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Nebraska baseball: A burden lifted

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Nebraska baseball: A burden lifted

It was five years in the making. Third-seeded Nebraska’s 8-5 win over Connecticut was its first regional victory since 2014 — the Huskers hadn’t even led in their past 40 NCAA innings. The start to Friday’s game wasn’t pretty, nor were some of the final stats. The Huskers struck out 16 times while allowing 19 hits. They trailed 4-1 heading into the third inning. Second baseman Alex Henwood left the game after getting hit in the mouth by a ball. Yet Nebraska persevered and rallied, and Spencer Schwellenbach, left, and Jaxon Hallmark could celebrate when it was over. Friday in Oklahoma City also marked the first time the Huskers won their regional opener since 2008. Next up is Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against top-seeded Oklahoma State with a spot in the regional final on the line.

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