Published Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:43 am
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Husker bats can't keep up with KSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nebraska's recently resurgent offense wasn't effective on a night when its pitching staff struggled to control the Kansas State bats.

The result was a 9-1 NU loss Tuesday night, the Huskers' most lopsided defeat since they were shut out 9-0 by now-No. 5 Cal State Fullerton during the season's opening weekend.

Nebraska (11-16), which was hitting .335 as a team in its last nine games before Tuesday, managed just five hits against the Wildcats (19-10), who used five pitchers to help keep NU off-balance.

The only Husker hit that came with fewer than two outs was Austin Darby's leadoff double in the seventh. But the sophomore was gunned down on the base paths trying to take third base.

Kansas State, which beat Nebraska 10-8 last week, blew the game open right after that, scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh off freshman reliever Colton Howell to take an 8-1 lead.

Wildcat senior Tanner Witt matched the Huskers' hit total, blasting a solo home run in the third. Two of his four RBIs came on a two-out single in the eighth, and he also doubled.

The lone NU run was scored in the fifth when senior Kash Kalkowski reached on an error and later scored on an RBI groundout by catcher Tanner Lubach.

The Huskers committed three errors for the second straight game. And the five pitchers they used Tuesday surrendered 14 hits, walked three batters, plunked three others and hurled two wild pitches.

Nebraska will return to Big Ten play Friday at Iowa.

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