Following Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers, Nebraska baseball head coach Darin Erstad was candid in saying he took the blame for the loss as he didn't have the team prepared.
More importantly, Sunday's loss drops the Huskers to just one game above 500 at 8-7 in Big Ten Conference play, in the middle of a jumbled pack chasing the Boilermakers who sit atop the standings.
The loss for the Huskers was disappointing considering the effort that was made in Saturday's 8-3 win, a game that saw Nebraska's Brandon Pierce throw 7 innings, giving up just two earned runs and striking out three batters, including other performances, in addition to a season-high crowd of 6,257 in attendance at Hawks Field.
"But I tell our guys you have to get used to it because we are going to play a lot of teams that are ranked and you might as well figure out how to do it, and learn how to play against the best and against teams that may not be the best, so this is all part of the process learning how to handle these things, and if we do have a mental let down that's on me not having them ready to play," Erstad said.
If Nebraska hopes to get back on the winning path, the Huskers must regroup beginning Tuesday night with a non-conference game against the Creighton Bluejays up at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
Following Tuesday's game, the Huskers host Cal State Bakersfield for a three-game set at Haymarket Park this weekend.