Huskers shutout in series final, 6-0
Lincoln – The Nebraska No.22 baseball team (20-10) was shut out for the second time this season on Sunday, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-13) finished a weekend sweep with a victory of 6-0. The Huskers dropped out of a conference series for the first time in 2021 after starting the year with seven straight wins, while Rutgers have now won four straight road series.
Senior Brent Teller put on a masterful performance for Rutgers, allowing just two hits in 7.0 shutout innings. Teller withdrew NU’s attack in sequence three times in the afternoon and struck out eight goals, while allowing three marches.
Shay Schanaman was scored with his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 on the year, after giving up four runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings. The Grand Island product walked the first batter of the game, but then allowed only one walk the rest of the way and struck out eight goals in the afternoon.
After scoring a run in the first six innings of the first two games of the series, Rutgers took a 1-0 lead early in the first. Mike Nyisztor worked a four-length walk to start the game and Richie Schiekofer followed with an RBI brace, with Nyisztor scoring all the way from first base. Schanaman settled in and responded with a barrage, groundout, and barrage to limit damage to a run.
Nebraska was tied on bottom second when Max Anderson recorded NU’s first success of the game with a single, but Teller responded with a steal and grounding to keep the Huskers off the field.
Rutgers increased his lead to 4-0 early in the fourth with three runs on three hits, including two doubles. Chris Brito started off with a single and Kevin Welsh doubled up to put two runners in goal position. Schanaman then got a 6-3 pitch, but it was productive, as Brito scored. After a strikeout, Schanaman hit Nyisztor, then edged out Schiekofer 0-2 before the right-back scored a two-run brace on the right-field line.
After giving up the brace at Schiekofer, Schanaman struck out seven straight batters, but Teller continued to limit the Huskers’ offense with just a pair of steps in the fourth and fifth. The Huskers started a two-man rally in the sixth when Spencer schwellenbach worked a walk and Luke Roskam was shot, but Teller came out of the inning with a flight to the deep center of Anderson’s bat.
Rutgers looked to increase his lead in the seventh when he got a single and a decay to start the frame, but reliever Koty Frank walked in and put out the fire with a fly and a pair of groundouts to block the two runners.
Nebraska got a first hit single from Hellstrom Gunner to start the bottom of the eighth and Rutgers handed the ball over to Kyle Muller. Facing the top of the Husker order, Mueller got two stealing outs and one strikeout to keep the shutout intact.
Rutgers scored on a pair of runs early in the ninth, then reliever Dale Stanavich finished the sweep with a scoreless inning of relief.
The Huskers and Scarlet Knights will meet again next weekend, as Nebraska travel to Piscataway, NJ, to pod play with Rutgers and Indiana. Nebraska will face Indiana on Saturday, Indiana and Rutgers on Sunday, then conclude the trip with a game against Rutgers on Monday morning at 10 a.m. (CT).