LINCOLN, Nebraska – Nebraska’s Johnny Dorn
allowed just one run on one hit over 7 1/3 innings to lead the ninth-ranked
Cornhuskers to a 6-2 series-opening win over Texas Tech on Friday evening in
front of 6,593 fans at Haymarket
Park in Lincoln.
The loss snapped a
four-game win streak by the Red Raiders as Tech fell to 16-13 overall and to 4-6
in Big 12 play. Nebraska improved to
22-4-1 and 8-1-1 in league play.
pitcher Nate Karns (1-5) was unable to repeat his strong performance against
week where he gave up only one run on six hits and one walk. Tonight he gave up
four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five-plus innings of work.
first got to Karns in the bottom of the second when Nebraska’s designated
hitter Cody Neer connected with a 1-1 pitch for a two-RBI single.
Nebraska added to its lead
in the third when Jake Opitz hit a line drive to right field which got past a
diving Roger Kieschnick resulting in an RBI triple. On the very next pitch he
was driven in by a double from Mitch Abeita to increase the lead to 4-0.
The Tech offense
also struggled, recording only one hit against Nebraska starter Johnny Dorn. Dorn, a Brooks
Wallace Award Candidate, held the Red Raiders hitless for the first four
innings. That was broken up when Doug
Thennis, Tech’s leadoff batter in the fifth, took Dorn’s 3-1 offering over the
left field wall to cut Nebraska’s led to 4-1. Dorn finished the game
with one run on one hit, three walks and 10 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.
Karns was chased
away in the sixth after giving up a leadoff home run to Nebraska’s Craig
Corriston which increased the Husker’s lead to 5-1. The Red Raider Bullpen allowed one more run
on two hits to finish the game.
Tech made one last
threat to cut away at Nebraska’s lead after James Leverton came up
with a pinch hit double in the top of the eighth, moving Chris Hall to third.
Two batters later Willie Rueda hit a deep shot to right but it was hauled in at
the wall leaving both runners stranded.
another hit in the top of the ninth when he singled up the middle. After
stealing second he was driven into home when Jason Seefeld ripped a grounder
between Nebraska’s third baseman Jake Mort’s legs that
resulted in an error.
Texas Tech will
look to even up this three-game series on Saturday afternoon as the two squads
meet for game two. First pitch at
Park is set for 2:05
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Texas Tech 000 010
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Nebraska 022 001
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WP = Johnny
LP = Nate
With the loss, Tech is now
16-23 on the season and 4-6 in Big 12 play
The series now moves to 23-19
all-time and 12-5 in Lincoln, all in favor of Nebraska.
Tonight was just the third
time in 11 games that the Red Raiders have held their opponents scoreless in the
Monk Kreder’s throw to second
to catch the runner stealing in the second was his fourth assist in his last
three starts behind the plate and his 14th of the
Nate Karns recorded six
strikeouts, good for the second highest game total in his career. He recorded
seven Feb. 24 against Oral Roberts.
Doug Thennis picked up his
second home run in the last two Big 12 games as he was the only Red Raider to
get a hit off Johnny Dorn. Thennis
delivered a solo blast to left field to snap Dorn’s shutout