WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Nebraska baseball team improved to 4-0 this week in doubleheaders, posting two wins Saturday over Purdue in Big Ten play at Alexander Field.
The Huskers (18-19, 10-4 Big Ten) took the opener 10-2, with a strong pitching performance from Christian DeLeon, then rallied late in the nightcap for a 10-4 win. Earlier in the week, Nebraska notched two wins over the Southeastern Conference’s Arkansas.
DeLeon went seven innings for his fifth victory as Nebraska improved to 5-0 in conference series openers this season. The right-handed Texas native struck out three, holding the Boilermakers hitless until the third inning. DeLeon has managed at least six innings in eight of his 10 starts this season.
Veteran Kash Kalkowski had his fifth career four-RBI game to lead the Huskers at the plate. Nebraska put the game out of reach with four runs in the eighth off two hits, two errors and five wild pitches.
The top of the eighth inning proved to be important in the second game as well. With NU down 3-1, Kalkowski pushed a run across with a single and Chad Christensen scored on a ball thrown into right field by Purdue pitcher Brad Schreiber.
NU coach Darin Erstad then inserted senior Josh Scheffert to pinch-hit. The Lincoln Southeast grad delivered with a two-RBI single to give the Huskers a 5-3 lead. In the ninth, Nebraska added five insurance runs on six hits.
On the mound, starter Aaron Bummer went five innings, surrendering three earned runs on six hits. Relievers Jeff Chesnut, Dylan Vogt and Colton Howell stepped in from there, allowing no hits and an unearned run over the final four innings.
The Huskers will look for the Big Ten series sweep Sunday at 11 a.m. CDT.