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Huskers Demonstrate Dominance with Five Homers in Saturday’s Exhibition

The Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team exhibited an explosive show of force on the diamond at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, thrashing Cloud County Community College with a resounding 22-2 victory in a 12-inning match on Saturday.

Right from the outset, the Huskers showcased their prowess, posting an impressive 22 runs off 17 hits. In contrast, the Thunderbirds struggled, managing just two runs from their eight hits and compounded their woes with five errors.

Nebraska’s pitching was impeccable. Starter Caleb Clark was a sight to behold, conceding just one hit and delivering four strikeouts in a brief two-inning spell. The bullpen echoed this brilliance, with pitchers like Tucker Timmerman, Ty Horn, and Ryan Harrahill giving commendable performances. The pitching ensemble for Nebraska combined to throw 15 strikeouts, allowing a mere three free passes throughout the game.

On the batting front, Dylan Carey’s bat sizzled. He had an outstanding 3-for-6 run, which included two doubles, a home run, resulting in five RBIs and four runs. Not far behind were Riley Silva, Tyler Stone, Ben Columbus, Hayden Lewis, and Cole Evans, who together rained down homers to the delight of the home fans.

The game saw Nebraska take charge from the opening inning. Carey capitalized on a fielding error, while Case Sanderson’s infield single and a consequential error from the Cloud County pitcher gave Nebraska their first breakthrough. Gabe Swansen’s full-count walk set the stage for Stone’s magnificent 414-foot three-run homer, asserting the Huskers’ dominance.

Although Cloud County tried to rally with a run in the third, Nebraska’s response was swift and brutal. A series of skillful plays, including Columbus’s 370-foot homer, widened the gap to 7-1. Despite a minor hiccup in the seventh inning where the Thunderbirds added a run, Nebraska retaliated with a storm of runs, bolstered by Carey’s massive three-run homer.

The climax saw Nebraska piling on runs in the 11th and 12th innings, sealing their victory with a staggering 20-point lead. Standout moments from these innings include Carey’s two-RBI double and Evans’ solo homer, which soared 404-feet to the left.

This exhibition match was more than just a win for the Huskers; it was a statement of intent for the upcoming season. With such robust performance, both in pitching and batting, Nebraska baseball fans have every reason to be optimistic.

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