TEMPE, Ariz. — Triples by freshman Ryan Boldt and senior Michael Pritchard helped Nebraska rebound from a three-run deficit to defeat Pacific 5-3 Friday, the Huskers' first win in a season opener since 2009.
Boldt's clutch hit was the first of his NU career. He tied the game 3-3 in the fourth inning when he drove in three runs with his two-out triple.
Pritchard, a senior from Omaha Creighton Prep, had two triples Friday — the first Husker to do that since 2002. His second one broke the tie, scoring junior shortstop Steven Reveles to put NU up 4-3. Pritchard then scored on Pat Kelly's sacrifice fly to add an insurance run.
That proved to be enough for Nebraska's bullpen. Four relievers combined to throw 42⁄3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out six. Senior Bob Greco, a transfer from Bellevue University, made his Husker debut and earned his first career win.
“Just a good team effort,” coach Darin Erstad said during his postgame radio interview. “The thing I like is we came out and found a way to get it done, but there's definitely a lot of room for improvement.”
Starting pitcher Christian DeLeon was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. It was the third time in 15 starts that the senior right-hander has failed to pitch through six innings.
The effort from DeLeon was important, Erstad said.
“He's going to have to grind out some innings,” Erstad said. “He's done that time and time again for us. I always say, when he leaves the game, we have a chance to win almost every single time. That's all you can ask.”
Nebraska plays twice Saturday, facing No. 2 Oregon State at noon and Gonzaga at 4 p.m.