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Nebraska takes second straight from College of Charleston

Ben Miller hits a home run versus College of Charleston on March 18, 2017 at Haymarket Park (NTV News)

Nebraska (8-8, 0-0 Big Ten) will go for its first weekend sweep of the season following a 6-1 win over the College of Charleston Cougars (8-11, 0-0 CAA) on Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field. After winning 10-1 on Friday, the Huskers clinched a series victory with Saturday’s win.

The Huskers have outscored the Cougars 16-2 in the series and outhit them, 23-9.

Nebraska’s pitching staff was locked in on Saturday, allowing one run on three hits, with two of the hits coming in the ninth inning. Offensively the Huskers recorded 10 hits on the afternoon, including a solo home run by Ben Miller, and all nine batters recorded a hit.

Senior Derek Burkamper put together his best start of the year, as he gave up just one run on one hit and went a season-high 6.2 innings. Burkamper struck out five for the second straight week and the lone hit he gave up was a solo home run in the third. The Muscatine, Iowa, native faced the minimum three times on the afternoon and retired the final five Cougars he faced until he was replaced by Jake McSteen with two out in the seventh.

McSteen tossed 2.0 shutout innings, but exited in the ninth when the Cougars had the bases loaded with two outs. Chad Luensmann came in and struck out Luke Morgan looking to end the game, earning Luensmann his third save of the season.

Tomorrow’s series finale is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. The game was originally set for 12:05 p.m., but was moved up one hour to accommodate Charleston’s travel schedule.

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