11th year at Hawks Field in 2012. The Huskers are 245-86-1 (.739) since opening the park on March 5, 2002 with a 23-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney.
Nebraska plays a total of 31 games at Hawks Field in 2012, and is 16-8 at Hawks Field this season. The Huskers’ next home game in on Friday, April 27, against CSU Bakersfield.