The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 03, 1995, Page 7, Image 7

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Huskers beat Mizzou twice over weekend
By Jeff Griesch__
Senior Reporter
Darin Erstad and Todd Sears combined for
10 hits, nine RBI and six runs scored as the
Nebraska baseball team pummeled Missouri
17-2 at Buck Beltzer Stadium Sunday.
The Comhuskers won the two of three games
against the Tigers this weekend and improved
to 16-11 overall and 5-5 in the Big Eight.
Nebraska defeated the Ti
gers 12-2 Friday night and
lost 9-8 in 11 innings Satur
The Tigers fell to 7-21
overall and 2-8 in the confer
ence after Sunday’s loss.
Erstad went 6 for 6 with
his 1 Oth home run of the sea
son, two doubles, five RBI
and four runs scored to lead
oanaers the Huskers 22-hit attack.
Sears was 4 for 5 and hit for the cycle with a
single, double, triple and his fifth homer. The
freshman first baseman from Ankeny, Iowa,
finished the weekend series against the Tigers 8
for 11 with seven RBI.
“It was a spectacular performance from both
of them,” Nebraska coach John Sanders said.
“They are both spectacular players, and they
showed what they could do today.”
. The Huskers jumped out to a quick lead with
four runs in the first inning off Missouri starter
Jerry Vansell. Jed Dalton led off with a double
and moved to third on Darin Petersen’s bunt
Erstad drove in Dalton with a sharp single to
right field. Erstad was forced out at second on
Mel Motley’s pop-up that was dropped by Ti
gers’ second baseman Jeff Terrell.
I Sears tripled to drive in Petersen and Motley
and scored on Alvie Shepherd’s sacrifice fly to
give the Huskers a 4-0 lead.
That would be all the run support starter
Cody Winget would need. Winget, 2-1, allowed
just one unearned run while scattering seven
hits in seven innings.
Winget, Nebraska’s No. 1 starter, was diag
nosed with mononucleosis 2 1/2 weeks ago and
has not pitched since a 3-2 loss at Oklahoma on
March 8.
“It was great to have Cody back,” Sanders
said. “The strength of our pitching staff is our
depth, and getting a good performance from
Cody helps.”
Although Winget only needed the four first
Jeff Hailer/DN
Nebraska’s David Gappa slides safely into home past Missouri pitcher Donnie Charles during the bottom of the third against
Missouri at Buck Beltzer Field Sunday.
inning runs, the Huskers gave him more.
Nebraska scored in every inning except the
eighth, when the Huskers left the bases loaded.
Chris Bauer pitched the eighth inning and
gave up a solo homer to Aaron Jaworowski.
Shepherd came on to pitch a perfect ninth in
ning to close the win.
For Shepherd, the ninth inning of Sunday’s
win allowed redemption for blowing an 8-2 lead
in the ninth of a 9-8 loss'to the Tigers Saturday .
Shepherd, Nebraska’s ace reliever and a
projected top-10 pick in this summer’s profes
sional draft, allowed six runs on four hits in a
one-third of an inning.
The Huskers lost the game in the 11 th inning,
and Sanders said Shepherd was very upset after
the game.
“He felt so bad after the game that he apolo
gized to the ball club,” Sanders said. “Today,
getting back in there and ending the game with
a strikeout was the best thing that could have
Despite offense’s slow start scoring,
Huskers move ball well, coach says
By Derek Samson
Senior Reporter
Scott Frost proved he could pass
the ball, Tommie Frazier proved he
could run it and the Nebraska of
fensive units proved that reaching
the end zone in the first scrimmage
of spring ball was difficult.
Despite many scoring threats
inside the 2(>yard line, the
Comhusker offense did not score
until nearly halfof Saturday’s three
hour scrimmage at Memorial Sta
dium was over.
Coach Tom Osborne said the
lack of punch in the red zone was
typical of the first spring scrim
mage. '
“We don’t have a lot of goal-line
offense or defense in,” Osborne
said. “You get down near the goal
line and you’re a little handicapped
in what you have to call or run on
defense. I think overall for a first
scrimmage it was satisfactory, even
though there was some sloppiness.”
The majority of any offensive
spark came from Frost and Frazier.
Frost, a transfer from Stanford
who will sit out next fall, led all
passers by completing 8 of 11 passes
for 127 yards and scoring once on a
5-yard run.
Frazier connected on 5 of 8
passes for 69 yards and finished as
the third-leading rusher in the scrim
Jeff Makovicka 10-yd. run (Brian Morro PAT failed)
Scott Frost 5-yd. run (Jesse Kosch PAT good)
Joel Makovicka 1-yd. run (no kick)
Billy Legate 1-yd. run (no kick)
Rushing No. Not Passing Comp.-Att Yds.
Brian Knuckles 8 57 Tommie Frazier 5-8 69
Joel Makovicka 7 52 Matt Turman 7-12 63
Tommie Frazier 1 28 Brook Berringer 4-8 51
Jeff Makovicka 5 27 Scott Frost 8-11 127
Receiving No. Yds. No. Yds.
Vershan Jackson 3 50 Sean Wieting 2 48
Lance Brown3 25 Andy Miller2 22
mage with 28 yards on only one
rushing attempt.
The lack of offensive power is
probably related to Nebraska’s in
juries at I-back, Osborne said.
The Huskers were without
Lawrence Phillips, Damon
Benning, James Sims and Clinton
Childs, who was runningat the full
back position. Brian Knuckles, who
led all rushers with 57 yards, left
the scrimmage early with a sprained
“That position was very thin to
day,” Osborne said. “We have
mostly fullbacks playing I-back, so
we were obviously short-handed.”
The offense was held out of the
end zone throughout most of the
first half of the 120-play scrim
mage, but finally hit pay dirt when
Jeff Makovicka scored the first of
Nebraska s four touchdowns on a
10-yard run.
Nebraska’s next threat ended
when Brook Berringer was inter
cepted at the goal line by Tray
Berringer finished the day with
51 yards passing on a 4-of-8 perfor
mance but threw two interceptions.
He also rushed four times for seven
The good sign was that
Nebraska’s offense was moving,
Osborne said. He said the sewing
would come later.
“There were some turnovers and
some things you don’t want to see,
but it’s part of an early scriipmage,”
Osborne said. “I thought the effort
was good. The offense at times
moved the ball better than 1 thought
Hot start helps team
end weekend with win
By Trevor Parks
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska women’s softball
team responded to a character test
posed to it by Coach Rhonda Revelle.
Alter losing an
emotional first
game of a double
header to Okla
homa State Sunday,
the Cornhuskers
made sure their
coach knew just
how much charac
1—-1 ■ -1 ter they had.
Revelle The 12th-ranked
Comhuskers won the second game
11-1 in front of a crowd of 385 at the
Nebraska Softball Complex to im
prove to 22-12 and 2-2 in the confer
No. 19 Oklahoma State dropped to
21-13 and 2-2 in the Big Eight.
The Cowgirls won the first game 6
4 after scoring two runs in the top of
the eighth inning.
Revelle said after her test, the Husk
ers couldn’t wait for the second game
to get started.
“I was actually glad to be the visi
tors for the game, Revelle said. “1
wanted to get up and score.”
The Husker bats remained hot in
the third inning.
Gloria Von Rentzall began the in
ning with a double and advanced to
third when Oklahoma State right
fielder Karie Langlier dropped an
Echo-Hawk fly ball.
Cowgirl pitcher Carol Lauer walked
Viola to load the bases.
With no outs, Karla Knicely beat
out a little dribbler back to the pitcher
to score Von Rentzall.
Angela Blackwood knocked in the
second run of the inning with a sacri
fice fly to right field to score Echo
After Kim Ward relieved Lauer,
Jenny Smith knocked in Viola with a
Sherry Allcorn’s groundout
knocked in Knicely to give Nebraska
a 5-0 lead.
Blackwood also helped the Husk
ers on the mound as well.
The freshman from Broken Arrow,
Okla., improved to 9-6 and allowed
only four hits. Blackwood said it was
good to win against a team from her
home state.
“This is one 6f my better games,”
Blackwood said. “I had an pff day
yesterday, and I thought of coming out
here and proving myself to everyone.”
In the fourth inning, the Huskers
scored four runs after banging out
seven singles.
Von Rentzall again led off the in
ning with a single, and Echo-Hawk