The Nebraska baseball team held its opening game of the annual Red-White Series Monday afternoon, with the Red squad picking up a 4-1 win in seven innings at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
Koty Frank tossed 5.0 shutout innings for Red, allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Frank kept the White squad to one hit in the first four innings of his start.
Jake Bunz started for White, tallying six strikeouts with two runs (one earned), three hits and one walk allowed over 3.0 innings.
Luke Sartori had three of Red’s six hits on the day, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Garrett Anglim and Max Petersen each had a hit and scored a run, and Max Anderson was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
After two scoreless innings, Red got on the board in the top of the third. Petersen led off the frame with a single through the right side, and Sartori doubled down the left field line to put runners on the corners. Core Jackson drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Anderson, whose sacrifice fly to center coupled with a fielding error spotted Red a 2-0 lead.
Red tacked on two more runs in the fourth. Jack Steil worked a full-count walk and Anglim sent a single through the right side before a sacrifice bunt by Petersen put both in scoring position. Sartori then came through again, delivering a two-run single to left center for a 4-0 advantage.
Frank quelled the White squad in the bottom half of the fourth frame, fanning three straight batters. Chandler Benson relieved him in a hitless sixth-inning appearance, recording a pair of strikeouts.
Josh Caron tallied the White squad’s only run of the day with a first-pitch homer to straightaway center to open the bottom of the seventh. Efry Cervantes and Matt Guthmiller both walked to put two runners aboard, but a flyout and a groundout capped off the game at 4-1.
The Red-White Series continues on Tuesday, Oct. 12, with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m. at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. Admission is free for all fans, and gates will open one hour prior to first pitch. The scrimmage will be streamed on Facebook (Facebook.com/NebraskaBaseball) and Twitter (@husker_baseball).
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