Up and down first half for Husker hardball

Luke Roskam (25) of Nebraska hits an RBI single for the Huskers in a March 23, 2018 game versus Minnesota (KHGI)

Sitting directly at .500 almost exactly at the midway point of the season paints a decent overall picture of Nebraska baseball.

Sometimes they can be really good, and at others, they can drop four of five as they have done the last week and change.

"We've shown signs of playing well and we've shown signs of setting the game back 100 years the way we've been playing," quipped head coach Darin Erstad.

Nebraska is currently 2-4 in Big Ten play behind a team hitting average of .264 but third best with 174 runs scored.

"It's frustrating that consistency hasn't been there, but we need a couple guys to step up in spots and take advantage of opportunities, and they really haven't," said Erstad.

One who certainly has been is Scott Schreiber. He boasts the third best batting average (.389) in the Big Ten, is one hit shy (44) of tying first place Dominic Canzone (45, Ohio State) in the conference, two runs shy (30) of being tied for first with Canzone(32) as well, while ranking fourth with 28 RBI.

Pitching, though, seems to be the Achilles heel for the Huskers this season. The Big Red arms are a combined fourth to last in the Big Ten with a 5.07 team ERA and have surrendered the most runs (163) of anyone in the conference.

"We're light on the mound," Erstad says. "Our main guy is out and some of our guys are coming back from injury. The stuff is just not back yet. They're competing, but where their stuff normally is, it's just not there."

Big Red baseball is on the road this weekend against Michigan State. There were some fears these games wouldn't be able to go because the forecast was for such cold temps but as of now it looks a little more positive. Game one of the series set for Friday at 2:05 p.m.

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