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Minneapolis, Minn. – The Nebraska baseball team (12-8, 3-1 Big Ten) suffered its first conference loss of the season and had its six-game winning streak snapped when Minnesota hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning at Siebert Field on Friday evening. The game went in to extra innings tied 2-2, but the Golden Gophers won by a 5-2 final score.

Senior righty Matt Waldron, making his fourth start of the season, went 8.0 innings and allowed only two runs, while recording seven strikeouts and only walked one Gopher. During his outing, Waldron reached 199 career strikeouts, which puts him in ninth place alone, passing Zach Kroenke’s 196 K’s. Jamie Rodrigue ranks eighth on NU’s career strikeouts chart with 200 K’s.

In the top of the opening frame, Mojo Hagge smashed a leadoff home run, the fourth of his career. Two batters later, Luke Roskam ripped his 100th career hit, but was left on base. Minnesota managed a one-out double, but left two runners on in a scoreless bottom of the first.

Colby Gomes hit an infield single in the top of the second and made it to second base, but was left stranded as NU retained its 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, the Gophers went down in order.

All three Husker hitters in the top of the third were retired with two groundouts and a strikeout. Minnesota scored one run in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 1-1. The Gophers managed two hits during the inning, but left one runner on base.

Roskam drew a leadoff walk before Joe Acker singled, but a strikeout and double play ended a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Minnesota went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fifth with two flyouts and a groundout. Minnesota took its first lead of the game at 2-1 with one run in the bottom of the fifth. Each of the first two Gophers managed hits with a leadoff double and RBI single. A popped up bunt, pickoff at first base and strikeout ended the inning.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the sixth with two groundouts and a strikeout. Minnesota got a runner to third base in the bottom of the sixth, but he was left stranded. The Gophers managed two hits during the frame.

In the top of the seventh, NU scored one run to tie the score at 2-2. Acker hit a leadoff single and stole second. Cam Chick drove him in with a single of his own after back-to-back strikeouts. The Gophers went down in order in the bottom of the seventh as Waldron recorded two strikeouts.

The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth with two strikeouts. Minnesota managed a one-out single, but left him stranded as the other three Gopher hitters each flied out to center field.

The Gopher pitcher struck out the side in the top of the ninth. Palkert came on in relief and retired all three Gopher batters in the bottom of the ninth to send the game in to extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Chick ripped a double before Alex Henwood singled. But like the ninth, Minnesota’s reliever struck out the other three Husker batters to keep NU from scoring, as NU’s runners remained stranded at second and third.

In the bottom of the 10th, Minnesota put two runners on with one out after a leadoff single and intentional walk bookended a sacrifice bunt. Eli Wilson hit the walk-off home run to left field to drive in both runners and complete a 4-for-5 performance.

The Huskers and Gophers continue their series on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT).





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A proven winner as both a coach and player at the collegiate and professional levels, Fred Hoiberg has been named the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Nebraska. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos will officially introduce Hoiberg as Huskers’ new head coach at a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Lincoln.

Hoiberg, who was born in Lincoln, is the 28th coach in the history of Nebraska men’s basketball. He joins a fraternity of Husker head coaches that includes his grandfather, Jerry Bush, who guided the Husker program for nine seasons from 1955 to 1963.

“First, I want to thank Bill Moos, Chancellor Green and President Bounds for the opportunity to lead the Nebraska men’s basketball program,” Hoiberg said. “I can’t express how excited I am to be back on the sidelines and to be coaching at a university that means a lot to my family and me.

“Lincoln is a special place for our family. I was born in Lincoln, my grandfather Jerry Bush was the head coach at Nebraska, my other grandfather was a long-time professor there, and my parents are proud graduates of the University of Nebraska. Nebraska has always felt like a second home.

“I had the opportunity to coach at Pinnacle Bank Arena with the Bulls, and I have seen first-hand that the facilities are as nice as any in the country. When you couple that with a loyal and passionate fan base, you can see there is great potential for the future of Nebraska basketball.”

Moos said the diverse and accomplished resume Hoiberg brings to Nebraska provides the Huskers a great opportunity to reach new heights in the Big Ten Conference.

“We are excited to welcome Fred, his wife Carol, and their family to Nebraska. He will be an outstanding representative of the University, and a great leader for our men’s basketball program,” Moos said.

“When you look at him, you see an individual who has had success as a player and a coach,” Moos said. “Fred’s background will sell itself on the recruiting trail, and help us bring in the type of student-athletes needed to compete at the highest level. His style of play not only will be appealing to prospective recruits, but will also provide our great fans an entertaining brand of basketball.”

Hoiberg has five years of experience as a college head coach, guiding his alma mater, Iowa State, to four NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance, in five seasons from 2011 to 2015. The Cyclones also won two Big 12 Tournament titles. He served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls for parts of four seasons from 2015 to 2018. He also worked in the front office of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves from 2006 to 2010.

“Bill Moos has made an exceptional choice to lead Husker basketball into the future,” University Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “I look forward to welcoming Coach Hoiberg and his family to Nebraska and am excited to see where he takes the program.”

Before his success as a head coach, Hoiberg made his name as a player at the collegiate and NBA levels. Hoiberg was a four-year starter for the Cyclones and was a third-team All-American as a senior. He was a two-time All-Big Eight pick and a two-time Academic All-America selection. He is a member of the ISU Hall of Fame and had his jersey retired following his playing career.

A second-round draft pick in 1995, Hoiberg played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. Hoiberg led the NBA in 3-point percentage in his final year in the league.

The University of Nebraska and Hoiberg have agreed to a 7-year, $25 million deal.





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Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (12-7) extended its winning streak to six consecutive games with a 6-3 win over intrastate rival Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday night.

Freshman left-hander and Omaha native Kyle Perry, making his third start of the season, went 3.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits, while recording four strikeouts. Nebraska saw relief appearances from Shay Schanaman (1.1 innings), Bo Blessie (1.0), Max Schreiber (1.0), Mike Waldron (1.0) and Robbie Palkert (1.0). Schanaman made his longest outing of the season, while Blessie made his college debut.

In the top of the first, the Huskers went down in order with three flyouts. Creighton scratched out one run in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. The first two Bluejay batters doubled, but two runners were left on base when the inning ended.

NU scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Gunner Hellstrom ripped a leadoff double before Angelo Altavilla did the same to drive him in. Altavilla advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored when Cam Chick reached on an error. A double play ended the inning. Creighton managed one baserunner via hit-by-pitch but left him stranded in a scoreless bottom of the second.

Nebraska added three runs in the top of the third to build a 5-1 advantage. Joe Acker hit a leadoff single before Aaron Palensky doubled. A groundout brought in Acker before Hellstrom laced an RBI single. Altavilla and Keegan Watson each singled, bringing Hellstrom in to score. In the bottom of the third, Creighton went down 1-2-3.

NU managed three hits in the top of the fourth, but couldn’t bring in any runs. Two baserunners were caught stealing. The Bluejays managed a one-out triple, but the runner was left stranded in a scoreless frame.

In the top of the fifth, Nebraska drew three consecutive walks with two outs to load the bases, but left the runners stranded. Schanaman struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth.

NU went down in order in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, Creighton managed two baserunners but left them both stranded.

Nebraska scored one run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. Mojo Hagge singled in the leadoff spot and advanced to second on an error. Altavilla walked and Watson was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Gomes hit a sacrifice fly that scored Hagge before a fielder’s choice ended the inning. Two Bluejays walked in the bottom of the seventh, but Creighton couldn’t plate any runs.

NU went down in order in the top of the eighth. Creighton scratched one run in the bottom of the eighth to cut its deficit to 6-2. Each of the first two batters managed hits, including a double, before a double play lineup and strikeout ended the frame.

In the top of the ninth, NU drew two walks but couldn’t add to its lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Creighton scored one run on two hits, while Nebraska committed one error.

The Huskers return to action this weekend when the visit Minneapolis, Minn., to continue conference play against Minnesota. The games are set for Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).





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Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos announced today that the University of Nebraska will search for a new head coach for its men’s basketball program. The decision to end Head Coach Tim Miles’ employment came after consulting with University leaders, and Moos has begun the process to find the next head coach of the men’s basketball program.

Moos will be available for a news conference at 4 p.m. today in the West Memorial Stadium Sixth Floor (Don Bryant Press Box).

“Tim Miles is a good basketball coach who has put his heart, soul and energy into the Nebraska men’s basketball program over the past seven years,” Moos said. “Ultimately, we have not maintained a level of consistent success and stability on the court, and after a full review I have made the decision to move in another direction for the leadership of our program.”

Miles guided the Huskers to a 19-17 record in 2018-19, capped by a loss at TCU on Sunday in the National Invitation Tournament. Miles finished his Nebraska career with a 116-114 record in his seven seasons at the helm. He coached the Huskers to one NCAA Tournament appearance (2014) and two trips to the NIT (2018, 2019). Miles helped Nebraska to a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Big Ten Conference, but the Huskers finished 10th or lower in the league standings five times.

Moos said he will focus his search on finding a head coach who will put the Huskers in the best position to be competitive in the Big Ten Conference and nationally. Moos hopes Nebraska is able to move quickly in its search for a new head coach, but his primary focus is finding the right fit.

“I am confident there will be strong interest from the coaching community about the opportunity to lead our men’s basketball program,” Moos said. “We are fully committed to providing the necessary resources to position our basketball program for success on the conference and national level. I expect to find a head coach who will elevate Nebraska basketball to new heights.”

Statement from Coach Tim Miles:

“Thank you to the University of Nebraska for a remarkable journey. It was a great honor to represent this University the past seven years. I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish during my tenure, most notably developing relationships with so many fantastic people associated with the Huskers.

“A special thank you and deep gratitude to our players and parents who have been with us and supported us over the years. Thanks to our coaches, legends, alumni and to all of the support staff who interact with our program on a daily basis and made the experience one I will always cherish.

“To the fans, students and supporters who make Pinnacle Bank Arena such an incredible venue, much respect and thank you as well.

“My family will always be cheering for the Huskers and look forward to seeing #Nebrasketball make history in the near future. GBR!”

Tim Miles





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Scottsbluff High School is pleased to announce that Leslie Foral will be our new Head Volleyball Coach.

 

Prior to spending this past season coaching our freshman volleyball team, assisting with basketball, and girls tennis, Coach Foral most recently was an assistant volleyball coach at Greenville High School in South Carolina, and she also served as an assistant college basketball coach at Morningside College in Iowa. Leslie also has spent 2 years coaching a club volleyball program in South Carolina.
 
Leslie was a 3 sport athlete at Chadron High School where she participated in volleyball, basketball, and track. After high school, Coach Foral attended Morningside College on a basketball scholarship and later played volleyball as a middle hitter at Morningside.
 
We are excited to have Leslie Foral on our coaching staff at Scottsbluff. Leslie has a fantastic work ethic, builds relationships very well, and is passionate about coaching. Coach Foral's knowledge of volleyball along with her experiences as a player and as a coach will make her a perfect fit as our next coach. Leslie will set high expectations for our volleyball team and I am looking forward to our players meeting those expectations.

 

Foral replaces Alexia Lanka who stepped down after 3 seasons for the Bearcats. She becomes the 5th head coach in the last 9 seasons for Scottsbluff as they search for their first winning season in volleyball since 2010 under Shana Dick.

 

 

Trevor Bentley had a chance to chat with Coach Foral about become the new head coach you can hear it here.

https://soundcloud.com/user-642134745/leslie-foral-intro-interview-3-26-19



 





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Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Jaylen Reyes has been selected to be an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team for the upcoming Japan Tour.

The squad, featuring 12 players who are still in college, will tour May 19-30 in Japan where it will have a series of training sessions and matches. The tour is unique in that the U.S. will play against Nippon Sport Science University, one of the best collegiate volleyball teams in Japan, as well as Japan’s Women’s 20 and World University Games teams.

BYU women's volleyball head coach Heather Olmstead will serve as head coach. Reyes played at BYU and was an assistant coach for the men's team there from 2016-18 before joining the Huskers in 2018.

In his first year on the Nebraska staff as an assistant coach, Reyes made a huge impact in helping the Huskers to a fourth-straight final four and an NCAA runner-up finish with a team that included eight newcomers. Reyes coordinated Nebraska's blocking and defense and led the Huskers to their best opponent hitting percentage since 2005 (.144). That mark led the Big Ten, and Nebraska held 13 opponents to their season-low hitting percentage. In conference play only, the Huskers averaged 2.89 blocks per set, the most in the Big Ten.

Under Reyes' guidance, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins hit .421 during the season, the third-highest mark in school history, and she was an AVCA first-team All-American. Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had 177 total blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke was also an AVCA first-team All-American, bringing Reyes' total of All-Americans coached to seven in four years as an NCAA Division I assistant.





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The Nebraska men’s basketball team saw its season end Sunday night in an 88-72 loss to TCU in the second round of the NIT Tournament at Schollmaier Arena.

James Palmer Jr. scored 19 points in his final game – all in the second half – to finish his senior season with 708 points, the most points in a single season in Nebraska history. Fellow senior Tanner Borchardt posted his second career double-double, finishing with a career-high 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, the second-highest total of his career. Senior Johnny Trueblood also set a career high with eight points, while Glynn Watson Jr. concluded his outstanding career with a stat-filling performance of 17 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and six assists without a turnover. Sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson chipped in eight points, one off his career high.

Nebraska finished the season with a 19-17 record. TCU (22-13) advanced to Tuesday’s NIT quarterfinal, when the Horned Frogs will host Creighton. TCU had five players in double figures, led by Desmond Bane’s game-high 30 points. The Horned Frogs shot 51 percent from the field – including 59.3 percent in the second half – and knocked down 10 3-pointers while going 20-of-25 at the free throw line. Nebraska committed only seven turnovers and out-rebounded TCU, but the Huskers shot just 43 percent from the floor, 32 percent from the 3-point line and 53 percent from the charity stripe.

Nebraska trailed by eight at the half, but the Huskers were in the game thanks to some unexpected scoring contributions. Borchardt (eight points), Thorbjarnarson (seven) and Trueblood (five) combined for 20 of Nebraska’s 32 first-half points.

TCU led by six early before the Huskers used an 8-0 run to take a 14-12 lead eight minutes into the game. Watson scored six of his eight first-half points during the run. TCU was able to regain the lead despite going more than five minutes without a field goal, but a Thorbjarnarson 3-pointer put Nebraska back on top, 18-17 midway through the half.

With the game tied at 19-19, TCU scored eight straight points during a larger 12-2 run to build a 10-point lead at the five-minute mark. Three straight points from Borchardt pulled Nebraska to within seven, and the Huskers cut the lead down to five, but TCU scored five points in the final 39 seconds of the half to take a 40-32 lead into the locker room.

After being held scoreless and missing all 10 of his first-half shots, Palmer hit three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half. But TCU answered two of Palmer’s shots as the Horned Frogs extended their lead to 10. The lead was back down to eight before a flagrant foul led to a five-point possession that allowed TCU to take a 13-point lead at the 12-minute mark.

Nebraska, which trailed by at least five the entire second half, was back within eight with 10 minutes to play, but the Huskers could get no closer. The lead held steady between and eight and 13 points for most of the half, until TCU scored 10 of the final 14 points to pull away for the 16-point win.

Nebraska Post-Game Notes

  • Nebraska (19-17) made seven 3-pointers in the game to finish with a school-record 268 3-pointers on the season. The Huskers broke the previous record of 267 set during the 2001-02 season.
  • James Palmer Jr. finished with 19 points to finish the year with 708 points, a Nebraska single-season record. Palmer broke the previous record of 704 points by Dave Hoppen in 1984-85. Palmer and Hoppen are the only Huskers to score 700 points in a season.
  • Palmer finished his senior year with Nebraska season records for points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269). Palmer also finished with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game).
  • Glynn Watson Jr. had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Watson’s nine rebounds tied his career high. He also had nine rebounds against Western Illinois and Minnesota in 2017.
  • With his six assists, Watson tied Jack Moore for seventh place on Nebraska’s all-time assist list with 382. Watson finished his career first all-time in school history in games played (134), second in starts (113), tied for fourth in steals (177), tied for seventh in assists (382) and fourth in 3-pointers (184).
  • Tanner Borchardt finished with his second career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. His 16 points were a career high, topping his previous best of 12 at Illinois on Feb. 2. Borchardt posted his second career game with at least 10 rebounds and his ninth game with at least seven rebounds.
  • Johnny Trueblood also set a career high with eight points in the game. He topped his previous best of six points in the NIT opener against Butler.
  • Thorir Thorbjarnarson scored eight points, the second-highest scoring game of his career and one shy of his career high of nine points against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 6, 2018, while playing a career-high 35 minutes.





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Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (11-7, 3-0 Big Ten) completed a weekend sweep of Michigan State after its 6-2 win over the Spartans at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Nebraska extends its winning streak to five consecutive games and remains a perfect 5-0 at home this season. The three-game sweep of Michigan State is the first time Nebraska has swept a conference opponent since accomplishing the feat against Rutgers, May 5-7, 2017.

Senior right-hander Reece Eddins, making his third start of the season, went 5.0 innings and allowed only one hit and zero runs. He recorded four strikeouts and only one walk. Mike Waldron threw 2.0 perfect innings of relief before Ben Klenke (1.0), Paul Tillotson (0.2) and Shay Schanaman (0.1) came out of the bullpen. Schanaman earned his first career save.

Offensively, the Huskers did their damage in the fourth and fifth innings after the two teams played a scoreless first three frames. In the fourth inning, Colby Gomes smacked a leadoff double and then advanced to third on a flyout in foul territory. Cam Chick hit an RBI single to drive in Gomes. After a flyout, Jaxon Hallmark drew a walk to put two runners on. Joe Acker blistered a triple to drive in both runners.

In the fifth inning, Gomes reached on an error in the leadoff spot and then advanced to second on a groundout. Chick singled to put two runners on before Altavilla drew a walk to load the bases. Jaxon Hallmark hit an RBI single before Acker laced an RBI single of his own. After Carter Cross reached on a fielder’s choice, NU tacked on another run via wild pitch.

The Spartans scored both of their runs in the eighth inning when pinch hitter Casey Mayes hit a two-run home run.

During Friday’s doubleheader, Nebraska defeated MSU by scores of 4-1 and 5-2.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday night when they face intrastate rival Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (CT).





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Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (10-7, 2-0 Big Ten) completed a doubleheader sweep over Michigan State with a 5-2 win in Game 2 at Hawks Field on Friday evening.

As was the case in Game 1, the Huskers saw a strong outing from their starting pitcher, as senior lefty Nate Fisher went 7.1 innings and allowed only one run on five hits, while recording three strikeouts and no walks.

In Fisher’s last outing, he didn’t allow a hit in 8.0 innings at No. 21 Baylor on March 9. On Friday, the Spartans didn’t score until the eighth inning.

Nebraska pounced early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After each of the first two hitters flew out, Gunner Hellstrom reached on an error before Keegan Watson drew a walk. Jaxon Hallmark hit an infield single to load the bases. Colby Gomes smacked a two-RBI single to give the Huskers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Gomes added an RBI in the fifth, when he doubled to drive in Hallmark with two outs. NU tacked on two runs in the sixth inning. NU had runners on second and third with one out before Aaron Palensky’s single up the middle brought both of them in.

Michigan State scored two runs in the top of the eighth and threatened to cut into NU’s lead when the Spartans loaded the bases in the top of the ninth. However, Gomes took to the mound and earned his team-best fourth save of 2019 when he threw the final 1.0 inning. In addition to Fisher and Gomes, Robbie Palkert made a pitching appearance, throwing 0.2 inning of relief.

During the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, Nebraska won a 4-1 decision over Michigan State behind a complete game from senior Matt Waldron.

The series finale between Nebraska and Michigan State is scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CT).





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This weekend’s baseball series between Nebraska and Michigan State at Hawks Field will be adjusted due to forecasted weather. The series will begin with a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 3:05 p.m. (CT). The intent is to play the third game of the series on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.





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