Nebraska no-hits, then sweeps Arkansas


LINCOLN, Neb. — Three Nebraska pitchers combined to no-hit No. 12 Arkansas in a 3-0 victory to open a doubleheader at Haymarket Park.

In the nightcap, Nebraska broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and held off an Arkansas rally for a 4-2 victory.

Kyle Kubat, Tyler Niederklein and Dylan Vogt combined to throw Nebraska’s first combined no-hitter since March 6, 1993, when the Cornhuskers did it to Peru State.

Kubat threw the first five innings, striking out three and walking one. Niederklein struck out one and walked one in 2 1/3 innings, while Vogt struck out one and walked one in 1 2/3 innings.

Arkansas starter Trey Killian (3-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in two innings. Michael Gunn and Landon Simpson combined to throw six scoreless innings in relief. Gunn struck out four in four innings, while Simpson also fanned four in two innings.

Isaac Hellbusch reached base all three times he came to the plate for the Razorbacks (25-14). Hellbusch drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. Matt Vinson also reached base on a walk.

Chad Christensen had two hits and two RBI to lead Nebraska at the plate. Michael Pritchard also had two hits for the Cornhuskers (16-19).

Nebraska struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. With a runner on first and two out, Christensen doubled to the right-center field alley, scoring Pat Kelly.

The Cornhuskers added two runs in the bottom of the third. Nebraska loaded the bases with nobody out and Christensen drove in his second run of the day with an infield single to make it 2-0. A fielder’s choice ground out by Austin Darby brought home Nebraska’s third run of the day.

That was the last run that either team would score as the pitching staffs for both teams took over and Nebraska would record the 3-0 victory.

In Game 2, Blake Headley led off the eighth inning with a pinch-hit solo homer over the right field wall to put the Cornhuskers in front 2-1. Nebraska added two more runs in the inning, one on a RBI fielder’s choice and the other run on a double play.

Arkansas was able to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a run and putting the tying run on base. Eric Fisher started the inning with a double and then moved to third on a two-out infield single by Jacob Mahan. Another infield single by Joe Serrano scored Fisher and moved Fisher to second. The Razorbacks were unable to get any closer as Tyler Spoon flied out to center to end the ballgame.

Mahan homered and had a pair of hits with an RBI and a run scored to lead Arkansas at the plate. Serrano also had two hits and an RBI, while Eric Fisher, Brett McAfee and Jacob Morris each had one hit.

Kelly had two hits to lead the Cornhuskers offensively. Headley homered in his only at bat of the game, while Kash Kalkowski had a hit and a RBI.

Nebraska reliever Luke Bublitz (2-0) earned the win after throwing a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Chris Oliver (2-2) took the loss for the Razorbacks after giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits.

Arkansas starter Tyler Wright allowed an unearned run and struck out two in four innings. Nebraska starter Brandon Pierce gave up a run on three hits in five innings.