NU Notes: Huskers Set for Rematch with Omaha
NEBRASKA vs. OMAHA
April 11, 2023
Hawks Field at Haymarket Park | Lincoln, Neb.
Tuesday, April 11 – 6:02 p.m. CT
Pitching: LHP Caleb Clark (1-1, 15.32 ERA) vs. RHP Charlie Bell (2-2, 5.82 ERA)
TV/Streaming: Nebraska Public Media
Radio: Huskers Radio Network – Lincoln (1400 AM), Omaha (590 AM), Huskers.com, Huskers App
Nebraska takes on Omaha for the second time this season in a midweek matchup Tuesday night at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
First pitch between the Huskers and Mavericks is scheduled for 6:02 p.m. Tomorrow night's game will be broadcast live on Nebraska Public Media, with Ana Bellinghausen and Jeff Leise on the call.
Fans can listen to Greg Sharpe and Ben McLaughlin call the action on the Huskers Radio Network, which can be heard on KLIN (1400 AM) in Lincoln and KXSP (590 AM) in Omaha. Every game this season can be heard for free on Huskers.com and the Official Nebraska Huskers App for both iOS and android devices.
Nebraska vs. Omaha
• Through 75 all-time meetings, the Huskers hold a dominant 62-13 advantage over the Mavericks in the all-time series.
• Nebraska and Omaha meet for the second time this season after the Mavericks came away with a 10-6 win in the first game between the two in-state foes on March 14 in Lincoln.
• Since Omaha's transition to DI, the Huskers have won 11 of the 15 meetings against the Mavericks.
Anderson, Matthews Reach 10-HR Mark
• A little over halfway through the season, Max Anderson and Brice Matthews have reached double-digit home-run totals with 11 and 10 homers, respectively.
• With the 21 combined home runs from Anderson and Matthews, the Huskers have reached nine seasons with multiple players reaching 10-plus homers since 2000.
• NU's leader in home runs has finished with 10 in each of the last two seasons, while Scott Schreiber's 18 homers in the 2018 campaign is the last time a Husker surpassed the 10-homer mark for the whole season.
Burnham on Base
• Playing predominantly in the No. 9 spot in the lineup and most recently the No. 2 spot through 24 starts, Casey Burnham is third on the team with a .453 on-base percentage.
• Burnham's ability to get on base in different ways has been a key component to Brice Matthews' team-leading 46 RBI this season from the leadoff spot.
• The Kansas transfer is hitting .309 with six doubles, a triple, a home run, six walks and 12 hit-by-pitches, while second on the team with 24 runs scored.
NU Bullpen's Scoreless Streak Snapped
• In a span of seven games, the Nebraska bullpen tossed 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings, which was snapped in game two of last weekend's series at Michigan.
• In the scoreless stretch, the NU relievers had allowed 14 hits while recording 30 strikeouts and eight walks.
• Shay Schanaman (9.1), Jackson Brockett (5.1), Jake Bunz (4.1), Corbin Hawkins (3.2), Will Walsh (1.1) and Will Rizzo (0.1) teamed up to complete the scoreless streak for the Big Red.
Big Red Blasts
• Nebraska has been leaving the yard at an impressive rate this season with 49 long balls through 29 games, which ranks 33rd nationally heading into Tuesday night vs. Omaha.
• So far this season, 12 different players have gone deep for the Big Red. 11 of those 12 players have hit multiple homers, led by Max Anderson (11), Brice Matthews (10) and Gabe Swansen (6).
• NU has homered in 12 of its last 13 games, including 10 in a row, and has gone deep multiple times in 12 games this season.
Matthews a Constant on the Bases
• Brice Matthews has been a constant on the base paths for the Huskers recently. Matthews comes into Tuesday night having reached base safely in 32 games. The junior had a 13-game hit streak snapped last weekend at Michigan on Saturday.
• Matthews has reached base safely in all 29 games this season, which is the longest reached base streak in a single-season by a Husker since Michael Pritchard's streak of 42 games in 2013.
Numbers to Know
10 – The Huskers have homered in 10 consecutive games for the second time this season after reaching a streak of 12 games earlier this season.
2 – Dating back to the series finale vs. Illinois on March 26, the Nebraska bullpen has allowed just two runs in 34 innings, which included a 24.1 scoreless inning streak in the eight-game stretch.
13 – The NU defense sits 13th nationally and leads the Big Ten with a fielding percentage of .981.
3 – Nebraska is ranked in the top 25 of three offensive categories, including 16th in slugging percentage (.533), 23rd in batting average (.312) and 25th in home runs per game (1.69).
4 – The Huskers are a perfect 18-0 this year when allowing four runs or less, including eight times holding an opponent to no more than one run.
Olson, Anderson Earn Big Ten Weekly Awards
Emmett Olson was honored with Big Ten Pitcher of the Week recognition, while Max Anderson was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Olson worked a career-high 7.2 innings, allowing just one earned run on a pair of hits in the 3-1 series-opening win at Michigan. The Des Plaines, Ill., native carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning and struck out eight Wolverines, recording his third start with at least eight strikeouts this season.
Anderson helped the Huskers to a 3-1 record last week, hitting .389 at the plate with a .944 slugging percentage and .400 on-base percentage. The junior totaled three home runs, a double, seven RBI and four runs scored, while compiling three multi-hit games and a pair of three-RBI performances.
Nebraska begins a five-game homestand with a midweek matchup against Omaha on Tuesday, April 11 at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. Tomorrow night's game will be broadcast live on Nebraska Public Media, with first pitch scheduled for 6:02 p.m.
Huskers Make Season Debut in Outdoor Rankings
Both the Nebraska men's and women's track and field teams made their season debuts in the USTFCCCA Outdoor Top 25 Rankings on Monday.
The Husker men are positioned at No. 6 in the national rankings, while the women came in at No. 15. Both are the highest-ranked Big Ten programs.
For the Husker men, their outdoor ranking is their first since 2017 and their highest national ranking since being ranked No. 5 in 2009. The Husker women finished 14th at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, but this is their best in-season ranking since 2011.
The Huskers have nine athletes ranked in the top 10 early in the outdoor season. Maddie Harris is the NCAA leader in the women's javelin after her school-record performance over the weekend at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz. Darius Luff (110-meter hurdles) and Till Steinforth (decathlon) both rank second nationally in their events.
Derrick Walker Invited to Portsmouth Invitational
Nebraska senior forward Derrick Walker has been invited to participate in this week's Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.).
The four-day event features 64 of the top seniors in the country, giving them an opportunity to perform in scouts from NBA teams and from overseas. Walker becomes the fifth Husker since 2016 to participate in this invitational-only event, joining Alonzo Verge Jr. (2022), James Palmer Jr. (2019), Tai Webster (2017) and Shavon Shields (2016).
Competition begins Wednesday night and live streaming for all of the action is available for a fee on the tournament website (portsmouthinvitational.com). Each team will play three games with the championship taking place on Saturday.
This week's P.I.T. continues a busy postseason for Walker, who played in the NABC Senior All-Star game during Final Four weekend.
Walker, a 6-foot-9 forward, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2022-23, leading Nebraska in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg), assists (3.9 apg), blocked shots (0.7 bpg) and field goal percentage (.584) in helping the Huskers to a 16-16 record. He became the first Husker to lead NU in scoring, rebounding and assists in a season, while he was one of two power conference players (also Penn State's Jalen Pickett) to top his team in all three categories in 2022-23. He totaled three double-doubles as a senior and five 20-point games, including a career-high 23 points against Maryland and 22 in a win at Creighton.
Walker finished his three-year Husker career averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 75 games, all starts, while his career .620 field goal percentage ranked second on the Huskers' career list. He finished his collegiate career with 885 points and 569 rebounds, including his two-year tenure at Tennessee (2017-19).
Spence Chosen to Represent Canada at G7 Summit
Nebraska gymnast Emma Spence is one of 10 current and former international gymnasts invited to the upcoming G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan. Spence will represent her home country of Canada and meet with Japan's Prime Minister and Chairman of the G7, Kishida Fumio, later this month ahead of the G7 Summit, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Spence and the other nine gymnasts were invited to participate by International Gymnastics Federation President Morinari Watanabe. The gymnasts will visit the Peace Memorial Museum and show off their skills in a demonstration to local children during their time in Japan from April 25-30.
Coming off an impressive sophomore campaign, Spence earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors, competing in the all-around at every meet of the 2023 season. Spence added international competitive experience, earning four bronze medals with Team Canada in the fall of 2022. Spence earned three bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, finishing third on beam, all-around and in the team competition. She added a bronze team medal at the World Gymnastics Championships, securing Team Canada a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The representatives alongside Spence include:
Lorette Charpy (FRA) - 2022 European Championships Bronze medalist - Uneven Bars
Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR) - Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Gold medalist - All-Around, Floor Exercise, Vault; Bronze medalist - Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar; 2022 World Champion - Floor Exercise
Marcel Nguyen (GER) - London 2012 Silver medalist - All-Around, Parallel Bars
Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (ITA) - 2018 World Championships Bronze medalist - Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
Mai Murakmi (JAP) - Tokyo 2020 Bronze medalist - Floor Exercise
Koei Uchimura (JAP) - Rio 2016 Gold medalist – All-Around and Team, London 2012 Gold medalist – All-Around, Silver medalist - Team
Nastia Liukin (USA) - Beijing 2008 Gold medalist - All-Around; Silver medalist - Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Team; Bronze medalist - Floor Exercise
Stott Earns Podium Finish at British Nationals
Shannon Stott and Maia Hall spent the past week competing at the six-day 2023 British Swimming Championships, hosted at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England.
Stott recorded a trio of A Final qualifications and two school records throughout the six days. In the 400m freestyle, Stott earned a podium finish, claiming the bronze medal with a long-course school record time of 4:13.87. That time is six seconds faster than Stott's previous best.
In the 200m butterfly, Stott added a record-breaking performance in the final. With a 2:12.78, Stott placed seventh. She touched the wall at 2:01.35 in the 200m freestyle A Final to finish eighth. Stott wrapped up her week with a B Final swim in the 100m butterfly, clocking a 1:01.81 in the finals.
Hall placed sixth in the 100m breaststroke B Final with a time of 1:11.32. She added a 200m breaststroke bonus final win with a career-best 2:32.91. In the 50m breaststroke prelim, Hall clocked a 33.36 to place 30th. In the 200m IM, Hall finished 32nd in 2:23.76.
Huskers Fire Best Round in School History
On the heels of multiple Huskers setting new career-low scores, Nebraska fired their best round in school history in round two of the Tiger Collegiate in Columbia, Mo. on Monday afternoon.
Nebraska's team score of 274, or 14 strokes under par, beat out the previous low of 276 (-12), which had been done by the Huskers three times before. Before today, the most recent occurrence was at the Badger Invitational Sept. 13, 2016. The Huskers opened play with a 284 (-4) in the first round, and sit in sixth place through two rounds.
Gentry Scheve (Emporia, Kan.) had a career 36-hole performance for the Big Red. He carded a stellar 66 (-6), the best-round of the season for any Nebraska golfer. That is a new career-best for the junior, who sits in a tie for 8th place, which is best among Huskers. Scheve's current top finish in his career is 36th (Git-R-Done, 4/7/21), a mark he is set to shatter.
Reed Malleck (Jr., York, Neb.) also tied his career-best with a 69 (-3) in the second round. He opened with a solid 70 (-2) in his first-round and sits in 18th place.
After an eagle on his final hole, Will Marshall sits third among Huskers in 31st place. He put up two sub-par rounds of 71 (-1).
Caleb Badura bounced back from a first-round 81, carding a 68 (-4) in his second-round, which tied his career-best. He previously shot a 68 at the Git-R-Done Invite in Lincoln, Neb April 7, 2021.
Davis Johnson, making his first lineup appearance for the Huskers in his true freshman season, sits inside the top-50 after tying his career-best 71 (-1) in the second-round. He shot a 73 (+1) in his first round.
Meanwhile in Omaha, three Huskers are competing individually at the Stampede at The Creek, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha at the Indian Creek Golf Course. Play was suspended due to darkness with golfers on the 15-16 holes. Grant Jabenis currently sits in second place, five shots under-par but six strokes behind first place Connor Wilson of UNO.
Evan McDermott sits in fourth place, aided by a first-round 70 (-2). Quinn Yost is tied for 14th after a first-round 73 (+1).
Third-round action at the Tiger Collegiate kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and second-round action will resume in Omaha at 9:30 a.m. Scoring for both events can be found at Golfstat.com.
Team Leaderboard (Tiger Collegiate)
1. Illinois 269-261=530 (-46)
2. Missouri 270-275=545 (-31)
3. Marquette University 273-280=553 (-23)
4. Kansas State 281-273=554 (-22)
5. Arkansas State 276-280=556 (-20)
6. Nebraska 284-274=558 (-18)
7. Rutgers 275-288=563 (-13)
8. ULM 282-292=574 (-2)
T9. Wyoming 293-282=575 (-1)
T9. Iowa State 292-283=575 (-1)
11. Lipscomb 289-288=577 (+1)
12. Nevada 287-291=578 (+2)
13. Minnesota 293-286=579 (+3)
14. Michigan 288-292=580 (+4)
Nebraska Lineup (Tiger Collegiate)
T8 Gentry Scheve 70-66=136 (-8)
T18 Reed Malleck 70-69=139 (-5)
T31 Will Marshall 71-71=142 (-2)
T40 Davis Johnson 73-71=144 (E)
T63 Caleb Badura 81-68=149 (+3)
Nebraska Individuals (Indian Creek GC)
*through 15-16 holes in round two*
2. Grant Jabenis 71-59= 130 (-5)
4. Evan McDermott 70-58= 128 (-3)
T14. Quinn Yost 73-61= 134 (+2)