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Thunderin' Bolts vs. Northwestern (The Battle for NU, Hardball Edition)


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Friday, May 14 (6:30 PM)
Pitching: LHP Cade Povich (4-1) vs. TBA
TV/Streaming: BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network
 
Saturday, May 15 (2 PM)
Pitching: RHP Chance Hroch (4-1) vs. TBA
TV/Streaming: NET/BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network
 
Sunday, May 16 (12 PM)
Pitching: RHP Shay Schanaman (4-2) vs. TBA
TV/Streaming: BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network

 

After an exciting 13-inning affair it's time for the thread for this upcoming weekend's games.

 

Nebraska (23-11) hosts Northwestern (12-16) for a traditional Friday, Saturday, Sunday matchup.

 

Northwestern is hitting .270 (4th), 54 (1st) HRs, 96 (13th) BBs, 260 (3rd) Ks, and a .954 (13th) fielding percentage.

 

Pitching they have a 5.47 (9th) ERA, 122 (3rd) BBs, 190 (13th) Ks, .284 (9th) opponent batting average.

 

Nebraska is hitting .272 (3rd), 41 (5th) HRs, 172 (4th) BBs, 308 (10th) Ks, .981 (1st) fielding percentage.

 

Pitching we have a 4.10 (3rd) ERA, 118 (1st) BBs, 306 (7th) Ks, .252 (7th) opponent batting average.

 

Northwestern is on a 5-game losing streak and is also (if game is played) coming off an 18-day layoff due to a COVID Shutdown

 

Teams in the B1G TITLE HUNT:

 

Indiana (23-10 [0.697]): 3-games @ Michigan, 4-Game pod against Nebraska & Ohio State, 3-games @ Maryland

 

Nebraska (23-11) [0.676]): 3 games vs. Northwestern, 4-game pod against Indiana & Ohio State, 3-games vs. Michigan

 

Michigan (23-12 [0.657]): 3-games vs. Indiana, 3-games vs. Maryland, 3-games @ Nebraska

 

Iowa (21-14 [0.600]): 3-games vs. Illinois, 3-games @ Northwestern, 3-games @ Michigan State

 

Maryland (21-14 [0.600]): 3-games vs. Purdue, 3-games @ Michigan, 3-games vs. Maryland

 

Ohio State (17-14 [0.548]): 3-games vs. Michigan State, 4-game pod against Indiana & Ohio State, 3-games vs. Northwestern

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Ok.. so it's cool for you to PROJECT your opinion on them and everyone whom thinks different than you? By your "projection" "get vaccinated" "its inexcusable at this time"... that mate IS authoritativ

If they’ll couldn’t play due to Covid then sure. They had 20 guys. Most conferences only allow 25-27 to travel anyways. I counted 2 dudes who have pitched college innings for NW who traveled to Lincol

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NW has the bats that is for sure. NU has been resilient, but not so great at home so far. Should be huge crowds. 

 

Love what Bolt has done with this team- but Schellenbach seems to have lost a bit as a closer and our efficiency for getting runs per hits is down. Bullpen was dominant early- a little less consistent now.  Love how this team fields and battles. 

 

Huskers have to get 2,  3 would be really nice. Indiana is the favorite now, this is a huge series before NU plays them and OSU. Indiana will save their 2 ace studs for NU- that will be two tough games to win, that is for sure. 

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6 hours ago, Nebraska55fan said:

Indiana will save their 2 ace studs for NU- that will be two tough games to win, that is for sure. 

 

I wouldn't bet on that considering tOSU has been their problem program. I think they might consider their 3 vs our 3.

 

Our rotation vs ind/tOSU:

Fri: Our 1 vs Ind 1

 

Sat: Our 2 vs tOSU 1

Sat: Our 3 vs Ind 2 (I think their 3)

 

Sun: tOSU 2 vs Ind 2 (3 if they use 2 on us)

Sun: tOSU 3 or 4 vs Our 4

 

Mon: tOSU 3 or 4 vs Ind 4

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23 minutes ago, Nebraska55fan said:

I hope youre right- their 1 and 2 are really tough

Their number 3 leads the entire conference in ERA by a wide margin. The good news for us is he consistently pitches on Sundays. Doubt they throw him on short rest. He's the one that threw a complete game against us. Their #1 and #2 are damn good too, you're really not gonna find weak pitching against Indiana. 

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Projected starters and game times as follows:  

 

Friday, May 14 (6:30 PM)
Pitching: LHP Cade Povich (4-1) vs. TBA
TV/Streaming: BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network
 
Saturday, May 15 (2 PM)
Pitching: RHP Chance Hroch (4-1) vs. TBA
TV/Streaming: NET/BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network
 
Sunday, May 16 (12 PM)
Pitching: RHP Shay Schanaman (4-2) vs. TBA
TV/Streaming: BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network

 

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I'm admittedly just slightly over excited for this weekend. Why?

Because we are in the conference race as we should always be.

Because a sweep, if possible, puts destiny in our hands.

Because the winner of the Indiana vs Michigan series will likely create separation at the top.

Because we are nearing the end.

Because our boys have shown they are staying the course, never quitting, never surrendering, focused with one goal. Winning that day, that game, that at bat, that pitch.

I'm excited and hoping everyone else is also.

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15 hours ago, Loebarth said:

I'm admittedly just slightly over excited for this weekend. Why?

Because we are in the conference race as we should always be.

Because a sweep, if possible, puts destiny in our hands.

Because the winner of the Indiana vs Michigan series will likely create separation at the top.

Because we are nearing the end.

Because our boys have shown they are staying the course, never quitting, never surrendering, focused with one goal. Winning that day, that game, that at bat, that pitch.

I'm excited and hoping everyone else is also.

I'm excited also so much for the future of this baseball program.

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