After one of its worst losses of the season, the Nebraska baseball team (17-10, 7-2 Big Ten) will head east to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State (17-12, 1-7) in a weekend series.
Nebraska is coming off its first home defeat in a 10-2 loss against Creighton on Tuesday. Before the loss on Tuesday, Nebraska had won four straight games to tie for second in the Big Ten standings.
Penn State split its two midweek games with a 16-15 win over Youngstown State on Tuesday and a 7-2 loss against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Penn State picked up its first Big Ten win 3-0 over Indiana last Friday. The Nittany Lions lost the final two games of the series 5-3 and 3-2.
The Nittany Lions are led by senior outfielder Jordan Bowersox who is batting .327 with 11 RBIs and two home runs. Bowersox went 3-4 on Tuesday against Youngstown State with two RBIs.
Pitching for the Nittany Lions on Friday night will be redshirt sophomore Dante Biasi (1.75 ERA). He had a strong last outing against Indiana, going six innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine, which earned him Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.
Sophomore Bailey Dees (4.38 ERA) went 4.1 innings last Saturday, giving up just two hits but resulting in two runs. Redshirt junior Eric Mock (2.83 ERA) went a full six innings last Sunday giving up six hits and three earned runs while striking out eight.
Nebraska came into Tuesday night’s matchup riding high after outscoring Purdue 39-9 in its series sweep over the Boilermakers. Nebraska struggled both on the mound and in the batter’s box on Tuesday, giving up 10 runs to the Bluejays and recording only four hits.
Nebraska will send out senior ace Matt Waldron (1.64 ERA) on Friday, who is currently 4-0 and gave up just four hits and no runs in seven innings in his last outing against Purdue. A win on Friday would put Waldron in the top 10 career wins list as a Nebraska pitcher.
Senior Nate Fisher (2.35 ERA) will get the call on Saturday after going three innings while giving up two hits and one earned run last Saturday against Purdue.
Senior Reece Eddins (5.14 ERA) will come in to Saturday’s matchup with a 2-2 record after pitching six innings last Sunday against Purdue. Eddins allowed three runs on six hits to earn the win.
Game times have been changed for this weekend. Friday’s game will begin at noon and a doubleheader on Saturday will begin at 2 p.m.