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The Nebraska Athletic Department on Wednesday announced that the three-game series against New Mexico State has been canceled due to field conditions. The series was originally scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hawks Field. The athletic department will issue refunds to the ticket holder on record for all tickets purchased through the Ticket Office to the New Mexico State games.

 





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Senior left-handed pitcher Nate Fisher earned Big Ten Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades on Monday after his performance against No. 21 Baylor on Saturday. Fisher, making his fourth start of the season, threw a career-high 8.0 no-hit innings against the Bears. He recorded six strikeouts and only one walk to help NU knock off Baylor, 2-0. Fisher was perfect through 5.1 innings before allowing his lone walk of the game. Baylor didn’t record its first hit of the game until two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning after Fisher was taken out. It marked Nebraska’s first combined one-hit game since March 6, 2013 when six pitchers contributed to the one-hit effort against Northern Colorado. During Saturday’s outing, Fisher surpassed 100.0 career innings pitched at Nebraska. He shares this week’s award with Indiana’s Pauly Milto.





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The McCook Community College baseball teams has postponed its mid-week games this week. MCC was to host Garden City Tuesday at 3 p.m. but because of field conditions and the weather forecast, that game has been postponed. Also MCC’s scheduled doubleheader against Northeast Community College in Norfolk scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed. The weather does look better for MCC’s three-game series against Southeast Community College in Beatrice Saturday and Sunday. You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball





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Wichita State, Kan. - The Nebraska softball team (10-9) led through six and a half innings, but Wichita State (17-5) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 7-5 victory in game two of Sunday's doubleheader. With the win, the Shockers completed the weekend sweep.

The Huskers out-hit the Shockers 7-5. Tristen Edwards led NU going 2-for-3 with one run, two RBIs and a home run. Lindsey Walljasper also had a home run for Nebraska. Rylie Unzicker, Alyiva Simmons, Samantha Owen and Lexey Kneib also had hits.

Regan Mergele started in the circle for the Huskers, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up three runs - two unearned - on three hits. She also had one strikeout. Lindsey Walljasper dropped to 4-4 on the season. She pitched 2.0 innings of relief and gave up four runs. She also had one strikeout.

Hailey Martinez improved to 2-0 for Wichita State, pitching 2.2 innings. She gave up one run on three hits. Erin McDonald got her third save of the season. She started the game, but left when WSU was behind. She came back in for the seventh inning, pitching a total of 3.0 innings and giving up three runs on four hits. She also had two strikeouts.

For the third straight game, Nebraska scored in the first inning. Simmons hit a one-out triple and Owen singled to score her.

In the second, Kneib hit a two-out triple to put a runner in scoring position, but she was stranded there WSU got a strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, the Shockers tied it up. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases and another walk scored one run.

Nebraska took back the lead in the third, scoring two runs. Simmons drew a leadoff walk and Edwards sent the first pitch of her at bat deep over the center field fence to put the Huskers up 3-1.

In the fourth, Cassidy drew a leadoff walk. Anni Raley pinch ran for her and reached second on a sac bunt by Payton Huscroft. She reached third on a wild pitch and Kneib drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Rylie Unzicker's successful squeeze bunt scored Raley to put the Huskers up 4-1. In the bottom of the inning, WSU scored two unearned runs to cut the lead to 4-3. A leadoff single put a runner on base. She reached second on an error. A walk put another runner on base. A fielder's choice loaded the bases, but an error on the play allowed all the runners to move up a base. The Shockers cut the lead to 4-2. A sacrifice fly scored another run for the Shockers.

Walljasper hit a solo homer in the sixth to extend the lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the inning, WSU loaded the bases with one out after a single and two walks. Walljasper got a big strikeout but a grand slam gave the Shockers a 7-5 lead.

Nebraska couldn't make up the difference in the seventh.

Nebraska concludes non-conference play next weekend when the Huskers travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rock Chalk Challenge on March 16-17. The Huskers will play Tulsa and host-school Kansas, twice for a total of four games.





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Waco, Texas – The Nebraska baseball team (6-7) led No. 21 Baylor 3-2 after three innings, but the Bears scored eight unanswered runs en route to a 10-3 win at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers won each of the first two games of the series before falling in Sunday’s finale.

Sophomore left-hander Connor Curry, making his first start since 2017, threw 3.0 innings and allowed two runs before leaving the game. Nebraska saw relief outings from Reece Eddins (1.1 innings), Shay Schanaman (0.2), Paul Tillotson (1.2) and Mike Waldron (1.1).

Mojo Hagge was the lone baserunner in a scoreless top of the first. He drew a two-out walk before a groundout ended the frame. The Bears went down in order in the bottom of the first.

Cam Chick drew a two-out walk in the top of the second, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice to the following hitter. In the bottom of the second, the first two Baylor batters produced outs before the Bears scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Josh Bissonette, Mack Mueller and Andy Thomas notched three hits in a row to put BU on the scoreboard.

In the top of the third, the Huskers responded with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Each of the first six hitters reached, as Jaxon Hallmark laced a leadoff single before four consecutive walks. Luke Roskam notched his 98th career hit with an RBI single. Baylor managed a leadoff double in the bottom of the third, but left the runner stranded in a scoreless inning for the Bears.

Colby Gomes reached on a leadoff walk to start the fourth, but was caught stealing. Spencer Schwellenbach hit a single, but was left on base in a scoreless frame. Baylor tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth off two hits and left one runner on base.

Aaron Palensky hit a one-out single in the fifth before Roskam was hit-by-pitch. The two baserunners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. The next two batters struck out to leave them stranded. Baylor retook the lead at 8-3 with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Each of the first six Bears batters reached base with five hits and one hit-by-pitch.

Nebraska couldn’t plate a run in the top of the sixth. Gomes was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot before back-to-back fielder’s choice plays. Schwellenbach reached second on a wild pitch, but a groundout ended the frame. Baylor tallied two base hits in the bottom of the sixth, but didn’t extend its lead.

All three Husker batters struck out in the top of the seventh. Baylor scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend its lead to 10-3. The Bears managed four hits during the inning.

Chick drew a one-out walk in the top of the eighth, but was left stranded in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. Baylor tallied a hit in a scoreless bottom of the eighth before the Huskers went down in order in the top of the ninth.

The Huskers return to action for their first home series of the season when New Mexico State visits Hawks Field for a three-game set beginning on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT). Game 2 is set for Saturday at 2:05 p.m., before Sunday’s finale at 12:05 p.m.





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Lincoln - It was a memorable Senior Day for the Nebraska men's basketball team on Sunday, as the Huskers erased a 16-point second-half deficit and scored 16 points in the final 47 seconds of regulation to force overtime in an eventual 93-91 victory over Iowa in front of 15,821 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Seniors James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. combined for 15 points in the final minute of regulation, helping Nebraska erase a nine-point deficit. NU trailed 74-65 with 50 seconds remaining, but Palmer and Watson hit four 3-pointers over the next 38 seconds, with a Watson three bringing Nebraska to within 80-79 with 23 seconds left. After Iowa connected on 1-of-2 free throws, Palmer tied the game with a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining, and Nebraska withstood an Iowa 3-point attempt in the closing seconds.

Already missing starter Thomas Allen Jr., who sat out the game with an injury, Nebraska played the entire overtime period without two more starters – Isaiah Roby and Tanner Borchardt – who both fouled out as the Huskers made their comeback. But even without three starters, the Huskers operated efficiently on the offensive end, going 5-of-6 from the field in overtime. Nebraska grabbed its first lead since midway through the first half when Thorir Thorbjarnarson hit a layup 32 seconds into overtime. Iowa responded by scoring five of the next seven points to take a one-point lead. The Hawkeyes led by two following a Joe Wieskamp 3-pointer with 2:26 to play, but Nebraska would hold Iowa two just two points the rest of the way.

Palmer and Watson scored the next four points to give Nebraska a two-point advantage and after Iowa tied the game, it was freshman Amir Harris, who delivered the game-winner with a layup with 10 seconds remaining. Thorbjarnarson then blocked Ryan Bohannon’s potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

Nebraska ended the regular season with a 16-15 record after posting the largest comeback since rallying from a 19-point deficit against Iowa on Feb. 23, 2013. The Huskers finished with a 6-14 mark in conference play. Nebraska is the No. 13 seed for the Big Ten Tournament and will face 12th-seeded Rutgers on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Central). 

Palmer led Nebraska with a game-high 27 points, while Watson added 23 points in the final home game for the senior duo. Isaiah Roby gave Nebraska three players with 20 points for the first time since 2007, as he scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Luka Garza led Iowa with a career-high-tying 25 points and Jordan Bohannon added 20. The Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 21-10 record and a 10-10 mark in Big Ten play.





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LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College baseball team dropped a pair of games Sunday at Lamar to finish the weekend series 1-3.

On Sunday it was all Lamar winning the first game 6-2 and taking the series finale 8-1. On Saturday the Indians won the first game 4-1 on a masterful pitching performance from freshman Isaac Vargas, (Greeley, Colo.), but in the second game Lamar came up with an 8-0 win.

MCC was held to 11 hits and three runs in the three losses.

Lamar goes to 8-9 on the year and 6-3 in Empire League play.

The Indians are 5-8 on the season and 3-5 in Empire League play.

Six games are on tap this week for MCC including a home-opener postponed several times this season by weather. Garden City is scheduled to play at the Jaycees Sports Complex for a 3 p.m. game Tuesday. MCC travels to Norfolk Wednesday for a doubleheader against Northeast Community College. This weekend MCC travels to new Empire League foe Southeast Community College for a single nine-inning game Saturday at Beatrice and a Sunday doubleheader.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball

SUNDAY - GAME 1: Lamar CC 6, McCook CC 2: The Lopes scored a pair of runs in the second inning which held up until the sixth when they posed four runs to take a 6-0 lead.

MCC scored its only runs in the bottom of the sixth on a walk, a wild pitch, two Lamar errors and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.)

Freshman Braydon Babcock (Oshawa, Ontario) took the loss for MCC pitching 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and striking out seven. Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) pitched the final 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit.

Pacheco had a pair of hits for the Indians the other two hits came from JR Maldonado (Las Vegas) and Julio Seperich (Las Vegas).

SUNDAY - GAME 2: Lamar CC 8, McCook CC 1: Lamar CC jumped out with three runs in the first inning and the Indians scored their only run of the game on a pair of first-inning Lamar errors and a fielder’s choice.

Lamar held the 3-1 lead until the sixth when the Lopes put up two runs and followed with three in the top of the seventh.

MCC was held to three hits in the game – singles from Justin Lucas (Las Vegas), Kaden Wroot, (North Platte), and Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.).

Freshman Tyler Clark-Chiaparelli (Austin, Texas) started on the mound and went six innings allowing seven hits, three walks and five earned runs. Spencer Ray pitched one inning, gave up three runs on a hit and two walks.

SATURDAY - GAME 1: McCook CC 4, Lamar CC 1: The Indians scored all the runs they would need with a three-run second inning to back lefty starter Isaac Vargas on the mound who scattered three hits over six innings and struck out 12 hitters. With one out and one on, in the Lamar third, Vargas struck out every hitter he faced through the one out in the sixth –nine straight hitters. He walked two and allowed one earned run to pick up the win.

“Justin had his stuff, it was fun to watch, defensively we were good and came through with some big two-out hits, everything we needed to do to win,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

The Indians got on the scoreboard in the second with a leadoff walk by Kade Wroot, a walk by Beau Hawley and an RBI-single from Angel Mojica (Denver). With two outs, MCC got back-to-back RBI singles from freshman Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, and Justin Lucas for a 3-0 lead.

A two-out Lamar error in the MCC third put Wroot on first. He stole second base and made it 4-0 on Hawley’s RBI single.

The Lopes got to Vargas in the sixth inning on a single and an RBI double, but sophomore Shaun Hickey, (Summerville, New Brunswick) came out of the bullpen and picked up the save with a scoreless inning of relief. He walked one and struck out one.

SATURDAY - GAME 2: Lamar CC 8, McCook CC 0: The Lopes got a two-out double followed by a two-out single to take a 3-0 lead in the first and added three more in the third inning on three hits, two walks and a hit batter.

MCC opened the fourth with a single by Trevor Pacheco and a double by JR Maldonado, but they were left stranded at second and third.

MCC’s other hits in the game came from Justin Lucas on a first-inning single and a sixth-inning single by Maldonado.

“Game 2 was complete opposite for us,” Olsen said. “We didn’t get anything going offensively, only had one inning when we even threatened to score.”

Four McCook pitchers saw action including starter Jesse Bloom, (Centennial, Colo.), Anthony Kingsbury, (Gatineau, Quebec), Caleb Keck, (Rittman, Ohio) and Kade Wroot. Bloom and Kingsbury both went 2.1 innings, Keck 1.1 and Wroot pitched the final inning. Combined they gave up seven hits, 10 walks and eight earned runs. They did strikeout 12 Lopes.





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LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indian softball team pounded out 35 hits on the day, won the first game 11-3, led the second game 8-0 in the second inning, but let another game slip away as Lamar Community College came back to win the second game 10-9.

Friday’s split comes after the teams split a Thursday doubleheader.

“Consistency is the key,” MCC Coach Josh Barnes said. “We let up our focus in game two and you can’t do that against good teams.”

Four MCC players had back-to-back multi-hit games Friday. Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) went five-for-seven on the afternoon. Sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) went four-for-eight with six RBIs. Freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) went two-for-three in both games and sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) had a four-for-nine day.

Of the 35 MCC hits, only four went for extra bases and those all came in the first game.

Lamar goes to 9-11 overall and 4-4 in Region IX play.

MCC goes to 7-11 and 3-5 in the Region IX standings.

The Indians are scheduled for two home games this week with the annual Purple-Out day doubleheader Thursday at North Platte set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Indians are also scheduled to host Southeast Community College Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

GAME 1: McCOOK CC 11, Lamar 3: MCC opened the day with a five-run first inning, opened up a 7-0 lead in the second and a 10-1 lead with a four-run fourth.

Third-place hitter Chanel Siebenthal seemed to be a part of every rally, igniting the offense in the first with an RBI-double. Abby Kalinski (McCook) delivered a two-out, two-run triple in the first to help the Lady Indians to an early 5-0 lead.

In the second inning, Siebenthal’s RBI-single gave MCC a 6-0 lead and her third hit of the game, a single in the fourth inning, came in the middle of a three-run rally. Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Velley, Utah) had an RBI double and Emma McLean (Willetton, Western Australia) had an RBI-single in the fourth frame.

Freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) started for the Lady Indians and picked up the win tossing 2.1 innings. She allowed five hits and two earned runs. She was relieved by freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) who went one inning, allowing two hits and one earned run. Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) pitched the final 2.2 innings allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and one strikeout.

The Indians piled up 17 hits in the game led by Siebenthal with three. MCC also got multi-hit games from Emily Charchuk, Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.), McLean, Isabel Serna (Roy Utah), Kalinski, and Brooklyn Jensen.

GAME 2: LAMAR CC 10, McCOOK CC 9: The Lady Indians again came out swinging with a two-run first and stretched the lead to 8-0 with a six-run second frame.

Isabel Serna delivered a two-out, first inning RBI-single and a two-out second inning single to help the MCC cause, and stretch the lead to 6-0. Two more runs scored on a two-out Lamar error.

The Lopes responded with a two-run second and a seven-run third to lead 9-8.

Shae Muggridge, (Perth, Western Australia) started in the circle and went 2.2 innings, giving up five earned runs and 11 hits. Sophomore Kayla Harrison, (Richmond, British Columbia) pitched 1.2 innings and was tagged with the loss surrendering one earned run and five hits. Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) pitched the final 1.2 innings of scoreless relief giving up two hits and striking out two.

MCC came back to tie the game 9-9 in the fourth inning. With two outs, freshman Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) singled home Serna, who had singled.

Lamar scored the eventual game winner in the bottom of the fifth inning with three straight one-out singles.

Seven Lady Indians posted two-hit games including, Chanel Siebenthal, Serna, Emily Charchuk, Jerusha Miner, McArthur, Brooklyn Jensen and Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.).





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SCOTTSBLUFF – The McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team had the chance to win the game with four seconds left on a buzzer-beater, but the shot missed and Eastern Wyoming won 86-85, to advance to the semi-finals of the Region IX, Division I Tournament.

“I thought that we fought the whole game,” said Brandon Pritchett, MCC coach. “Eastern Wyoming made some plays down the stretch and we didn't get stops in the last two minutes of the game.”

The two teams had played on even terms all year with the first matchup in November going to overtime before the Lancers won. They also picked up a two-point win in McCook in December. On Thursday it was more of the same as the teams finished the first 10 minutes tied at 17-17.

Eastern Wyoming went on an 8-0 run in the second period to take a 31-21 lead, but MCC battled back to reclaim the lead 48-44 at the half. The lead changed 16 times in the game with the score tied nine times.

Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) led MCC in scoring with 20 points along with nine rebounds. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) added 16 points and 19 rebounds.

Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 14 points and sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Parachute, Colo.) scored 12 points.

The Lady Indians shot 43.8 percent for the game, made 11 of 37 shots from beyond the 3-point line (29.7 percent), and just 45.4 percent from the free-throw line on 22 attempts.

MCC out-rebounded the Lancers 51-36.

Eastern Wyoming shot 45.2 percent from the field, made seven of 19 shots from distance (36.8 percent), and connected on 13 of 16 free throws (81.3 percent). Abril Rexach led Eastern Wyoming with 23 points. Paula Martinez-Sanz added 19 points.

“We did a lot of really good things but it came down to making free throws in the second half,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Indians made just four of 13 free throws in the second half (30.8 percent).

“You never want to end your season on a loss but they have nothing to hang their heads about,” Pritchett said. “These girls had a great season and we are proud of them and what they accomplished.”

In addition to finishing with a 20-win season, the Lady Indians went 6-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference to win the school’s ninth conference championship and sixth since 2006.

Eastern Wyoming improves to 24-8 and will take on the winner of Thursday’s final game of the night between Western Nebraska and Sheridan.

Semi-final games are set for 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) Friday in Scottsbluff with the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT.)




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Lincoln – University of Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced Thursday afternoon that sophomore Nana Akenten has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Akenten has appeared in 28 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

The Huskers return to action on Sunday when they host Iowa on Senior Day at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. (CT) on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.




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