Lincoln – With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Nebraska baseball team (25-11, 4-4 Big Ten) plated four runs with two outs to take a 7-3 lead over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-18, 3-8 Big Ten). Josh Roeder took the mound in the ninth with the Huskers ahead 7-4 and picked up his 11th save of the season with perfect frame of relief.
After Minnesota reliever Brian Glowicki retired NU’s first two batters in the seventh, Austin Darby started a two-out rally with a single and Austin Christensen then untied the game with a RBI double into the right-field corner. Glowicki then issued back-to-back walks to load the bases and Ryan Boldt broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple.
The Gophers got a run back in the eighth to cut NU’s lead to three runs, but Roeder made quick work of the top of UM’s lineup with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout for his 29th career save. Roeder is now two saves away from tying Brett Jensen’s career save mark.
Freshman Jake Meyers, who earned the win to improve to 2-1 on the year, kept the Huskers in the game after starter Kyle Kubat gave up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits in 4.2 innings. Meyers came in with two outs in the top of the fifth and runners on first and second. The freshman lefty struck out Toby Hanson to end the frame and then went on to retire all seven Gophers he faced, while notching three strikeouts.
Dan Motel started the game with a double for the second straight night and later scored to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. After being shutout on Friday, the Huskers answered in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs on three hits, including a double by Blake Headley.
Minnesota retook the lead in the top of the fourth, and the inning started with an error by Jake Placzek. The error resulted in an unearned run and the Gophers tacked on another to take a 3-2 lead.
Tanner Lubach evened the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth when he a one-out solo homer run into the left-field berm, his third home run of the season.
The Huskers and Gophers meet for the rubber match of the series tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.