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Husker baseball's scrimmage gives optimistic clues for 2021 season

Husker baseball's scrimmage gives optimistic clues for 2021 season

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Sam McKewon and Evan Bland take a look at the Nebraska football depth chart and the Husker prepare for Ohio State.  They also chat Nebraska basketball as the Husker open practice. As always the gang makes their picks for the top games of the week.

Newcomers continued to shine for Nebraska in its second live-streamed scrimmage of the fall Wednesday.

The game wasn’t that competitive — Black won 7-0 over Red — but full of optimistic clues about what the Huskers could look like in 2021. Second-year freshman Braxton Bragg pitched three-plus scoreless innings as the Black starter. Sophomore shortstop Spencer Schwellenbach finished 3 for 3 and senior outfielder Logan Foster drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 effort inside an empty Haymarket Park.

Nebraska has been scrimmaging Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in recent weeks and will do so again as it wraps up fall ball this year. The live stream Wednesday was in lieu of the traditional Red-White series.

The Black team hit Red starter Chance Hroch, a graduate transfer from New Mexico State, early and often. Four singles to start the game included a Leighton Banjoff RBI hit and Foster followed with an RBI double to highlight a three-run first.

Foster singled home two more in the third after Schwellenbach singled and Banjoff walked.

Freshman Brice Matthews also continued his impressive fall. The second baseman was 1 for 3 and drove in a run with a bunt. Freshman left-hander Ethan Bradford finished the six-inning game by retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced, striking out three.

Singles by junior college transfer and shortstop Efrain Cervantes and Gunner Hellstrom represented the only Red hits. Left-handed freshman Emmett Olson pitched the final 2 1⁄3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned).

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