Lee homers, Terps oust top-seeded Nebraska 8-5 in Big Ten

Nebraska got a strong combined pitching effort from Derek Burkamper and Matt Waldron, but Iowa left-hander Ryan Erickson dealt one knockout blow after another for 7.2 innings to shut out the Huskers 2-0 in Friday's second round of the Big Ten tournament.

"It was a really well-played game", said Iowa coach Rick Heller. "We had some guys step up big". Left fielder Chris Whelan blasted the only home run of the day out of the park in left, aided by a healthy wind over Alvarado's head.

While Hoeg was the one who finished the job, Cropley was the one who got it started.

The Huskers will turn around and play fourth-seeded Maryland in an elimination game tonight at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT. The game time is still to be determined. "Our bullpen stabilized things for us; it was a great game and a great way to start the tournament". "I don't know how many hits they had, but it felt like they had a lot". Purdue tied the game in the fifth, with two runs helped on by three Maryland errors. Nate Fisher would relieve Frazier and would work a clean second and third before Maryland plated four in the fourth to chase him. After Will Watson struck out, Smith took a 1-1 pitch down the left field line to clear the bases and give the Terps a 5-2 lead.

The Terrapins quickly fought back, putting up three spots in the third and fourth innings against Iowa starter Nick Gallagher.

Tyler Blohm allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings before Jared Price (1-0) took over. Senior Mason McCoy followed with a single to put runners on the corners before junior Jake Adams drove home the second run with an RBI single up the middle.

Nebraska struggled to find the clutch hit when it was needed - every hit was a single and seven came with two outs. Sophomore John Murphy tossed three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first career victory at Maryland. "I'd rather have the ball in my hands than anyone else's hands. It's a little luck sometimes getting out of them, but we got out of it".

Alex Krupa ripped an RBI single in the 13th inning and in topped MI 5-4 on Thursday, eliminating the second-seeded Wolverines from the Big Ten Tournament.

  • Julie Sanders