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Gunner Hellstrom's single lifts Nebraska baseball to win over Indiana

Gunner Hellstrom's single lifts Nebraska baseball to win over Indiana

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Gunner Hellstrom's second hit of the season proved to be worth the wait.

In an afternoon that featured a 53-minute rain delay, the Nebraska senior, who has had only seven at-bats this season, hit a pinch-hit tiebreaking infield RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as Nebraska edged Indiana 7-6 to snap a three-game skid. 

After a three-game sweep against Rutgers when the Huskers coughed up two late leads and were shut out in the finale, they put together a late-inning rally of their own on Saturday.

NU (21-10) trailed 5-4 going into the seventh, scoring a pair of runs on a single and an RBI groundout to take a 6-5 lead.

After the Hoosiers (22-10) tied it in the top of the eighth, Spencer Schwellenbach walked and moved to third on Cam Chick's single.

Hellstrom came up as a pinch hitter and grounded a 3-1 pitch to the right side of the infield. Indiana second baseman Paul Toetz slid to grab the ball, but had no chance to get Schwellenbach at the plate.

The win pulled the Huskers within a half game of the Hoosiers for second place in the Big Ten.

Schwellenbach also earned the win after he struck out two in 1⅓ innings of relief. Jack Steil drove in two, and Chick had two hits. 

Nebraska starter Cade Povich struck out nine in four innings, allowing one run. The Huskers had eight hits and took advantage of five Hoosier errors.

Nebraska led 4-1 before the rain delay. As the teams retook the field, Indiana scored four runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.

Nebraska will play a pair of games on Sunday, opening with Indiana at 10 a.m. and finishing with Rutgers at 2 p.m.

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