Curtis Ledbetter and Brandon Fusilier
became the third and fourth players in school history to hit two homers in an inning,
as both players homered twice in an 11-run fourth for Nebraska (12-2), which
has won four games in a row.
The duo joined Matt Hopper (vs. Western Illinois
4/18/00) and Marc Sagmoen (vs. St. John’s, 3/20/93) among many other NCAA
players to hit two round trippers in an inning, as Nebraska's five homers in the
inning were two shy of the NCAA record of seven set by Southern Utah in 2001.
Nebraska’s 11-run inning was its highest output in an inning since scoring 11
runs against Nebraska-Kearney on March 5 2002.
Ledbetter went 4-for-6 with two homers, two doubles,
four RBIs and four runs scored, while Fusilier went 3-fo-3 with two homers and a
career-best five RBIs, as the Huskers pounded out 20 hits against four SDSU
Jake Opitz (Littleton, Colo.) and Jeff Christy
(Lincoln, Neb.) also had two hits apiece and drove in two runs, as every starter
had at least one in helping Nebraska set season bests in both hits and runs.
NU starter Phil Shirek (Minot, N.D.) was the
beneficiary of the offensive explosion, allowing two runs over five innings to
pick up his second win of the season. Shirek, who improved to 2-0, scattered
seven hits and struck out four Jackrabbits.
SDSU starter Josh Elliott (0-3) suffered most of the
damage, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits in just 3.1 innings to take the loss.
Tony Lane went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, while Greg Geary had four
hits and an RBI for SDSU, which dipped to 2-10 on the season.
Nebraska will return to action on Tuesday, when it
begins a three-game series with Northern Colorado. First pitch is set for 1:05
p.m., and the game will be carried on HuskersNside.com.