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Two Huskers Among Top-10 JUCO Signees

Lincoln – A pair of Husker men’s basketball signees were recognized this week, as JUCORecruiting.com released its final top-100 ranking for the class of 2019.

 

Cam Mack (Austin, Texas) was rated as the No. 3 JUCO player in this year’s class, while Jervay Green (Denver, Colo.) was the eighth-rated prospect by the site. Nebraska was the only program in the country with two players among the top 10 in this year’s class. The two players are also the program’s first top-10 recruits according to the JUCO site dating back to 2011.

 

Mack, the top-rated point guard in the class, spent last season at Salt Lake CC, averaging 19.1 points, 7.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game this past season. Mack, a first-team All-Region 18 honoree, ranked in the top 25 nationally in assists (fifth) and steals (24th). The 6-foot-2 guard dished out 10-or-more assists on nine occasions and had three triple-doubles in his lone season at the school. Mack shot 46 percent from the field and boasted a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

 

Green, who was listed as the No. 2 combo guard in the country, was one of the nation’s most prolific scoring guards at Western Nebraska CC. He earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists last season. The Region IX Co-Player of the Year, Green ranked eighth nationally in scoring while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. Green’s sophomore season was highlighted by a 51-point performance against Iowa Lakes CC, one of his three 40-point games on the year.

 

Green and Mack highlight Nebraska’s recruiting class that begins to arrive on campus beginning next week.

 

Thorbjarnarson Represents Iceland
Rising junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson represented his native Iceland earlier this week, competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The Olympic-style competition is held for European countries with populations of under one million people.

 

Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland’s Senior National Team during the competition, averaging 9.3 points per game, including 14 points in a loss to the hosts from Montenegro. He closed out the event with 12 points in a win over Cyprus in the fifth-place game. It is the second time that Thorbjarnarson has played in the tournament, as he made his national team debut in the event in 2017.

 

Last season, Thorbjarnarson played in 25 games, including seven starts, to help the Huskers to a 19-17 record. He averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, as Nebraska reached its second straight NIT. He moved in the starting lineup during the Huskers’ Big Ten Tournament and NIT games, and had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the Huskers’ second-round NIT loss to TCU.

 

Husker Basketball Camps Begin Next Week
The first session of the Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps begins next Monday, June 10, at the Hendricks Training Complex.

 

The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Husker camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year. Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.

 

For more information, camp information, pricing and to register for the 2019 camps, email fredhoibergbasketballcamps@gmail.com call 402-304-7584 or visit https://tinyurl.com/FredHoibergBasketballCamps.





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AUSTIN—Three Cowgirls advanced to the final of the 1,500 meters on Thursday in the second day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Sinclaire Johnson, Jenny Martinez and Molly Sughroue became the first trio of teammates to make the women's 1,500-meter final since Oregon had three qualifiers in 2011.

"I'm really excited for the women, especially for two fifth-year seniors," Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Dave Smith said. "They've worked so hard and have come a long, long way since high school. Sinclaire is in her third year here and has come a long way as well. All three have chances to become first team All-Americans."

Johnson won heat No. 1 in a time of 4:12.35. Johnson hung in the front of the pack from the start of the race until it ended. She ran the final 400 meters in 1:04.78 to outkick the field and win by one-tenth of a second.

Martinez finished in fourth and took claim to the fastest 400-meter splits from the 300-meter mark to the 700-meter mark and the 700-meter mark to the 1,100-meter mark. She passed two women in the final 100 meters to earn a spot in the final race.

"You can't find a nicer person (than Jenny) on the planet," Smith said. "She had a shockingly good freshman year as an All-American indoors and has struggled since. She has always kept a smile on her face and kept a positive attitude. She's always celebrating her teammate's accomplishments and now she has one to celebrate."

Sughroue finished heat two in fourth place to earn a spot in Saturday's final race. She finished the race in 4:14.06. Sughroue is going to make her first appearance in the outdoor 1,500-meter final.

"Molly said something after the race she hasn't said to me in her five years here: 'I'm happy,'" Smith said. "That made my heart skip a beat. Molly has super high expectations for themselves. She came in with the slowest Mile time of any of our women that are contending, and yet, she has expectations equal to anyone else in our program's history.

"For her to tell me she's happy makes me pretty happy too."

Aaliyah Birmingham ran a time of 55.52 for eighth lace in her heat of the 400 meters. In her first year in Stillwater, she set the school record in the indoor 60 meters and the outdoor 400 meters.

The Cowgirls are running in the 1,500-meter final at 5:41 p.m. on Saturday.

Ryan Smeeton is the next competitor for OSU. He is running in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at 7:54 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Women's Individual Results

400 Meters
23. Aaliyah Birmingham – 55.52

1,500 Meters
2. Sinclaire Johnson – 4:12.35Q
6. Jenny Martinez – 4:12.62Q
11. Molly Sughroue – 4:14.06Q





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Game Between Mets And Team Pollmann Pirates Ends In A Tie

Mets tied the game on a stolen base in the fourth inning as Mets tied Team Pollmann Pirates 5-5 on Thursday. Team Pollmann Pirates got on the board in the first inning. Trenton Raile singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Mets tied things up at five. Mets scored one run on a stolen base. Mets hit one home run on the day. Gabe Roberts went deep in the first inning. Landon Kmoch led Mets with two hits in two at bats. Mets tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Noah Mashek led the way with three. Team Pollmann Pirates had eight hits in the game. Quentin Terry, Coleman Chism, and Raile all collected multiple hits for Team Pollmann Pirates. Team Pollmann Pirates was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Terry made the most plays with four. Terry led Team Pollmann Pirates with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases.

 

 

CrossFit McCook White Sox Can't Catch Up To Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals

CrossFit McCook White Sox watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 22-3 loss to Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals on Thursday. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored on a stolen base by Josiah Wilkinson, a double by Cason Waugh, and a double by Reese Gillespie in the first inning. The CrossFit McCook White Sox struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals, giving up 22 runs. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals got on the board in the first inning when Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored one run on a stolen base. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored eight runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was led by Bryson Gullion, Gillespie, Jackson Siegfried, and Isaac Crayton, all driving in runs in the inning. Wilkinson got the start for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He lasted three innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out five. Espn Hall started the game for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He lasted one and one-third innings, allowing seven hits and 12 runs while striking out three. Aries Stewart threw two-thirds of an inning in relief. Hunter Koetter, Hudson Dellevoet, and Trey Tiller each collected one hit to lead CrossFit McCook White Sox. CrossFit McCook White Sox stole seven bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Wyatt McKillip led the way with two.

 

 

First Inning Plays Key Role In Mets Blow Out Over CrossFit McCook White Sox

Seven runs in the first inning led Mets past CrossFit McCook White Sox 13-3 on Thursday. Tristan Campbell, Landon Kmoch, Gabe Roberts, and Brenden Hedrick each drove in runs during the inning. Mets got things started in the first inning when Campbell doubled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run. Kmoch led things off on the mound for Mets. He allowed two hits and two runs over three innings, striking out seven and walking zero. Espn Hall started the game for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He surrendered five runs on four hits over one-third of an inning, walking one. Hudson Dellevoet, Jude Schmick, and Ian Smith each contributed in relief for CrossFit McCook White Sox. Mets racked up ten hits in the game. Kmoch, Campbell, and Ethan Schmidt each managed multiple hits for Mets. Campbell and Kmoch each collected three hits to lead Mets. Mets didn't commit a single error in the field. Campbell had the most chances in the field with seven. Mets stole 16 bases during the game as six players stole more than one. Roberts led the way with three. Dellevoet went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead CrossFit McCook White Sox in hits. CrossFit McCook White Sox tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Trey Tiller led the way with two.

 





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Lincoln – For the second straight year, Nebraska will be on the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Huskers will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a matchup with Georgia Tech. The game at McCamish Pavilion will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The start time and television information will be announced at a later date. All 14 games are carried on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU) and available on the ESPN App.

 

This will be only the second-ever matchup between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets, as the teams have not played since a 66-49 win by Georgia Tech on Dec. 28, 1983.

 

The Huskers have played well on the road in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, posting a 3-1 mark following a 68-66 win at Clemson last season. NU also posted road wins at Wake Forest (2012) and at Florida State (2014).

 

Georgia Tech returns its top three scorers for Coach Josh Pastner, who begins his fourth season at the school. Georgia Tech went 14-18 last year and placed 10th in the ACC with a 6-12 conference mark. Junior guard Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets in scoring (12.5 ppg), assists (3.4 pg) and steals (1.8 spg) last season, while senior forward James Banks III chipped in 10.5 points per game while topping Tech in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and blocked shots (2.5 bpg). Sophomore Michael Devoe is also back after averaging 9.7 points per game and shooting nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line.

 

Nebraska is 5-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since joining the conference in 2011-12. Five of Nebraska’s eight games have been decided by five points or less, including all three losses. In all, Nebraska is 9-6 all-time in conference challenge games, including the Gavitt Games and the former Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Challenge. The Big Ten is 5-12-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but is an impressive 5-2-3 over the last 10 years. Last year, the teams split the 14 games which allowed the ACC to keep the Commissioner’s Cup.

 

Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg is no stranger to conference challenge events in his time at Iowa State, going 2-1 in three such events, including a perfect 2-0 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

 

The Huskers will have a completely retooled roster under Hoiberg, who was hired in April after four-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls. NU replaces all five starters from a team that went 19-17 and reached the second round of the NIT. In all, 12 of the 13 scholarship players have not played a game at Nebraska and the only returnee who saw playing time a year ago is junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson, who averaged 2.0 ppg.. The only other returnee is junior Dachon Burke, who sat out last season after spending two seasons at Robert Morris, where he earned all-conference honors in 2017-18 by averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

 

The incoming class includes 11 scholarship newcomers and is NU’s second-highest rated class of the Big Ten era by 247Sports, despite Hoiberg and his staff putting the class together in less than six weeks. The newcomers include a pair of junior college guards ranked in the top-10 nationally in Cam Mack and Jervay Green along with five Division I transfers who combined for 2,300 points and more than 1,000 rebounds at the Division I level. A four-member freshman class includes Yvan Ouedraogo, who will play for France’s U-18 team this summer, Samari Curtis, who was Mr. Basketball in Ohio last year after averaging 34 points per game, and Akol Arop, who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska last season.

 

Season-ticket renewals are underway for the 2019-20 season. Invoices had been sent to season-ticket holders prior to today’s announcement with the expectation of 18 home games, including a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, with Nebraska playing a road game in the Challenge for the second consecutive season, ticket holders will receive email communication regarding updated invoices to reflect a 17-game home schedule.

 

For more information on Nebraska basketball tickets, including the season-ticket waitlist, fans can visit Huskers.com/tickets. Nebraska’s full non-conference schedule will be announced later this month.

 

2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, December 2
Miami at Illinois
Clemson at Minnesota

Tuesday, December 3
Florida State at Indiana
Iowa at Syracuse
Michigan at Louisville
Duke at Michigan State
Northwestern at Boston College
Rutgers at Pitt

Wednesday, December 4
Notre Dame at Maryland
Nebraska at Georgia Tech
Ohio State at North Carolina
Wake Forest at Penn State
Virginia at Purdue
Wisconsin at NC State





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Mac's Drive In Marauders Falls To Sports Shoppe Iron Birds After Fifth Inning Score

Mac's Drive In Marauders lost the lead late in a 4-3 defeat to Sports Shoppe Iron Birds on Wednesday. The game was tied at three with Sports Shoppe Iron Birds batting in the top of the fifth when Jaime Samaniego grounded out, scoring one run. Mac's Drive In Marauders lost despite out-hitting Sports Shoppe Iron Birds five to three. Mac's Drive In Marauders opened up scoring in the first inning, when Bo Schlegel tripled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. Trevan Rundle led things off on the mound for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He surrendered two runs on three hits over two innings, striking out six and walking one. Schlegel was on the hill for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He allowed two hits and one run over three and two-thirds innings, striking out 11. Cruz McCarty and Theron Erickson entered the game as relief, throwing one inning and one-third of an inning respectively. Schlegel went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders in hits. Mac's Drive In Marauders tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Adrian Roth led the way with two. Tripp Raile led Sports Shoppe Iron Birds with two hits in two at bats. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds stole ten bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Austin Quint led the way with two.

 

Kooper Throws Shutout As My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts Defeats Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats

Kooper Rakes shut down Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats, throwing a complete game shutout and leading My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts to a 4-0 victory on Wednesday My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts tallied three runs in the third inning. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts big bats were led by Eli Graff, Parker Brittain, and Beckett Moser, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. One bright spot for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats was a single by Grady Lentz in the first inning. Rakes was on the hill for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He went four innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out 12. Lentz was on the mound for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went two and a third innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out seven. Asher Wilson and Hayden Uerling entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and one-third innings and one-third of an inning respectively. Tate Moser led My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts with two hits in three at bats. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Moser had the most chances in the field with six. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats didn't commit a single error in the field. Uerling had the most chances in the field with six. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. John White led the way with two.






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McCook Community College graduate Jake Sanford was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round Tuesday of the MLB draft, just one year after taking his last at bats for the Indians.

The 21-year-old former MCC walk-on from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was the 105th player taken in this year’s draft. After graduating from MCC in May of 2018 he transferred to Western Kentucky where he led all NCAA Division 1 hitters with an .805 slugging percentage and was second in the country with 178 total bases. His 22 homers ranked sixth in the NCAA.

This year for the Hilltoppers, Sanford was named the 2019 Conference USA Player of the year as well as being named newcomer of the year by winning the conference triple crown batting .398 with 22 homeruns and 66 RBIs. He is one of 24 Division I players named to be a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, a trophy considered to be college baseball’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. (The winner will be unveiled on June 14.)

Sanford’s success at the Division I level comes as no surprise to his former coach at MCC.

“We are extremely happy for Jake,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “I knew watching Jake over his two years at McCook, he had a chance for some big things, when you combine his natural physical ability, his work ethic, and his power as a left handed bat, he had a chance to be special,” Olsen said.

Olsen said he had multiple pro scouts contact him trying to gather as much information on Jake prior to the MLB draft. Sanford said in the month or so leading up to this week’s MLB draft he met with more than 25 teams, with scouts talking with him and administering eye exams and brain tests.

“It’s been a little bit crazy,” he told the Chronicle-Herald in Halifax.

Sanford, didn’t draw any scouting or recruiting interest as a high schooler. His only university offer was to play volleyball at Dalhousie. He paid his own way to MCC hoping to make the team as a walk-on in the fall of 2016, earned a scholarship for his second semester, and as a freshman hit .358 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, and 39 RBIs. After his sophomore year at MCC, Sanford was named to the 2018 first team all-Region IX team. He led the Indians with .374 batting average, a .450 on-base average and slugged .700, the all-time best for any MCC hitter. His 12 home runs tied for the Region IX lead and he drove in 55 runs in 54 games – the fourth most RBIs in the region.

“I really enjoyed Jake during his time here as both a person and player, and I can tell you his best days as a player are still ahead of him,” Olsen said. “It will be fun to watch him progress, and want to wish him the best of luck moving forward,”

Western Kentucky (in its 100th season of baseball) went 16-13-1 and qualified for the Conference USA tournament for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2015 season. The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers went 1-2 in the eight-team, double-elimination championship in Biloxi, Miss.

If Sanford doesn’t sign a contract with the Yankees he could re-enter the draft next year and return to WKU for his senior year, but Olsen said that doesn’t seem likely. If Sanford signs he will likely end up playing in a rookie level short-season this summer.

Pro scouts and his former MCC coaches, teachers and teammates weren’t the only ones following Jake’s slugging exploits this year in Bowling Green.

“Larry Walker called me the other day,” Sanford said in a recent interview. The former all-star for the Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies was – like Sanford – a former hockey goalie-turned left-handed slugging outfielder.

“He said all Canadians stay together and that he was rooting for me.”

Sanford received his associate’s degree at MCC in Sports Marketing and continued with that his junior year at Western Kentucky.





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Cason Throws Shutout As Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals Defeats First Central Bank Royals

Cason Waugh shut down First Central Bank Royals, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals to a 15-0 victory on Tuesday Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals secured the victory thanks to eight runs in the fourth inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals batters contributing to the big inning included Isaiah Crayton, Josiah Wilkinson, and Bryson Gullion, all knocking in runs in the inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals got things started in the first inning when Gullionsingled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.  Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied eight runs in the fourth inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals's offense in the inning came from singles by Wilkinson and Gullion and a walk by Crayton. A double by Beckett Heskett in the first inning was a positive for First Central Bank RoyalsWaugh led things off on the mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went four innings, allowing zero runs on three hits and striking out four. Jalen Collicott led things off on the hill for First Central Bank Royals. He allowed four hits and three runs over one inning, striking out three and walking one. Reid Loop threw two innings out of the bullpen. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals saw the ball well today, racking up 12 hits in the game. Wilkinson, Waugh, and Gullion all managed multiple hits for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Wilkinson went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals in hits. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Wilkinson led the way with four. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals didn't commit a single error in the field. Reese Gillespie had five chances in the field, the most on the team.

 

CrossFit McCook White Sox's Early Lead Over Team Pollmann Pirates Sets Stage For Victory

CrossFit McCook White Sox jumped out to an early lead over Team Pollmann Pirates and took home a 5-3 victory on Tuesday. CrossFit McCook White Sox scored on a double by Trey Tillerand a walk by Espn Hall in the first inning. Zach Hinze was on the hill for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out ten. Coleman Chism was on the pitcher's mound for Team Pollmann Pirates. He went three innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out six. Jadyn Fox threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Tiller went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead CrossFit McCook White Sox in hits. CrossFit McCook White Sox stole eight bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Tiller led the way with three. Quentin Terry led Team Pollmann Pirates with two hits in two at bats. Team Pollmann Pirates was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Oliver Corbett had the most chances in the field with seven. Team Pollmann Pirates tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Terry led the way with four.

 

Despite Fewer Hits, CrossFit McCook White Sox Beats Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals out-hit CrossFit McCook White Sox 12 to ten, but it wasn't enough in a 17-12 loss on Tuesday Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals lost despite out-hitting CrossFit McCook White Sox 12 to ten. CrossFit McCook White Sox got things moving in the first inning, when Trey Tiller singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

CrossFit McCook White Sox pulled away for good with eight runs in the second inning. In the second Ian Smith singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run, Espn Hall singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, Wyatt McKillip drew a walk, scoring one run, and Aries Stewart drew a walk, scoring one run. Tiller was on the mound for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He surrendered 11 runs on 12 hits over two and a third innings, striking out six. Josiah Wilkinson toed the rubber for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went one inning, allowing five runs on five hits and walking one. Cason Waugh and Tate Schafer entered the game as relief, throwing two-thirds of an inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied one home run on the day. Bryson Gullion had a long ball in the first inning.  Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals racked up 12 hits. Waugh, Isaac Crayton, Jackson Siegfried, and Gullion each managed multiple hits for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Gullion, Siegfried, Crayton, and Waugh each managed two hits to lead Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Gullion made the most plays with two. Waugh led Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 11 stolen bases. CrossFit McCook White Sox saw the ball well today, racking up ten hits in the game. Hall, Tiller, Smith, and Hudson Dellevoet all had multiple hits for CrossFit McCook White Sox.CrossFit McCook White Sox tore up the base paths, as four players stole at least two bases. Dellevoet led the way with seven.







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Corvallis, Ore. -- Despite an valiant effort that saw the Creighton Baseball team battle through four NCAA Tournament elimination games, the Bluejays ran out of gas in a winner-take-all battle with Michigan, falling 17-6 in the Corvallis Regional Final on Monday, June 3.

The loss ended Creighton's season at 41-13, while the Wolverines advanced to the Super Regional with a 44-19 record. The Wolverines will face the winner of tonight's game between #1 UCLA and Loyola Marymount next weekend.

A majestic second inning solo home run to left from junior Will Robertson gave Creighton an early 1-0 lad. It was Robertson's 15th home run of the season, moving him into sole possession of the team lead. The Bluejays extended their edge to 2-0 in the season as junior Parker Upton laced an RBI triple to left-center, plating junior Isaac Collins.

Creighton's starter Mitch Ragan gave one back in the top of the third as he allowed a single, a wild pitch on a strikeout and a pair of walks to force in Michigan's first run of the game. Evan Johnson came on to strand the bases full of Wolverine in the third with a strikeout of Michigan's Christian Bullock

The momentum of Johnson's strikeout carried into the fourth as senior Jack Strunc opened the frame with a blast to right field, his third of the season. Senior Jordan Hovey followed with a double to left and with one down in the frame, sophomore David Vilches lined an RBI single up the middle to make it 4-1.

The bottom of the fourth, however, proved to be Creighton's undoing as Johnson walked the first two hitters, forcing Bluejay head coach Ed Servais to bring in junior John Sakowski from the bullpen. Michigan went on to plate five in the inning, taking the lead for good at 6-4. After a grounder to short accounted for the first out, a hit batter loaded the bases, then a two-run double by Jesse Franklin made it 4-3 and a two-run single from Jordan Brewer gave the Wolverines the edge. Michigan's final run of the frame came on an RBI groundout by Blake Nelson.

A solo home from Michigan catcher Joe Donovan made it a 7-4 game. Michigan added four runs on three hits and an error in the sixth to seize an 11-4 edge.

Strunc tried to rally his squad with his second home run of the night to open the seventh, but Michigan answered with six runs in the seventh.

Creighton pushed across an unearned run in the eighth as Strunc delivered and RBI single.

Sakowski suffered his first loss of the season (7-1), allowing four runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of relief. Michigan's.

At the conclusion of the game the All-Tournament Team was announced, highlighted by Bluejays Jack Strunc, Will Robertson and Ben Dotzler

2019 CORVALLIS REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Most Outstanding Player: Jimmy Kerr, Michigan
Catcher: Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
First Base: Jimmy Kerr, Michigan
Second Base: Jace Mercer, Cincinnati
Third Base: Eric Santiago, Cincinnati
Shortstop: Jack Strunc, Creighton
Outfield: AJ Bumpass, Cincinnati
Outfield: Will Robertson, Creighton 
Outfield: Christian Bullock, Michigan
Designated Hitter: Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
Pitcher: Karl Kauffmann, Michigan
Pitcher: Ben Dotzler, Creighton





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Late Score Costs Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Against Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps

 Sports Shoppe Iron Birds lost the lead late in a 6-1 defeat to Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps on Monday. The game was tied at one with Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps batting in the top of the third when Jackson Gillen drew a walk, scoring one run. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds lost despite out-hitting Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps three to two. Lee Davidson was on the pitcher's mound for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He surrendered one run on two hits over two innings, striking out four and walking zero. Cale Graham was on the mound for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He lasted two innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out three. Jaime Samaniego and Krayten Ureste entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively. Braden Fortin, Samaniego, and Tripp Raile each managed one hit to lead Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds didn't commit a single error in the field. Fortin had four chances in the field, the most on the team. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Rylee Eaton had the most chances in the field with seven.

 

Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats Clinches Lead In Fourth Inning For Victory Over Parker Scrappers

 Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats took the lead late in the game in a 2-1 victory over Parker Scrappers on Monday. The game was tied at one with Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats batting in the bottom of the fourth when an error scored one run for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. The pitching was strong on both sides. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats pitchers struck out 13, while Parker Scrappers pitchers sat down nine. In the first inning, Parker Scrappers got their offense started. Kale Sattler drove in one when he doubled. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning, when an error scored one run for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Grady Lentz got the start for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went one inning, allowing one run on one hit and striking out three.

Sattler was on the hill for Parker Scrappers. He lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and one run while striking out six. Ty Junker threw one inning out of the bullpen. Dorian Bussard went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats in hits. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats didn't commit a single error in the field. Spencer Snyder had 13 chances in the field, the most on the team.

Sattler led Parker Scrappers with two hits in two at bats. Jacob Barber led Parker Scrappers with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases.





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Nebraska Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad announced Monday afternoon that he has resigned from his position. Erstad guided the Husker program for the past eight seasons, leading the Huskers to a Big Ten Championship and four NCAA Regional appearances.

 

“I have made the extremely difficult decision to step away from coaching,” Erstad said. “I love this team. I love our staff and I love Nebraska. The bottom line is I do not want to miss seeing our kids grow up. I want to thank our administration and academic staff for all of their support over the last eight years. GBR forever.”

 

Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said Erstad was the right individual to lead the Husker program, but understands Erstad’s choice to spend more time with his family.

 

“Darin earned the right to lead this baseball program well into the future, and I was hopeful that would be the case,” Moos said. “Darin loved the opportunity to represent Nebraska every day and did an outstanding job. He’s a Nebraska guy who loves this program and is a proven winner. With all that said, I respect and admire that Darin’s priority now is to spend more time with his family as his children grow up.”

 

Erstad took over the Nebraska program in June of 2011, and finished with a record of 267-193-1. Erstad’s 2017 team captured the Big Ten regular-season title and he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for his leadership. Four of his eight teams finished second or better in the conference, and his teams reached the Big Ten tournament championship game in 2013, 2014 and 2019. Nebraska qualified for NCAA Regional play in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

 

The Jamestown, N.D., native is one of the top players in Nebraska baseball history. A two-sport star at Nebraska, Erstad was a first-team All-American and Big Eight Co-Player of the Year in 1995. In addition, Erstad was a two-time academic all-conference pick, and was the starting punter on Nebraska’s 1994 national championship football team. He was inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2018.

 

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Erstad spent the majority of his career playing for the Angels, where he won three Gold Gloves (2000-02-04) and was selected for the American League All-Star team in 1998 and 2000. He was part of the Angels 2002 World Series Champion team.





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