Citadel 12, Nebraska 8
For the second straight day, The Citadel took advantage of a big first inning against Nebraska, scoring four times en route to a 10-0 lead and an eventual victory over the Huskers to clinch the weekend series.
The Bulldogs inched back over the .500 mark at 6-5 with their fourth straight win and will go for the sweep on Sunday at noon. The Huskers are below the break-even mark for the first time this season at 4-5.
The Citadel improved to 3-0 all-time against Nebraska and is 4-4 against opponents from power conferences this season with one more game remaining against the Huskers and two with South Carolina.
James Reeves (2-0) blanked Nebraska on two hits through the first five innings and earned the win. He left with two outs in the sixth after the Huskers scored four runs, including a two-run homer by Tanner Lubach, but by that time The Citadel had built him a sizeable cushion.
Five Bulldog relievers finished off the win with Ross White working out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh and Nate Brecklin getting a key strikeout against the only batter he faced in the eighth. After Nebraska cut the Bulldog lead to 12-8 in the eighth, David Rivera settled things down with a scoreless ninth to secure the win.
The Citadel tallied four runs in the first Friday night on its way to a 6-3 win in the series opener and duplicated that total Saturday. With runners at first and third, Tyler Griffin lofted a fly ball to deep left that appeared ticketed for a home run. It didn't leave the park but did fall safely on the warning track to bring in Hughston Armstrong for the first run of the game.
Drew DeKerlegand followed with a base hit that turned into a triple when Husker left fielder Michael Pritchard lost his footing on the wet outfield grass that was a result of a pregame rain shower. Bo Thompson and Griffin crossed the plate, and Johnathan Stokes followed with an RBI ground out that made it 4-0 after one.
The triple was DeKerlegand's second of the season and moved him into sole possession of sixth place in school history with 12 in his career.
The Bulldogs added two more in the second on a single by Mason Davis and sacrifice fly by Thompson, his 11th RBI of the season in as many games. The Citadel took advantage of two Nebraska errors to score four times on only one hit in the fifth, a run-scoring single by Stokes, to open up a 10-0 advantage.