The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 25, 1994, Page 8, Image 8

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    -Sports Briefs -
Three wins elude Husker softball team
From Staff Reports_
The Nebraska softball team
dropped three offour games to Iowa
State this weekend in Ames, Iowa,
to fall to 19-29 overall and 1-11 in
the Big Eight.
In Saturday’sdoublchcader, Ne
braska lost the first game 8-2, but
came back in the second game to
claim its first victory in conference
play with a 3-2 win.
Tobin Echo-Hawk went 3-for-4
in the game, while Melanie
Raimondi earned the victory.
Nebraska stranded 10 runners
during its 5-1 loss in Sunday’s first
Iowa Stale finished the weekend
with a 5-1 win over the Huskers in
Sunday’s second game, as the Cy
clones improved their record to 14
Nebraska pi ays host to Creigh ton
tonight in a doublcheadcr begin
ning at 6 p.m.
NU track teams earn runner-up honors
From Staff Reports
Nebraska finished second to Ten
nessee in both the men’s and
women’s competitions of the
Gatorade Classic Friday and Satur
day at the University of Tennessee.
The Nebraska women, ranked
first in Track & Field News dual
meet rankings, were edged out by
the third-ranked Volunteers, 160
The Huskcr men beat Illinois
118-101 for second place, as Ten
nessee captured the men’s title with
a score of 168 1/2.
Sophomore Paulette Mitchell
broke her own school shot put record
with a tossof54 feet, 11 1/4 inches,
while Nicola Martial broke the
Gatorade Classic record in the triple
jump by leaping 42 feet, 10 1/4
Kris Ellcnbackcralso took first
place for the Huskers with her time
of 17:23.43 in the 5,000-meter run.
Nebraska also won the women’s
1,600-mctcr relay.
Balazs Tolgyesi won the 1,500
metcr run, and Steve Gordon took
the triple jump crown to help boost
the Husker men to their second
place finish.
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Baseball team’s winning streak
snapped in big way by Jayhawks
By Jeff Griesch
Senior Editor
The Nebraska baseball team was
flying high coming into this weekend’s
series with Kansas, but the Jayhawks
brought the Cornhuskers back down
to earth with a three-game sweep at
Buck Bcltzcr Field.
The Jayhawks,
0-13 and 14-9 in
he Big Eight,
limbed back ahead
f Nebraska in the
onfercncc race by
roy Brohawn the
irst home loss of
is career Sunday.
Kansas cleanup
hitter Brent
Wilhelm got to Brohawn early with a
two-run homer to left field with two
outs in the first inning.
The Jayhawks got to Brohawn for
two more runs during the next inning
before the left-hander was relieved by
Mike Bellows.
Brohawn, 3-2, said Sunday just
wasn’t his day.
“That was probably the worst out
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Brohawn said. “I didn’t feel like I had
anything on the ball. The only thing
that was working was my changc-up,
and you can’t throw 100 change-ups.
“I just felt lazy, and it seemed like
everything was moving in slow mo
Bellows tried to hold the Jayhawks
at bay so the Huskers could mount a
rally, but the Huskers’ top reliever
struggled with his control and al
lowed two more runs.
Nebraska coach John Sanders,
whose team fell to 26-17 overall and
10-8 in the Big Eight, said the Husk
ers’ failure to get hits with runners on
base killed Nebraska’s chances at a
“We d idn ’ t ge t very many opportu
nistic hits today,” Sanders said. “Kan
sas was much more opportunistic to
day than they had been, and they got
the hits they needed.”
The Huskers had chances in both
the eighth and ninth innings but
stranded runners at second and third
in both innings.
For the game, the Huskers left 14
runners on base, including 11 in scor
ing position. Nebraska was a com
bined 2-for-18 hitting with runners in
scoring position.
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floor exercise title last season.
Harrison shared the same feeling
as Grace.
“I didn’t have a whole lot left for
the individual championships,”
Harrison said.
Gymnasts like Harrison and Grace
have something extra that separates
them from the pack, Allen said.
“Dennis is one of those guys that
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“I have been a coach for a long
time.” Allen said. “I have had teams
go out and fall all over the place. This
team went out and did it. And they
deserve credit for it.”
The meet was the fourth consecu
tive time Nebraska scored more than
287 points. No other team posted a
score of 287 once this season.
“Th is is the biggest.” Harrison said.
“Wc had some chances,” Sanders
said. “Wejust didn’t execute. But you
have to give their pitcher credit. He
pitched well and threw strikes.”
The Jayhawks started the Huskers’
skid on Friday with a 9-8 win in 13
innings. Nebraska lost after tying the
score twice with home runs by Darin
Erstad in the bottom of the ninth and
Matt McKay in the bottom ofthc 11th.
On Saturday, the Huskers fell to
the Jayhawks 9-7.
Nebraska catcher DavidCrain said
the Huskers may have suffered from
an emotional hangover on Sunday.
“1 think Friday’s game took a lot
out of us,” Crain said. ‘.‘We played
with a lot of energy and emotion, but
today everything seemed really slow,
and we were making plays really
Sanders wasn’t too concerned with
the three losses, he said, but the Husk
ers need to get back on track quickly.
“It is kind of a shock because wc
made a great run and then all of a
sudden—bingo, bango, bongo—we
lose three games,” Sanders said. “But
that’s baseball. The good thing is that
we still have opportunities in front of
us and a lot of home games in the Big
could have the flu, he could be dying,
and he would go out and perform,”
Alloq^said. “He has something other
people don’t have. Grace has got it,
“You don’t know how they do it.
Maybe it's something in their genes
— something in their will.”
Nebraska’s other All-American
finishers included Burkett Powell,
second in the parallel bars; Che Bow
ers, fourth in the pommel horse; Rick
Kicffcr, fifth in the rings; and Grace,
sixth in the high bar.
“We wanted this more than anything
Allen, who has coached Nebraska
to eight national titles in the last 15
years, said this team might be as good
as any team he had coached.
“This team has got a lot of power,”
he said. “They work hard and it pays
off. We hit on 97 percent of our rou
tines. and that’s amazing.
“It was a perfect day for Nebraska
gymnastics. It’s another one of those
days that goes down in history.”