Despite his .161 batting average through ten games, outfielder Kale Kiser wasn’t worried. He knew it was early in the season and slumps happen.
The senior busted out of that slump on Tuesday - going 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning, to push Nebraska’s record to 7-4 on the year, with a 9-6 win over Kansas State in the Huskers home opener.
“It was a 3-2 fastball,” said Kiser. “I will take it. I still have a lot of work to do, but it’s something to build on…The ball carried and got up in the wind.”
Nebraska used seven pitchers in all, with Tyler Niederklein picking up the win, throwing 1.2 total innings, and giving up one earned run.
“I thought we came out a little nervous, there were a lot of fans here,” said Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad, who saw 4,169 fans come out for the first year head coach’s first home contest.
“It’s not always like this?” said a joking Erstad.
Nebraska's Travis Huber picked up his third save of the season, striking out two in the top of the ninth inning.
Chad Christensen continued his hot start to the season, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. The junior was batting .390 coming into the contest with 41 at bats.
Nebraska returns home tomorrow for a 1:35 PM start against Nebraska Kearney.
More to come from Big Red Report on today’s contest later tonight.