MSU snuffed out by Nebraska on Friday night

LINCOLN, Neb. — Michigan State baseball was snuffed out by Nebraska under the Friday night lights at Hawks Field in Haymarket Park by a final score of 6-3 in Game 2 of the Big Ten Conference three-game series .

Down 3-1 after three innings, the Spartans came back and tied it at 3-3 in the sixth, but a three-run homer from Nebraska late in the eighth inning gave the home side Huskers the lead, the night of the series at one game apiece following MSU’s 4-1 win in Thursday night’s series opener.

“I’m very proud of our guys, I think we really competed tonight,” the MSU head coach said. Jake Boss Jr. mentioned. “It came down to the eighth, and there’s no one I’d rather have the ball in my hand for than Kyle Bischoff. Credit their guy, he had a good stick and put the ball in the wind. It’s a tough loss for our guys. I know they’re hurting right now, but we’ll be back tomorrow and ready to play.”

Junior outfielder Jack Frank and second infielder Thirty Farquhar slammed solo home runs, while the junior outfielder Casey Maye hit a triple RBI. Farquhar with another second-year player Mitch Jebb and senior graduate Peter Ahn were all 1 for 3, with Ahn scoring a run in the sixth, coming back from second on Mayes’ triple in the sixth. Mayes and Frank both finished 1 for 4. Jebb and Farquhar each added a walk.

On the mound, junior starter Harrison Cook went 3.0 IP, scattering six hits, giving up three runs with two walks and one strikeout, inducing a double play and earning four eliminations. Junior reliever Andrew Carson went 2.0 IP with three Ks, but had to leave with a warm-up injury sustained in the top of the sixth.

Junior Wyatt Rush took over, going 2.1 IP, with two hits, two runs and two walks, but got a big double play to finish seventh on a sophomore foul Brock Vradenburg in foul territory at first base and went back to Rush covering first to double the runner and end the inning. senior graduate Kyle Bischoff came with two ones and ones out in the eighth, giving up a hit and a run with a K.

MSU struck first on a solo shot from Frank in the top of the second for the early 1-0 advantage.

As quickly as the Spartans took the lead, the Huskers equalized on a solo home run to start the second, before the home side added two more late in the third on a two-run single for a 3 -1. carry out.

Farquhar cut the lead in half with an at bat on the tee shot to right field on the solo home run.

Ahn started the sixth with a right-hand single, and three batters later Mayes hit a triple to right-center for his Big Ten-leading seventh line of the season, driving Ahn and tying the score at 3-all.

Thanks to MSU’s defense, including some nice back-to-back flashing leather plays from Jebb at short in the sixth, and Vrandenburg’s double play in the seventh, the Spartans held the Huskers at bay until the eighth, when a doubled to one out by Colby Gomes was followed by a walk. MSU brought in Bischoff to take on Brice Matthews, and the Husker won the battle of the big guns with a home run that soared through Lincoln’s blustery night air and landed on the center field wall.

The Spartans tried to rally in the ninth as Frank reached an out on a field error, but the rally ended and so did the game.

Michigan State and Nebraska wrap up weekend series and regular season action with Saturday’s final at 1:05 p.m. in MSU’s final game, as Friday’s loss knocked the Spartans out of the B1G tournament. Saturday’s match will be broadcast on B1G+.

The weekend schedule is subject to change depending on the weather.

Along with any other schedule updates, fans can find the ‘Watch Live’, ‘Listen Live’ and ‘Live Stats’ links when available on MSUSpartans.com to follow the action ahead.

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