Huskers hold off Hoosiers, 4-1 #iubase

Scott Schreiber’s three-run homer off Kyle Hart in the bottom of the sixth was all Nebraska needed in a 4-1 win over Indiana in Thursday’s series opener at Haymarket Park.

It was a missed opportunity for the Hoosiers, who had a chance to jump back into first place after Ohio State slipped past first-place Minnesota. Instead, Indiana remains a half-game behind the Gophers with two games to play.

Hart gave the Hoosiers (31-20, 15-7) another quality start, but suffered his second straight loss. The senior left-hander scattered six hits over six innings, allowing only the three-run slam to Schreiber. Right fielder Logan Sowers appeared to have a read on Schreiber’s blast, but watched the ball carry just beyond his glove as he bumped into the wall.

Hart, who retired nine in a row between the first and fourth innings, struck out five and walked none.

The Hoosiers didn’t pick up their first hit until Alex Krupa’s two-out single in the top of the sixth. Brian Wilhite also singled for Indiana, which picked up its lone run on a solo shot by Craig Dedelow in the top of the ninth.

By that point, it was too late to chip away. Nebraska (35-18, 14-8) capped its scoring with an insurance run on an RBI groundout by Taylor Fish in the eighth.

Despite another strong start by Hart, who also took a no-decision after an eight-inning performance against Illinois last week, the Hoosiers struggled to solve Nebraska starter Derek Burkamper. The right-hander allowed only the singles to Krupa and Wilhite across 7 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.

Schreiber’s home run was his Big Ten-leading 16th of the season. The sophomore has been on a tear recently, and during his past three games, he’s batting 11-for-14 (.786) with five home runs, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored.

The teams meet again Friday at 7:35 p.m. Caleb Baragar gets the start for Indiana against Nebraska’s Matt Waldron, the Big Ten’s reigning pitcher of the week honoree.

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  1. Please tell us the B1G standings in each baseball article! This is the final week isn’t it?

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