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The Haskers (34-13) lost 3-2 after four shots, but used three fifth innings and Schwelenbach slammed the door with the best 4.2 innings to silence 11,084 spectators at Baum-Walker Stadium. The Big Ten player of the year, who also had an RBI single, blew four and allowed just one goal – lowering his ERA season to 0.57.
The Huskers will appear to be the fourth team to repel No. 1 in the regional game since the NCAA tournament became 64 teams in 1999. The first field on Monday between the Huskers and Razorbacks (48-11) is set for 18:00 (CT). Of the previous three national seed elimination teams, two are in the Big Ten (Michigan, 2007 and Maryland, 2015).
Griffin Everit had the biggest hit of the game, a double, double single in the fifth to give Nebraska a lead forever and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jaxon Hallmark hosted for the second consecutive game and had two RBIs while Bryce Matthews also added two hits for the winners.
By the time Schwellenbach wins, the Huskers may not have made it to Monday without a starter performance. Kyle Perry. The left-hander, who made just six innings throughout the year after recovering from elbow surgery, made 4.6 innings for the season and inflated seven, allowing three runs with three hits.
Due to NCAA tournament rules, Arkansas was the scorer on Sunday night, and Perry lined up the Razorbacks with a pair of strikes closed around a fly to start the game. Then Nebraska’s offense jumped to a 1-0 lead at 10 on Hallmarkyou host of the season. The senior from Midland, Texas, passed 2-2 pitches from Lael Lockhart from the eye of the dough in the center field. It was Holmark’s second homer of the day, as he also hit a solo homer in NU’s 18-4 victory over NJIT.
Perry retired the striker in the third and then went through the fighting before Matt Goodhart retreated to the left, the first hit for Arkansas that night. Cayden Wallace followed with an RBI single and a costly field foul in the center allowed him to take second. With two players in the scoring position, Perry flew out, but then unlocked a wild pitch that was scored by Goodheart, and in the game a throw-in error by Everitt allowed Wallace to also score to give Arkansas a 3-1 lead.
The Huskies got one run at the bottom of the third, but made two outs on the base tracks. Logan Foster reached in a throw error to start the frame and Joe Acker followed by his 15th double of the year to put two runners in the top scorer. Hallmark delivered a sacrificial fly and Nebraska drew third base with one out. Schwelenbach hits a hard ball for the first time and Acker tries to score, but is cut off in the plate. Luke Roscam followed by an inner single, but in the game Schwelenbach tried to go 1st-to-3rd and was marked 6-3-1.
Arkansas posed a threat in the fifth when the Battles took a one-time walk, and Goodhart followed with one, placing runners in first and third place. The Haskers went to Schwellenbach and the right hander hit Wallace before making a fly to get both runners stuck.
After pulling the Haskers out of a jam in the upper part of the heel, Schwelenbach equalized the game at the bottom of the inning and then the Haskers regained the lead. Acker and Hallmark created consecutive singles before Schwellenbach’s RBI finished the game in three. With a pair of Haskers in the starting position, the Razor went to relieve Ryan Costay. The right hander killed Roscam for the second out, but Everit came in with a two-RBI single that brought Nebraska back to the front, 5-3
Lockhard (3-3) withstood 4.1 assists, but allowed five runs, four wins, with eight hits to take the loss.
Costeiu worked out the jam in the sixth, leaving a pair of runners. Matthews took a walk with a lead, Hage made a sacrifice, but reached for a mistake on the field, and then a wild terrain put them both in a result position without going out. Costeiu managed to escape unharmed by a blow, jumped out and took off.
Both teams came down in the seventh, and the Huskers led 5-3 to eighth. Faced with 2-3-4 strikers from Arkansas, Schwellenbach retired them in order, including the inning-final blow.
Arkansas threatened Husker closer in the ninth, taking runners around the corners with one out. Christian Franklin opened the frame with a walk and eventually reached third place on land and wild terrain. With one out, Cullen Smith came out, but Schwelenbach blew Casey Opitz for the second out and made the Battles come out first to end the game.
Nebraska will be looking for its fifth regional title in the history of the program and the first since 2005 on Monday night with the first pitch set shortly after 6pm. The determination of the television will be announced later tonight, but the game will take place and the Learfield / IMG College Husker Sports Network.