Published Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm / Updated at 10:44 pm
Baseball
Huskers clinch series with Gopher shutout

Minneapolis — Nebraska shut out Minnesota for the second time this weekend to win the series with its 8-0 victory Sunday.

NU (23-26, 14-7 Big Ten) has won all four of its conference road series and improved to 9-3 away from home in Big Ten play.

Three Huskers combined on the shutout, with sophomore Aaron Bummer (2-1) going a career-high seven innings. The Peoria, Ariz., native held the Gophers to three hits and three walks while striking out three. Bummer allowed a pair of Minnesota runners to reach in the same inning once while retiring 10 straight at one point.

Ryan Hander and Jeff Chesnut worked the final two innings without allowing a hit.

It was the first time that NU posted a pair of shutouts during a conference series since 2005, when the Huskers shut out Oklahoma State at Haymarket Park. The last time Nebraska posted two shutouts in a road series was 2004 at Kansas State.

Kash Kalkowski led the Husker offense. The senior from Grand Island, Neb., finished 4 for 5, including his second home run of the year. It was Kalkowski’s second four-hit day of the year and third of his career.

Every NU starter had at least one hit. The bottom of the Husker order was especially effective, as NU’s Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters were 5 for 12 with five RBIs.

Nebraska wraps up nonconference play Tuesday with a visit to TD Ameritrade Park for a 7:05 p.m. game with Creighton. The Huskers then host Michigan for a three-game series beginning Thursday to conclude the regular season.

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