|Indiana at Nebraska |
|May 6, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|W: AARON SLEGERS (7-1) L: Aaron Bummer (1-1) S: NONE|
LINCOLN, Neb. - For just the second time this season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers dropped a series at home, after losing to the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers on Monday, 10-2.
Nebraska dropped to 12-6 in Big Ten play, while Indiana improved to 13-5, 36-9 overall. The two were neck-and-neck for the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten conference coming into the weekend. The first and second seed at the end of the year get a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
“I can handle losing, the thing I’m disappointed in is the amount of walks,” said Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad, who saw his staff issue nine walks on the afternoon and play less than stellar defense. “I’m just disappointed we didn’t finish the game playing the way we can defensively.
“Against an average team you can probably get away with that, against a team who has a very realistic chance of hosting regionals you are going to get your tailed whooped.”
It wasn’t just pitching that haunted the Huskers on Monday. Nebraska only managed to record three hits in the first eight innings.
“We are not there yet obviously,” said Erstad. “We are going to go out and battle and fight, but at the end of the day, we had it taken to us again. Obviously we have to get better.”
Big Ten Standings:
Minnesota: 11-4 / 28-15
Indiana: 13-5 / 36-9
Nebraska: 12-6 / 21-25
Ohio State: 13-7 / 31-14
On Friday, Nebraska will travel to Minnesota for three-game series with the Gophers, a sweep would put Nebraska back in the driver seat for a first-round bye.
“At the end of the day you still have a chance at the two seed. There are still six games left, who knows what can happen, but at the end of the day, I’m more concerned about how we are going about our business,” said Erstad.
* Indiana pitcher Aaron Slegers went 8.1 innings, giving up only two runs on five hits on Monday. The 6-foot-10 right-hander pounded the bottom half of the zone, keeping Nebraska off balance with off-speed pitches.
* Indiana had five home runs in the three-game series.
* Nebraska left-fielder Chad Christensen went 7-for-11 in the series, with three runs and three RBIs.