Evanston, Ill. – A complete game from Northwestern’s Zach Morton was too much for the Nebraska baseball team (19-11, 3-3 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park in a 6-1 loss to the Wildcats. After winning on Friday night, the Huskers dropped the final two games of the three game series to lose their first conference series.
Nebraska starter Zach Hirsch gave the Huskers a solid outing over 5.2 innings, as the St. Charles, Ill., native gave up just three runs on seven hits. The Huskers were unable to get the offense going with only six hits on the day. Michael Pritchard led the Huskers with a 2-for-3 performance and one run scored.
Hirsch retired the Wildcats in order in the first, but Jack Havey broke the streak with a leadoff single in the bottom of the second and scored on a two-out double by Colby Everett to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Huskers nearly threw out Havey at the plate, but catcher Richard Stock was unable to handle the relay throw.
After being sent down in order in the first three innings, Pritchard worked a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth and moved into scoring position at second a slow grounder up the first-base line by Rich Sanguinetti. Nebraska then caught a break on a wild pitch, that allowed Pritchard to move to third with Christensen up. The wild pitch came back to hurt the Wildcats, as Pritchard scored on a RBI groundout by Chad Christensen to the second baseman, tying the game at 1-1 through three innings.
Northwestern got the run back and added another in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer from Havey after a leadoff walk to Paul Snieder. Hirsch bounced right back and struck out Nick Linne for the first out of the inning, but the Wildcats strung together back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Hirsch buckled down to retired Walker Moses on a pop out and struck out Hamilton Wise to end the inning.
Pritchard got the Huskers going in the sixth with a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Sanguinetti. NU’s left fielder was unable to score though, as Morton retired Christensen and Kash Kalkowski to end the inning.
Northwestern continued to add runs with three in the seventh on three hits to take a commanding 6-1. Nebraska notched a pair of singles in the eighth and a leadoff double from Stock in the ninth, but was unable to cut into the Wildcat lead.
The Huskers will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face the Kansas State Wildcats. NU will look to sweep the season series with the Wildcats after winning the first two meetings of the year, both at Hawks Field. KStateSports.com will have a video stream of the game (subscription required), while Greg Sharpe and Lane Grindle will have the call on the Husker Sports Network, including Huskers.com.