Huskers Split with Raiders, 6-5 and 2-1
Baseball concludes series in tomorrow's rubber match.
April 22, 1998
Lincoln-Donny Starkins provided the game-winning hit as the Nebraska baseball team (20-15 overall and 6-8 in the Big 12 Conference) battled back after a tough first game loss to win game two 2-1 over the No. 21 Texas Tech Red Raiders at Buck Beltzer Stadium.
Starkins' no-out bases-loaded single off Texas Tech starter Jeff Allison was his third game winning hit in eight games for the Huskers who have won six of their last seven contests.
"That made it easy for me, loading the bases with no outs," said Starkins, who owns a 13 game hitting streak. "He didn't throw a fastball all day, so I was looking for a slider and I drove it."
Tevis Arnold (1-1) earned the win pitching the ninth inning. Three Husker pitchers combined on a two-hitter against the Big 12's best hitting team in game two. Pete Lythgoe started and gave up on an infield hit in 7.2 innings of work.
In the first game, the Huskers fought back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fourth. Tech tied the game in the seventh setting up a wild ninth inning. How wild? The game was delayed 15 minutes when a fan suffered a seizure and medical personnel were called in.
Once play resumed, NU reliever Brian Zubor gave up a double to Huth. With one out, NU relief pitcher Matt Tomlin threw a wild pitch allowing Huth to score the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the inning. Kevin Harrington had a leadoff single to left. Erik Mumm was then supposed to bunt Harrington over, but after an apparent ball was called a strike, Coach Van Horn was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Goafor arguing balls and strikes.
Mumm struck out and Scott Larsen hit into a game-ending double play. Tech pitcher Shane Wright (10-1) tossed a complete game to earn the win.
The Huskers and Red Raiders conclude the three game series with the rubber match at 1 p.m. at Buck Beltzer Stadium.