Preview of Nebraska baseball games against the UN and New Mexico State | Baseball


The World-Herald’s Evan Bland has compiled everything you need to know about Nebraska’s baseball games against the UNO and New Mexico State.

UNO, New Mexico State vs. Nebraska

Tal Anderson Field (Sunday)

Haymarket Park (Monday-Wednesday)

Radio: Huskers Radio Network

Video stream: BTN+ (Tuesday and Wednesday)

3 p.m. Sunday at the UN: RHP Koty Frank (1-0, 0.60 ERA) vs RHP Charlie Bell (2-1, 2.81)

1 p.m. Monday against UNO: RHP Shay Schanaman (1-2, 3.77) vs. RHP Mark Timmins (0-1, 7.11)

6:35 p.m. Tuesday vs. NMSU: TBD against TBD

1:35 p.m. Wednesday vs. NMSU: TBD versus TBD

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Scouting Nebraska (4-8): The Huskers followed their most successful weekend of the season – 3-1 in Arlington, Texas – with one of their most frustrating losses as three on-court errors led directly to a 6-4 loss in midweek at Kansas State. But while NU’s defense and starting pitch were hot and cold early on, the lineup stumbled out of the gate. Scoring (4.2 ppg, 249th nationally), slugging percentage (.359, 202nd) and on-base percentage (.317, 255th) all lagged, while speed and The small-ball game that NU thrived on last year has been consistently unreliable. “I think we’re underperforming, honestly, offensively, for what we’re capable of,” NU coach Will Bolt said. “We faced some good shots. We haven’t had a lot of very good offensive days. … I think we’re probably better than what we showed. I think you’ll continue to see us improve – and we have to because four points a game won’t be enough. … Frank will make his second straight start to start a “weekend,” followed by Schanaman, who just finished a three-hit shutout. With the single game schedule, NU will see where their throwing is at before the two games against New Mexico State.

UN Scouting (4-9): Mistakes on the field cost the Mavericks time and time again in the first few weeks, resulting in 17 unearned runs and overturning several games. Pitching and offense were good enough to be otherwise competitive – see UNO’s upset against No. 21 UCLA on Feb. 23 and how it hung with Southern California throughout of a weekend streak despite being swept. The team also experienced a hostile atmosphere on the road at No. 10 Arkansas and beat Creighton 5-3 in its final game last Tuesday. … Sophomore third baseman and Hastings native Mike Boeve got off to a flying start, hitting .429 with one home run, seven RBIs and four steals, a team high. Grant Goldston (.327) and Eddie Satisky (.302) are others hovering above .300. … Both Bell and Timmins are former junior college pitchers. The Maverick pitcher ranks 161st nationally in the ERA (5.50).

New Mexico State Scouting (8-3): How are the Aggies? The record is impressive, but the strength of the schedule — 274th of 301 Division I teams on Saturday — is not with series wins over Illinois-Chicago, Oakland and Prairie View A&M. Predictably, their stats are solid, with scoring offense (8.4 ppg, 40th) and collective ERA (3.13, 35th) leading the way. Offensive numbers are traditionally inflated for NMSU inside its ballpark, which sits at an elevation of 3,900 feet. The team is yet to leave home and are hitting .562 (sixth) with three hitters in the national top 100 in that category in Logan Gallina (five home runs), Gunner Antillon (nine doubles, .489 average) and Nolan Funke (four home runs, .393 average). Seven regulars entered Saturday averaging .333 or better. … The Aggies were 20-34 last season. Former coach Brian Green guided them to a 40-22 final and NCAA region in 2018 and a 38-17 mark in 2019 before taking the job at Washington State.

Canoe chatter: Two former Huskers guide the Aggies in coach Mike Kirby and assistant Michael Pritchard, both in their third season at Las Cruces. Kirby coached at Nebraska under Darin Erstad from 2015-19, taking over from Bolt at Lincoln after Bolt went to Texas A&M. Pritchard was a graduate assistant at NU in 2018 and 2019 and a standout outfielder for the Huskers from 2011 to 2014. … NMSU has a pair of Lincoln graduates on its roster in junior pitcher Brandon Doty (Lincoln Southwest) and two-way outfielder Austin Schneider (Lincoln East). Neither has seen significant action this spring. … Nebraska is 61-28 in regular-season midweek games in the Big Ten era. It’s only the third season since 2004 that the Huskers won’t play Northern Colorado, which made up nearly 20% of NU’s non-conference games as a member of the Big Ten. NU feasted on UNC in this era, winning 13 of 16 encounters.

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