Gov. Ricketts Proclaims Rodeo Week

Governor Pete Ricketts (center) rides down Goodhue Boulevard with members of the UNL Rodeo Team in front of the Nebraska State Capitol after proclaiming Rodeo Week.

Governor Pete Ricketts (center) rides down Goodhue Boulevard with members of the
UNL Rodeo Team in front of the Nebraska State Capitol after proclaiming Rodeo Week.

Lincoln – Monday afternoon, Governor Ricketts joined members of the UNL Rodeo Association and UNL Rodeo Team on horseback to proclaim Rodeo Week in Nebraska ahead of the 57th Annual UNL Rodeo, which will be held April 17th and 18th at the Lancaster County Events Center. Before joining members of the UNL Rodeo Team for a ride down Goodhue Boulevard just south of the State Capitol, the Governor signed and read the proclamation designating April 12th-18th as Rodeo Week from horseback at the Governor’s Residence.

For more information on the 57th Annual UNL Rodeo visit: https://www.facebook.com/unlrodeo.

Huskers Visit TD Ameritrade Park Tuesday, Host Mavericks Wednesday

husker baseballLincoln – Coming off a series victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (26-11, 5-4 Big Ten) is scheduled to play the Creighton Bluejays (20-9, 5-1 Big East) and Omaha Mavericks (16-16, 9-6 Summit) during the midweek before hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes next weekend at Hawks Field.

The Huskers and Bluejays are set to meet at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park for the second game of a three-game season series between the two teams. The game will be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

The Huskers won the first meeting of the year between the two teams, 5-1, on March 31 at Hawks Field and Tuesday night will be a rematch on the mound between Nebraska’s Garett King and Creighton’s Jeff Albrecht. King allowed two hits over 8.0 innings in the win two weeks ago, while Albrecht took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.

The Huskers have struggled on the road this season, as they are 9-9 away from Hawks Field, including a 5-6 record in true road games. On the other side, the Jays have been great at home with an 11-3 mark at TD Ameritrade Park. The Jays enter Tuesday winners of nine straight at home, tied for their longest streak at TD Ameritrade Park.

After making the short trip to Omaha on Tuesday, the Huskers will be back at home on Wednesday night for a 6:35 p.m. showdown against the Mavericks. As of now, neither team has announced a starter.

The Huskers are 17-2 at Hawks Field this season and will look to sweep the season series from the Mavs after earning a 3-2 extra-innings road win on April 1 at Werner Park. Freshman Scott Schreiber untied the game in the top of the 10th with a solo home run and Josh Roeder closed the game with a perfect inning of relief.

Tuesday, April 14 (7:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP King (3-0) vs. LHP Albrecht (1-2)

TV: CBS Sports Network

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: None

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Wednesday, April 15 (6:35 p.m.)

Probable Starters: TBA vs. TBA

TV: None

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: BTN Plus

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Huskers-S. Alabama to Be Played in Prime Time

nebraska_helmetThe Big Ten Network announced its schedule of 2015 prime-time football games on Monday, including Nebraska’s Sept. 12 home game against South Alabama.

The exact kickoff time for the Husker-South Alabama matchup will be announced at a later date. The meeting will be the first ever between the two programs. South Alabama plays in the Sun Belt Conference and reached the Camellia Bowl in 2014 in its second season as a full member of the Football Bowl Subdivision ranks.

BTN has selected 10 games to air in prime-time this fall, beginning on Sept. 4 and continuing through Nov. 14.

Additional Nebraska games could be selected for prime-time telecasts by other television partners.

BTN Announces 2015 Primetime Football Schedule

BTN Big Ten NetworkCHICAGO – BTN’s 2015 primetime football schedule will feature the conference’s 2014 West Division Champion Wisconsin Badgers, Cotton Bowl Champion Michigan State and Michigan in its first year under new head coach Jim Harbaugh among its contests on six key Saturday nights.

Twelve of the 14 Big Ten schools will play in primetime on BTN, and four of the games are conference contests, including Minnesota at Iowa in the first-ever primetime battle for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy at Kinnick Stadium.

“Since BTN launched, there has never been more anticipation leading into the football season,” said BTN President Mark Silverman.

The first of BTN’s conference matchups in primetime features Rutgers at Penn State on Sept. 19. Last season in the Scarlet Knights’ Big Ten debut, the Nittany Lions played the spoiler and left Piscataway victorious after a late touchdown drive. This year at Beaver Stadium, Rutgers will look to even the score in this budding rivalry of neighboring state schools.

On Oct. 3, Michigan visits Maryland in a Big Ten East Division clash. The Terrapins defeated the Wolverines 23-16 last year, but with a new regime in place, Michigan has high hopes of returning to the top of the pack. Maryland impressed in its first Big Ten season, finishing the season with a 7-6 record, including 4-4 in conference play.

Michigan State, which ended last season ranked No. 5 in the country after its dramatic comeback victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, visits Rutgers on Oct. 10. The Spartans, a preseason top-10 squad, return quarterback Connor Cook and a number of key cogs on the defensive side who are intent on earning a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff.

BTN closes out its primetime slate on Nov. 14 with the Floyd of Rosedale rivalry game, when the Hawkeyes host the Gophers. Iowa has won six of the last 10, but Minnesota looks to capture the trophy for the second straight season after its impressive 51-14 victory last year.

BTN’s other primetime selections include Pittsburgh at Iowa on Sept. 19, when former Michigan State defensive coordinator and now Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi makes his return to the conference. Also on the schedule are Hawaii at Wisconsin and Ball State at Northwestern.

In all, BTN will televise at least 40 football games this fall. Start times and television arrangements for other early season games will be announced at a later date.

BTN’s Primetime Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 12

South Alabama at Nebraska

Saturday, Sept. 19

Rutgers at Penn State

Saturday, September 26

Hawaii at Wisconsin

Saturday, October 3

Michigan at Maryland

Saturday, October 10

Michigan State at Rutgers

Saturday, November 14

Minnesota at Iowa

*Kent State at Illinois on Friday, Sept. 4 previously announced

*Florida International at Indiana on Sept. 12, Pittsburgh at Iowa on Sept. 19 and Ball State at Northwestern on Sept. 26 will also appear in primetime in the Big Ten team’s home market and on Extra Football Game Channels and BTN2Go elsewhere.

This Week in Nebraska Athletics

Tuesday, April 14           Baseball                              at Creighton (CBS Sports Network)          Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade)   7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15     Softball                                at Omaha                                                       Omaha, Neb.                          6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15    Baseball                             Omaha (BTN Plus)                                      Hawks Field                           6:35 p.m.

Friday, April 17               Men’s Tennis                     Penn State                                                    Lincoln, Neb.                          4 p.m.

Friday, April 17               Softball                               Northwestern                                               Bowlin Stadium                     5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 17               Baseball                             Ohio State                                                     Hawks Field                           6:35 p.m.

Friday, April 17               Women’s Gymnastics      at NCAA Championship Semifinals         Fort Worth, Texas                   7 p.m.

Saturday, April 18          Men’s Golf                          at Hawkeye Invitational                               Iowa City, Iowa                       9 a.m.

Saturday, April 18          Soccer                                 at Colorado                                                    Boulder, Colo.                         10:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 18          Track & Field                      at Michael Johnson Classic                       Waco, Texas                           11 a.m.

Saturday, April 18          Women’s Tennis               at Illinois                                                         Urbana, Ill.                               Noon

Saturday, April 18         Softball                               World’s Largest Softball Tailgate            Bowlin Stadium                     10 a.m.

Saturday, April 18         Softball                               Northwestern                                                   Bowlin Stadium                     1 p.m.

Saturday, April 18         Baseball                             Ohio State (NET/BTN Plus)                       Hawks Field                           2:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 18          Soccer                                 at Denver                                                       Denver, Colo.                          3 p.m.

Saturday, April 18          Women’s Gymnastics      at NCAA Super Six Finals                           Fort Worth, Texas                   6 p.m.

Sunday, April 19             Men’s Golf                          at Hawkeye Invitational                               Iowa City, Iowa                       9 a.m.

Sunday, April 19             Women’s Tennis               at Northwestern                                            Evanston, Ill.                            11 a.m.

Sunday, April 19            Men’s Tennis                     Ohio State                                                     Lincoln, Neb.                          Noon

Sunday, April 19            Baseball                             Ohio State                                                     Hawks Field                           1:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 19             Women’s Gymnastics      at NCAA Individual Event Finals               Fort Worth, Texas                   2 p.m.

Sunday, April 19            Softball                               Northwestern                                               Bowlin Stadium                     3 p.m.

Lincoln County Raceway Results 4-11-15

lincoln-county-raceway-resultsGetting the 2015 campaign started off on top at Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Nebraska were Mike Densberger, Chad Dolan, Mike Nichols, Brady Weinman and Erik Nelson in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday evening.

Starting on the pole and never looking back, Mike Densberger of Lincoln cruised to a dominating win in the IMCA Modified Feature event. Densberger had a straightaway lead over the rest of the field as the heat race winner cruised under the checkered flag in the main event. Veteran wheelman Chuck Stryker of Eddyville started on the outside of the front row and was able to stay within the top five through the 20 lap feature to finish second overall. Charley Brown of Maxwell worked his magic on the high banks to earn a third place showing. Along with Densberger, Cozad’s Colton Osborn was a heat race winner in the Modified division.

Battling to the front from a third row starting position during the early laps that were plagued with cautions paid off for Chad Dolan of Gibbon, as he cruised to an IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature victory. Dolan was able to win his heat race and then snare the lead in the feature on the fourth lap and never relinquish the lead again. Engaged in a see-saw skirmish during the first three laps of the feature was front row starters Henry Henderson of Sutherland and North Platte’s Kerry Jones. Henderson led the first lap before Jones took the lead for the second and third circuits. The duo of Henderson and Jones stayed near the front for the duration and scored second and third place honors, respectively. Along with Dolan, Paul Donavan of McCook and Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt won early in the evening heat races.

Leading the lap that means the most, Mike Nichols took the lead after the white flag was thrown and raced back around the high banks to the checkered flag to score an IMCA Stock Car Feature victory for the Harlan, Iowa hotshoe. Finishing second overall, just getting edged at the finish line by Nichols was Casey Woken of Ogallala. Woken took the lead on the eighth lap from Casey Werkmeister of Maywood and set a blistering pace from the front of the field. Starting in the third row and staying inside the top five throughout the feature was the ‘Flyin Farmer’ Kyle Clough of Wallace, as he finished third overall when the checkered flag flew. Woken along with Dash for Cash winner Mikey Dancer of North Platte won the heat races in the division.

Seeking the fastest groove, it took until the seventh lap before Brady Weinman was able to carry the momentum on the cushion to score the lead and then storm his way to an IMCA Hobby Stock Feature victory. Weinman of Arnold was on cruise control in front of the field for much of the feature event. The Benkelman Bullet Austin Davis led the first six laps and then spent the remainder of the main event trying to reel in Weinman. Davis was forced to settle with runner-up honors. Lexington speedster Jacob Wolsleben won a heat race and carried the momentum into the feature where he finished third overall. Along with Wolsleben, Tyson Canas of Cozad was a heat race winner.

Hitting the loud pedal with authority was Erik Nelson of Central City in storming into the lead on lap three and never again trailing scored the wheelman a IMCA Sport Compact victory. Nelson started in the second row and was able to avoid skirmishes early on to roll to a victory. Coming from the fourth row, Andrew Baumgardner of North Platte was able to pull into the runner-up position in the waning laps but that is as far as he could advance, as he settled for second place. Early leader Devin Bjorklund was able to stay among the front runners and score a third place finish.

Unofficial Results:

–IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 81-Mike Densberger, 2. 19-Chuck Stryker, 3. 4c-Charley Brown, 4. 97m-David Murray Jr., 5. 17j-Jeremy Frenier, 6. 3rw-Ronnie Wallace, 7. XII-Jay Steffens, 8. 50c-Colton Osborn, 9. 34jw-Cole Hodges, 10. 4p-Dave Pedersen.

Heat race winners: 50c-Osborn, 81-Densberger.

–IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 87d-Chad Dolan, 2. 11h-Henry Henderson, 3. 12j-Kerry Jones, 4. 1-Paul Donavan, 5. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt, 6. 7a-Steve Aitken, 7. 55d-Dillon Schultz, 8. 13-Terry Dressel, 9. 9-RC Heil, 10. 41g-Justin Gibbens.

Heat race winners: 87d-Dolan, 1-Paul Donavan, 15k-Kennicutt.

–IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 63-Mike Nichols, 2. 35jw-Casey Woken, 3. 11k-Kyle Clough, 4. 45-Mikey Dancer, 5. 42w-Kyle Werkmeister, 6. 00-Sara Klein, 7. 561-Kurt Trusty, 8. 24-Bob Chalupa, 9. 09h-Bob Hoing, 10. 47-Russ Small Jr.

Heat race winners: 45-Dancer, 35jw-Woken.

–IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 22w-Brady Weinman, 2. 22-Austin Davis, 3. 01-Jacob Wolsleben, 4. 88j-Jacob Olmstead, 5. 5-Chuck Ledbetter, 6. 98z-Zach Olmstead, 7. 2c-Tyson Canas, 8. 72b-Jacob Hagan, 9. 1-Tanner Clough, 10. 7s-Scott Gibson.

Heat race winners: 01-Wolsleben, 2c-Canas.

–IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 7-Erik Nelson, 2. 44u-Andrew Baumgardner, 3. 28d-Devin Bjorklund, 4. 67-Alex Fletcher, 5. 33-Andrew McClellen, 6. 67x-Blake Fletcher, 7. 74b-Tristan Barnhill, 8. 057-Cody Schimmer, 9. 19b-Jordan Biere, 10. h0t-Hunter Hoatson.

Heat race winners: 28d-Bjorklund, 44u-Baumgardner.

Registration Opens for Mike Trader’s Mid-America Basketball Camp

Trader-Basketball-CampMike Trader’s Annual Mid-America Basketball Camp will conduct five individual sessions this summer. The overnight and commuter camps for boys will be held June 21-24 at Central Community College (Platte Campus) in Columbus, on July 13-16 at Hastings College, and July 19-22 at Doane College. Day Camps will be held for both boys and girls at Grand Island Central Catholic on May 26-29 and July 26-29. In addition, there will be overnight and commuter camps for girls June 21-24 at Central Community College (Platte Campus) in Columbus, on July 13-16 at Hastings College  and at Doane on July 19-22.

The individual camp is open to those 8 years old through 11th grade.

The camp has been one of the most popular camps in the Midwest during the past 29 years with over 30,000 campers having attended during that time.

This camp is well known for its great teaching of fundamental skills and having outstanding coaches from throughout the nation teaching the campers. It combines the teaching of these skills with team play and contests throughout the camp.

The camps will be held at Hastings College, Central Community College in Columbus, Doane College in Crete, and at Grand Island Central Catholic. As mentioned the camp staff will include both top college and prep coaches, all experienced in basketball summer camp work.

For more information and application forms call, write, or e-mail Mike Trader at:

Mike Trader

Box 86

York, Ne 68467

402-960-8011

mtrader@hastings.edu

or check out the camp website at: www.traderscamp.com.

DeZiel, Welk Earn Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

UNLThe University of Nebraska Athletic Department celebrated its 25th anniversary of honoring its highest academic, athletic and community achievers with a special red carpet recognition event at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Sunday evening.

Nebraska’s outstanding student-athletes were recognized for stellar performances in competition, the classroom and the community. In addition to naming its prestigious Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Awards and other annual team and individual accomplishments, Nebraska celebrated the addition of several new awards to honor top performances throughout the past calendar year.

John Welk and Jessie DeZiel captured two of Nebraska’s most coveted awards as the Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

Welk, a two-time All-American as part of NU’s 4×100-meter relay team for Coach Gary Pepin’s men’s track and field squad, is also a two-time NCAA Elite 89 award winner. The senior nutrition science major from Bismarck, N.D., held the top grade-point average of any male student-athlete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both 2013 and 2014. Welk is also a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection.

Welk is the fifth consecutive Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year from the Husker track and field squad, following Nicholas Gordon (2011), Tyler Hitchler (2012), Bjorn Barrefors (2013) and Seth Wiedel (2014). Overall the men’s track and field program has claimed six Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year awards, including Aaron Plas (2006), since the award’s inception at Nebraska in 1991. Seven NU women’s track and field student-athletes also have captured the award, giving Coach Pepin’s program 13 of the 50 all-time awards.

DeZiel, a senior from Rogers, Minn., is a seven-time All-American entering next week’s NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. A 2015 AAI Award nominee, DeZiel is also a three-time NCAA Regional vault champion. A three-time academic All-Big Ten selection as a nutrition and health sciences major, DeZiel became the sixth Husker women’s gymnast to win Nebraska’s Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Year award. She joins Nicole Duval (1995), Shelly Bartlett (1997), Richelle Simpson (2005), Stephanie Carter (2007) and Emily Wong (2014) among the elite women’s gymnasts in the history of Coach Dan Kendig’s program to win the highest honor presented by Nebraska to its student-athletes.

DeZiel and Welk also will win the conference’s most exclusive award as recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2015. The award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 9,000 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.

In an exciting addition to the annual awards event, Nebraska added a pair of new awards to recognize the top athletic achievements by its student-athletes. Miles Ukaoma, who won the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 400-meter hurdles, claimed Nebraska’s Best Male Athlete Award. A four-time All-American in the event, Ukaoma added a pair of Big Ten crowns (2012, 2014) in the event while also capturing a Big Ten title as a member NU’s 4×400-meter relay (2013). The native of Maize, Kan., completed his athletic eligibility at Nebraska last season.

Liz Kuhlkin, who led the Nebraska bowling team to its second NCAA team title in the last three seasons over the weekend in St. Louis, captured the Best Female Athlete Award. Kuhlkin, who was the Most Outstanding Bowler at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a member of the 2015 NCAA All-Tournament Team, was named the National Tenpin Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2015. The senior from Schenectady, N.Y., is a three-time first-team NTCA All-American and a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection.

A new scholastic award was also presented with the addition of the Outstanding Scholar Award. Welk was joined in earning that honor by fellow men’s track and field team members Will Lohman and Mark Hilderbrand along with men’s golfer Josh Reinertson. On the women’s side, the Outstanding Scholar Award went to twins Amanda and Jennifer Lauer from the women’s gymnastics program.

Coach Pablo Morales’ Nebraska women’s swimming and diving team captured the Herman Team Grade-Point Average award with a combined GPA of 3.568 for 2014, ending a streak of four straight wins by the women’s tennis program. Coach Kerry McDermott’s Husker tennis team claimed the award on the men’s side with a 3.510 GPA in 2014. The victory by the tennis team also ended a streak of four consecutive wins by the men’s golf program.

The Herman Team Grade-Point Average awards began in 1994 thanks to a generous contribution from Dick and Dale Herman. Dick, who has been a generous contributor across many levels of Nebraska Athletics, especially to the Academic support facilities and Academic recognition events, was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.

Coach Chuck Chmelka’s Nebraska men’s gymnastics team and Coach John Walker’s women’s soccer team captured the prestigious Life Skills Awards of Excellence, for their exceptional commitment to NU’s award-winning Life Skills program. The Life Skills program also named five winners across all sports of its most prestigious individual award – the Heart & Soul Award. The Heart & Soul winners were Samantha Areman (Soccer), Devandrew Johnson (Track & Field), Rebekah Land (Swimming & Diving), Ian Ousley (Wrestling) and Desire’ Stephens (Women’s Gymnastics).

In addition to the team awards and the Heart & Soul awards, Life Skills presented 35 of Nebraska’s top all-around student-athletes across all sports with Nebraska Student-Athlete Hero Leadership awards.

Overall, a total of 269 Huskers earned academic medallions at the banquet. Gold medallions (68) were presented to those for highest academic honors (3.75-4.0 grade-point average). Silver medallions (61) were awarded to those for high honors (3.5-3.749 GPA), while bronze medallions (140) were presented to student-athletes with honors (3.0-3.499 GPA).

2015 University Nebraska Athletic/Academic/Life Skills Awards
Male Student-Athlete of the Year – John Welk (Track & Field)
Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Jessie DeZiel (Gymnastics)

Best Male Athlete – Miles Ukaoma (Track & Field)
Best Female Athlete – Liz Kuhlkin (Bowling)

Outstanding Scholar Awards (6)
Mark Hilderbrand (Track & Field)
Will Lohman (Track & Field)
John Welk (Track & Field)
Josh Reinertson (Golf)
Amanda Lauer (Gymnastics)
Jennifer Lauer (Gymnastics)

Heart & Soul Awards (5)
Samantha Areman (Soccer)
Devandrew Johnson (Track & Field)
Rebekah Land (Swimming & Diving)
Ian Ousley (Wrestling)
Desire’ Stephens (Gymnastics)

Men’s Herman Team GPA Award – Tennis (3.510 GPA)
Women’s Herman Team GPA Award – Swimming & Diving (3.568 GPA)

Men’s Life Skills Award of Excellence – Gymnastics
Women’s Life Skills Award of Excellence – Soccer

Lifetime Achievement Award – Dick Herman

Nebraska Student-Athlete Hero Leadership Awards (35)
Freedom Akinmoladun, Football
Landon Bartel, Track & Field
Jourden Casey, Soccer
Davon Clark, Track & Field
Byerson Cockrell, Football
Cassie Deeg, Women’s Golf
Hannah Dittmar, Soccer
Joey Felici, Football
Kelsey Fien, Volleyball
Sarah Firestone, Track & Field
Trey Foster, Football
Levi Gipson, Track & Field
Blake Headley, Baseball
Ciara Jenkins, Swimming & Diving
Collin Jensen, Wrestling
Jacqueline Juffer, Swimming & Diving
Kye Kurkowski, Basketball
Jennie Laeng, Women’s Gymnastics
Will Lohman, Track & Field
Chris Long, Football
Alex Lorentz, Rifle
Ethan Lottman, Men’s Gymnastics
Mackenna Maddox, Women’s Tennis
Cameron Palmer, Men’s Golf
De’Mornay Pierson-El, Football
Esther Ramacieri, Women’s Basketball
Siera Rohde, Track & Field
Chris Schindler, Men’s Tennis
Tristen Sharp, Track & Field
Lotte Sjulin, Softball
Kiki Stokes, Softball
Alney Tobias, Cross Country
Coleman Tokar, Men’s Gymnastics
Jessica Wright, Cross Country
Briana Zabierek, Bowling

Cox Hits Two Homers and Huskers Win 12-3

husker baseballLincoln – Behind a pair of home runs from Christian Cox and a career-high four hits from Austin Christensen, the No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (26-11, 5-4 Big Ten) notched a series win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-19, 3-9 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon with a 12-3 in the rubber-match of the series. The Huskers took the final two games of the series by a combined score of 19-7 after being shutout, 3-0, in the series opener.

Cox became the first Husker to hit two home runs in a game since Cody Asche blasted a pair of homer against Baylor on April 30, 2011. Both homers were two-run shots to right field and came directly after Christensen started the inning with a single. Cox is now tied with Tanner Lubach for the team lead with three home runs.

Christensen finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. The junior first baseman’s previous high for hits in a game was two.

The Huskers pounded out a season-high 17 hits on the day, including a season-high five doubles. Blake Headley hit his 13th and 14th doubles of the season, while Ben Miller, Jake Schleppenbach and Tanner Lubach each added a double. Along with Cox’s two homers, NU also notched a season-high seven extra-base hits. Six different Huskers recorded a multi-hit game, while three Huskers delivered multi-RBI performances.

The Huskers jumped on Minnesota starter Tim Shannon in the first, as Ryan Boldt started the game with an infield single and then stole second base. NU then had runners on the corners when Schleppenbach beat out a bunt, and Headley came through with a RBI double. Miller and Lubach each followed with RBI groundouts to put the Huskers ahead 3-0.

Christensen started the second with a single and Cox followed with his first home run of the day, putting the Huskers ahead 5-0.

NU starter Derek Burkamper didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings, but then struggled in the fourth when he gave up three runs on three hits. With the tying runs on base and two outs, Jeff Chesnut got the final out of the third. The junior right-handed reliever earned the win on the day to improve to 5-0 on the season.

The Husker offense responded in the bottom of the frame and got all three runs back. Christensen started the inning with a single and Cox came calling again with a homer into the visitor’s bullpen behind the right-field wall. Boldt then earned a free pass when he was HBP and scored on Schleppenbach’s double.

Nebraska’s bullpen held the Gophers scoreless the rest of the game, while NU’s offense tacked on a run in the fifth and three runs in the eighth to coast to a 12-3 win. The Huskers pounded out five hits in the eighth.

The Huskers are back in action on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha for a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Creighton Bluejays. The game will be carried on CBS Sports Network. The Huskers will be home on Wednesday night against the Omaha Mavericks, before welcoming the Ohio State Buckeyes to Lincoln next weekend for a three-game series.

Huskers Capture Fifth NCAA Title

UNLSt. Louis, Mo.- The Nebraska women’s bowling team captured its fifth NCAA title in school history Saturday night, as the NTCA top-ranked Huskers defeated Stephen F. Austin 4-2 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis in front of a nationally televised audience.

The Huskers have won five NCAA titles since bowling became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 2003, as tonight’s victory was its first since 2013. NU also won it all in 2009, while winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005. In the first 12 years of NCAA sponsorship, the Huskers have finished first or second seven times.

Husker freshman Julia Bond of Aurora, Ill., won Most Valuable Player in the NCAA National Championship match, as senior Liz Kuhlkin also made the all-tournament team.

Bond, in her first season with the Huskers was speechless after the match, mentioning that all of the hard work the team has put in really showed when the match got tough.

“This is literally the definition of hard work pays off, that match was so tough, and when we got behind there for a bit, we just continued to believe and work hard,” Bond said. “To win the national championship is really important to us, again, it just shows our hard work pays off.”

A third-team all-American selection, Bond was at a loss of words trying to describe what it felt to be champions.

“Being a freshman and doing something like this—it is just unbelievable. It is honestly all because of the girls that were standing behind me every shot,” she said. “It just feels great. To win MVP really means a lot, it kind of sets the tone for my college career—it just feels really good right now to be champions.”

Nebraska Head Coach Bill Straub was not surprised by Bond’s performance, according to Straub she has been really at the top of her game for about the last month or so.

“The last two weeks before we came here, we really worked on hitting spares in practice while really working on our fundamentals,” Straub said. “Bond was at the top of the list, she does not very often hit a bad shot, every time she is up you know the shot is in the hunt,”

According to Straub, he believes that the Huskers preparation throughout the season helped guide them to their 10th overall championship.

“They talk about it with football pretty regularly, the people that are the best conditioned or best the best prepared last the longest doing their best, and that is what we did tonight,” Straub said. “My hat goes off to Stephen F. Austin, they are a tremendous team, but I just think the endurance of being so prepared for a long struggle that required emotion management and fundamental preparation and then the delivery of those fundamentals, those are the reasons that got the ‘W for us.”

Straub added that its great the Huskers won their fifth NCAA title, but as he mentioned, do not forget about the other five championships Nebraska has won before the NCAA began sponsoring bowling.

“For the school this is our 10th title overall, and fifth NCAA title since the sport become sponsored by the NCAA in 2003. 10 is sure a nice number, I am certainly not discounting the five NCAA titles, 10 just sure does make a nice round number.”

In game one, the Huskers opened up the national championship match in exciting fashion against the Jacks, as NU used clutch strikes by freshman Julia Bond and senior Andrea Ruiz to narrowly beat SFA 237-232.

Nebraska opened up the second game with a strike from sophomore Gazmine Mason, before leaving some pins out on the alley through the first five frames of the game, as the Huskers trailed the Ladyjacks by 49 after five frames.

Mason again would try and spark NU, as the Rhode Island native rolled a strike in the sixth frame to give NU a spark. After two consecutive spares by Melanie Crawford and Ruiz, and a strike by Bond, senior Liz Kuhlkin finished the second game with a spare. Despite the strong finish, Stephen F. Austin threw seven- consecutive strikes to defeat the Huskers 253-178

The Huskers quickly got game two out of their minds, as the lady Huskers opened up game three on fire with three strikes and two spares, giving NU a 13 pin lead after five frames. Mason continued her dominating ways in the sixth frame, throwing her fourth-straight strike to build on the Husker lead.

Junior Melanie Crawford threw a clutch spare in the seventh frame, after only knocking six pins down in her first attempt. Ruiz threw her fourth strike of the night in the eighth frame, giving NU some cushion before their 4-5 bowlers. Bond threw a strike and Kuhlkin was able to close the game out with a spare, as the Huskers crushed the Ladyjacks 201-171.

NU continued their dominating play in game four, as the Huskers opened the game with two strikes and a spare to grab the early lead. After two spares from Bond and Kuhlkin, NU took an 11 pin lead to the media timeout, entering the sixth frame. Despite the early lead, the Huskers were unable to hold on to the lead, as SFA edged out NU 188-179 to even the match up 2-2.

Entering into game five, the Huskers and Ladyjacks began a best-of-three series for the NCAA Title. NU started off game five with an open frame, leaving two pins up giving Stephen F. Austin an early lead. The Huskers continued to battle, as NU only trailed by 10 pins entering the sixth frame.

Mason again through an impressive strike to open up the sixth frame of game five, as the Huskers continued to try and battle back against the Ladyjacks. Ruiz again threw a clutch strike in the eighth frame, giving the Huskers the lead back. NU was able to close out SFA after clutch shots from both Bond and Kuhlkin, as the Huskers took game five 205-201.

Game six brought the best out of both Nebraska and Stephen F. Austin, as the Huskers tried to close out SFA to win the title. After a clutch strike from Crawford the Huskers trailed the Ladyjacks by four entering the sixth frame and media timeout.

After an open frame in the seventh frame, Ruiz hit a huge strike to give the Huskers the chance to control their own destiny. Both Bond and Kuhlkin were able to close the match out, as Kuhlkin threw the final spare to give Nebraska the match win 4-2.