Nebraska sweeps Texas baseball after lackluster weekend

Nick Castillo

Texas ended a lackluster weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska, with a 6–2 loss to Nebraska on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Cornhuskers completed a three-game sweep of the Longhorns (17–11, 5–1 Big 12).

Texas fell behind early Sunday as Nebraska opened up a 2–0 lead in the first inning. Cornhuskers sophomore infielder Jake Schleppenbach started Nebraska’s offensive threat in the first before senior infielder Blake Headley scored Schleppenbach on an RBI double. Headley came around to score on a single by senior outfielder Austin Darby. 

The Longhorns were able to get two quick outs in the third inning, but the Cornhuskers rallied to add two runs. Senior catcher Tanner Lubach hit a single up the middle, followed by a single by Darby. Lubach then scored on a double by freshman outfielder Elijah Dilday, and Darby scored on a single by freshman infielder Scott Schreiber. 

Texas starting pitcher junior Chad Hollingsworth’s day was over in the third after giving up six runs on 10 hits. Junior Travis Duke relieved Hollingsworth and gave up a single, which extended Nebraska’s lead to 6–0.

Both offenses were quiet until the ninth inning, but, with the Longhorns down six runs, Texas tried to rally. Junior left fielder Ben Johnson hit a leadoff double down the left field line before senior right fielder Collin Shaw hit a two-run to cut into Nebraska’s lead.

Sophomore catcher Tres Barrera followed Shaw’s homer with a single, but the Cornhuskers soon ended the Longhorns’ rally.

Despite the two-run home run in the ninth, Texas’ offense showed little production Sunday, something the team had struggled with throughout the series. The Longhorns tallied five hits on Sunday, with three coming in the ninth. Texas was held to a combined seven hits and one run in Friday’s and Saturday’s games.

The Longhorns have continued to struggle on the road as the three-game sweep lowers Texas’ road record to 5–8.

Texas will look to rebound against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.