The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 10, 2000, Page 11, Image 11

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    NU sweeps KU in three-game set
By Matthew Hansen
The Nebraska baseball team, still
staggered after being swept at Baylor
April Fools weekend, got all better by
getting bats and then brooms of their
own for the Kansas Jayhawks on *
Saturday and Sunday.
The Huskers’took a three-game set
from KU in impressive fashion, win
ning the series by a combined seme of
According to Nebraska Head
Coach Dave Van Horn, the KU series
was just what his team needed.
“We really limped out ofWaco last
week. Losing those close games the
way we did, everyone was disgusted.
“We responded well this weekend,
though. Kansas was a team that had
kind ofbeen mi a roll, but we did a great
job against them.”
The tone for the lopsided series was
set by Husker ace Shane Komine in the
first game of the Saturday doublehead
er. Komine tied a Husker record by
striking out 17 while giving up no
earned runs in 8 innings of a 9-3 NU tri
The sophomore hurler, who struck
out the first four Jayhawks he faced,
said he knew it was gping to be a special
day early on. Actually, he knew after six
“That fust inning, John Nelson is a
good hitter. When I got him to swing on
y^2,1 knew I was going to be pretty
Despite Komineh K-fest, the game
was knotted 3-3 after Doug Dreher’s
two-run homerun following an error in
the fifth.
The Husker bats proceeded to take
over from there, though. They wouldn’t
let up until the scoreboard stopped
flashing Sunday.
NU scored three times in the fifth
and seventh to put the opener out of
reach. For the game, Dan Johnson hit
his ninth home run and Matt Hopper
pounded three hits, including a homer,
to lead the Husker offense.
Hopper was even better in the
nightcap, a 14-2 NU rout The designat
ed hitter hit a three-run shot in the first
inning and added another in the fifth.
The rest of the Husker bats fol- *
[owed suit, pounding out 14 hits and
walking eight times in a game that |
mded in the seventh because of the 12
run rule. Husker starter Scott Fries scat
tered five hits over his six innings of J
work, giving up only two runs and earn- {
mg the win for NU. }
If the Nebraska offense was hot
Saturday, it was absolutely scalding in i
an 18-11 win Sunday. The Huskers
exploded for a season-high 22 hits and |
equaled a season-high with 18 runs in a {
The game was tied at five after one J
inning, and Nebraska held only an 8-7 i
lead going into the bottom of the sev- S
enth. The Huskers then broke the game !
open with five more runs, both in the }
seventh and eighth innings to complete !
the sweep.
Van Horn said the offensive output
of his team was impressive.
“It really surprised me today with
the way we hit die ball, because the
wind was blowing hard in.
“But we had a plan to hit line drives
and go the other way, and we went with
it the whole game.”
Solid pitching leads to Husker win
By Sean Callahan
Staff writer
It’s always a lot easier to play
relaxed when you have a 3-0 lead in
the first inning.
This weekend against Baylor, die
Nebraska softball team used two
three-run home runs, both from jun
ior Jamie Fuente, which helped jump
start the Comhuskers (29-16,6-0) in
their 8-0 and 7-3 sweep over a young
Bear team (21-24,1-5).
“It takes a lot of pressure off the
defense when you can put a three-spot
up in that first-inning,” Husker Coach
Rhonda Revelle said. “I think Jamie
is just playing really relaxed ball right
In Nebraska’s game against
Creighton on Thursday, NU lacked
offense by combining’for only orie
This weekend in the Baylor series,
the Huskers had an offensive outburst
of 16 hits to go along with solid pitch
ing performances from all three of
their huriers - Jenny Voss, Leigh Ann
Walker and Penny Cope.
On the mound, Voss (10-6) earned
the shutout victory in Saturday’s
game and also received the save in
Sunday’s contest Cope picked up the
win on Sunday to improve to 8-5.
Revelle was not extremely
pleased with the all-around perform
ance of her team in Sunday’s game
but says she will take a conference
sweep any day.
“By no means was it perfect but I
thought we hi^pg together as a team,”
Revelle said. “I won’t say it was an
ugly win, but it wasn’t a pretty win.”
With senior All-American
Jennifer Lizama out of the line-up
since March 22, Nebraska has had to
rely on the bat of Fuente, who has had
five home runs in die last 14 games.
Now with Lizama back in the
line-up, Fuente still remains at second
base. Lizama is currendy playing first
base until Revelle feels she is healthy
enough to put her back at second.
Fuente said she can’t remember a
time in her career where she has hit
this hot over such a short span.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Fuente
said. “I’m just trying to stay relaxed
and not think about anything.”
All together in the series, Fuente
was 3-for-4 with two home runs and
six RBI. Freshman Amanda
Buchholtz and Lizama also had three
hits apiece in the two games.
Nebraska will have a two-game
series at home against Missouri
before traveling to Norman for a dou
bleheader with conference leader
Husker golfers look to improve, not just win
By Matthew Hansen
Staff writer
Success isn’t being measured in
terms of wins or trophies by
Nebraska Golf Coach Larry Romjue
this season.
Instead, as the four freshmen and
, one sophomore that make up the
\ Husker squad travel to Wichita, Kan.
for the Wheatshocker Classic on
Monday and Tuesday, Romjue is
concerned only with improvement.
“As I’ve said before, this is a
transition year for us,” he said. “We
need to build back to where we were,
and we can only do that through
experience and individual improve
The Huskers got that improve
ment at their last Stevinson Ranch
Invitational, where they finished
Romjue said the finish was a vic
tory for his team. He also said it was
unrealistic for his team to set goals
like winning tournaments.
“We’d like to finish in the top
third this week,” he said. “I think
that it’s reasonable for us. There are
going to be four or five teams there
that have had more success than us,
and it will be extremely hard for us
to beat those teams.
“We’re not concerned with them
right now, though. We’re concerned
with ourselves.”
One score that doesn’t concern
Romjue is the final round play of
sophomore Seth Porter at the
Stevinson Ranch Invitational.
Porter, the team’s No.l golfer,
finished with a 236 and placed 55th.
Porter’s finish, however, didn’t have
his coach worried.
“It was just an aberration,”
Romjue said. “Seth has been playing
pretty steady for us. His scoring
average is good. If he’d had a whole
tournament of 86’s, I’d be concerned,
but it can happen to anybody once.”
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