LINCOLN, Neb. - Despite a 13-17 record coming into the weekend, Nebraska was No. 51 in RPI – a number that is likely to go down when the new rankings come out on Monday.
The Huskers lost 2-of-3 against the Ohio State Buckeyes at home over the weekend, dropping their overall record to 14-19 and 8-4 in the Big Ten. Ohio State was No. 61 in the RPI coming into the weekend and could be on the way up after beating Nebraska on Saturday and Sunday.
Nebraska lost 6-5 on Saturday in 11 innings and on Sunday, was down 7-1 in the 9th, before scoring three in the bottom of the inning, leaving the bases load with the game-winning run at the plate.
“We flat out just got beat,” said Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad. “We had a four run lead yesterday and they beat our two best guys. Then they came in today and took it to us. It’s not easy to take on your home field, but you have to tip your hat.
“They are my sleeper team in the Big Ten. That is the best top to bottom rotation we have seen in the Big Ten. They have quality starters, a very deep bullpen, and guys on both sides who compete.”
After a two-game series with No. 8 Arkansas on Tuesday and Wednesday at Haymarket Park, Nebraska will resume Big Ten play on Friday against Purdue. The Huskers have just four more series in Big Ten play, as they chase the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The first two teams in the conference standings at the end of the year get a first round bye in the conference tournament.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
(As of Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.):
Minnesota: 7-2 (.777) / 22-13 overall
Michigan: 7-2 (.777) / 20-14 overall
Indiana: 8-3 (.727) / 26-6 overall
Nebraska: 8-4 (.666) / 14-19 overall
Ohio State: 7-5 (.583) / 23-11 overall
* Nebraska sophomore pitcher Kyle Kubat will likely get his first innings of the season on Tuesday against Arkansas. After his 5-1 record and a 2.64 ERA his freshman season, Kubat has battled soreness in his shoulder. He did warm up on Sunday in the bullpen, but was not used.