Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers had everything going for them in a 6-0 win over K-State. The Wildcats struggled on both sides of the ball giving up six runs off of 10 hits. K-State was only able to salvage four hits with no runs.
“It wasn’t a very good game, period. They just outplayed us in every phase,” said head coach Brad Hill. “We just weren’t very competitive tonight. We hit a few balls hard early, they got caught, but we don’t make adjustments and we don’t hit many balls flat. Everything we hit low and hard seemed to be hits, which was about four times tonight. Everything else got elevated and we just didn’t compete good.”
The Cornhuskers were able to get on the board early with two runs in the third inning. This brought on an early pitching change when sophomore starter Jared Moore was replaced after only 44 pitches and 2.2 innings. Moore was replaced by junior Jake Doller, this was the first of many calls to the bullpen.
Doller looked to be the only bright spot for the Wildcats, as he took the mound for 2.1 innings, allowing zero runs and only one hit.
“Yeah I mean, he threw pretty good,” said Hill on Doller’s efforts. “He throws well, Jared Moore gives us two good innings and makes a mistake and they kind of capitalize on the one mistake.”
The Wildcats called on freshman Robert Youngdahl to take the mound in the sixth inning. Youngdahl allowed three runs off of four hits in 1.1 innings pitched. K-State then called on sophomore Johnny Fasola and freshman Caleb Wallingford to finish out the game. Wallingford would give up one run in the last inning. Nebraska’s Tyler King was awarded the win. This was his first win on the season giving him a record of 1-0.
Tuesday night was the first time that the Wildcats were shut out this season. After starting off the season 12-6, the Wildcats have now dropped eight of their last 10 games to fall to 14-14 on the season.
K-State will look to bounce back against Sacred Heart Thursday at Tointon Family Stadium. Sacred Heart comes into the series with a record of 10-16 with a record of 1-7 on the road.