Huskers Take Middle Game From Texas A&M

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LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska used a pair of Texas A&M errors to fuel a five-run ninth and lift the Huskers to a 9-8 win over the 5th-ranked Aggies in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field.

NU left fielder Nick Sullivan led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Tyler Farst followed with a routine double-play ball to second baseman Blake Stouffer, who misplayed the grounder to put runners at the corners. Following a walk, David Stewart reached safely on a fielding error by first baseman Luke Anders, and a run scored on the play. A two-run single to left by Cody Neer then cut the Aggie lead to one at 8-7.

Bryce Nimmo tied the game on chopper to shortstop Jose Duran, who stepped on second for the first out of the inning. After a strikeout and walk, Mitch Abeita ended the game with an RBI single to center field.

The loss snaps a 16-game conference win streak for A&M (42-9, 19-4 Big 12), while Nebraska improved to 37-9-1 and 16-6-1.

The Aggies ca­me out of the gate swinging in the first. Kyle Colligan led off the game with a single over the third base bag. The next batter, Blake Stouffer, drove a 1-0 offering from NU starter Thad Weber off the top of the wall in right center field to put two in scoring position. One out later, Jose Duran’s high chopper bounced over the left side of the infield to plate both Colligan and Stouffer and give A&M an early 2-0 lead.

Nebraska tied the game in the last of the second with a pair of two out extra-base hits. Husker right fielder DJ Belfonte doubled to the left-center field gap on a 1-2 offering from A&M starter Barret Loux. The next batter, designated hitter David Stewart, sent his second home run of the season over the right field bullpen to even the game.

Stewart struck again in the fourth. With one out and runners at second and third, the freshman laced a full-count pitch into the right field corner to give Nebraska a 4-2 advantage.

A&M would respond with four two-out runs in its next at bat to retake the lead.

Kevin Gonzalez led off the fifth with a double into the left field corner. Two outs and a walk later, the Aggies had runners at the corners for Duran, who singled through the left side to score Gonzalez. Luke Anders followed with a line-drive double to the fence in left center, plating two and giving the Aggies a 5-3 lead. Darby Brown would drive him in with a hard single through the right side.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the sixth, Duran chopped a ball near second base. Husker shortstop Ben Kline booted the ball as he attempted to flip to the bag for the final out of the inning, allowing Brodie Green to score easily from third. Blake Stouffer, running all the way from second, beat the throw home to push the A&M lead to 8-4.

Kyle Thebeau (5-3) suffered the loss, allowing three hits and five runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work. Loux lasted 4 1/3 and allowed six hits, four runs (all earned) and three walks while striking out two.

Husker reliever Dan Jennings (6-1) allowed three hits in 3 1/3 shutout innings, striking out five batters. Weber went 5 2/3 and was touched for eight hits and eight runs (six earned). He walked four and fanned eight.

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