Husker Sports Brief March 6, 2023

The Nebraska baseball team concluded its weekend at the Cambria College Classic in Minneapolis with a 14-5 loss to No. 4 Ole Miss at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska (5-4-1) had five runs on eight hits, while Ole Miss (10-2) totaled 14 runs on 14 hits.

Max Anderson (Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)

Caleb Clark dropped to 0-1 on the year, allowing eight runs and five hits in two outs. Michael Garza tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, scattering out four hits and a trio of walks. Jalen Worthley and Kyle Perry combined to pitch three innings, while Will Rizzo and JC Gutierrez teamed up to throw the final inning.

Brice Matthews went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, two RBI and three runs. Efry Cervantes was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, while Max Anderson had a 1-for-3 day with a double.

The Huskers went 2-1 on the weekend, which included wins over No. 7 Vanderbilt and Hawaii.

NEBRASKA SOFTBALL

Four runs in the eighth inning helped the Nebraska softball team to secure a 11-7 win over Cal State Northridge on Sunday in the final game of the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Arizona.

The Huskers recorded 11 runs on 15 hits as the first seven of the Nebraska lineup all recorded two or more hits. As a team, Nebraska recorded eight extra-base hits including six doubles and two homers.

Freshman Katelyn Caneda led, finishing 3-for-5 on the day while Billie Andrews added three RBIs. As a team, Nebraska recorded eight extra-base hits including six doubles and two homers.

Courtney Wallace earned the win in the circle and moved to 8-3 on the season.

NEBRASKA WRESTLING

The Nebraska wrestling team finished third at the 2023 Big Ten Championships. Silas Allred highlighted the day, winning the 197-pound Big Ten title.

The first of five Huskers in the finals, No. 2 Liam Cronin (125) met No. 1 Spencer Lee of Iowa for the second time this season. Cronin scored two escapes, but Lee held the momentum and defeated Cronin by decision, 8-2.

No. 3 Brock Hardy then faced No. 1 Real Woods of Iowa at 141. Woods got an early takedown before Hardy was rewarded a point due to Woods’ stalling. Hardy battled, but fell by decision 2-1 to finish second.

At 157, No. 1 Peyton Robb and No. 2 Levi Haines of Penn State were tied, 1-1. Moving on to overtime, Haines recorded a big takedown to win 3-1 in sudden victory.

No. 2 Mikey Labriola added a runner-up finish, falling to No. 1 Carter Starocci (Penn State) in the finals with a 6-1 decision. After two periods, Labriola only trailed by one, but Starocci pulled away in the final two minutes.

Silas Allred (Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)

At 197, No. 2 Silas Allred was crowned Big Ten Champion with a 6-3 decision over Penn State’s No. 1 Max Dean. Allred notched a takedown in each period to seal the win and cap off NU’s performance in the final session.

NEBRASKA BOWLING

The Nebraska bowling team led day three of match play at the Big Red Invite inside Hollywood Bowl here in Lincoln with an overall record of 6-6 to claim the tournament title, marking the team’s third tournament title this season.

Five Huskers finished in the top 25 individual standings. Senior Crystal Elliott lead the Huskers in second with a total pinfall of 1,153 and an average of 230.60. Senior Kendyl Hofmeister followed Elliott in 11th with 1,102. Freshman Jillian Martin sat at 13th with 1,097 and Anna Callan in 19th with 1,066. Junior Kayla Verstraete rounded out the team in 22nd with a total pinfall of 1,057.

Nebraska awaits the announcements of the 2023 NCAA Bowling Regional Championships on Wed., March 29th, during the NCAA bowling selection show.

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