Nebraska 4 Fresno State 1
Fresno, Calif. – Freshmen Tom Lemke and Kurt Giller held a potent Fresno State in check, as Nebraska won the final game of the four-game series by a score of 4-1 Monday night at Beiden Field.
Lemke (1-0) tossed five shutout innings for his first career win, as the right-hander scattered five hits and struck out six in his Husker debut. Giller closed the door on NU’s first win of the season, going the final four innings for his first save, as he allowed one run on four hits.
Giller set down nine in a row heading to the ninth, as the Huskers took a shutout into the frame and were forced to hold off the late charging Bulldogs.
Fresno State opened the frame with three straight hits, pulling to within 4-1 on Trent Garrison’s RBI single and getting the tying run to the plate. Giller then found his groove again, fanned Kenny Wise for the first out before Bobby Coyle whistled a shot down the first base line which was snared by a leaping Tyler Farst, who went to first to double-up pinch-runner Andy Qualls for the game ending double play.
Eastern Michigan 3 Kansas 1
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Despite six strong innings from junior T.J. Walz, Kansas dropped its season-opener 3-1 to Eastern Michigan Monday evening at the Metrodome.
Walz held the Eagles to two runs on seven hits over six innings, but surrendered a solo home run to Matt Skirving and an RBI single to Ken Battison, which proved to be the difference for Eastern Michigan.
EMU pitcher Corey Chaffins held the Jayhawks to one run on just three hits over seven innings. Junior Jimmy Waters drove in KU’s only run of the game with a fourth-inning RBI single to plate Brian Heere, who walked to lead off the inning.
Kansas 9 Eastern Michigan 5
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior Cameron Selik earned his first victory of the season, holding Eastern Michigan to one run on two hits over six innings, while the Jayhawks sent 12 men to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to down Eastern Michigan 9-5 in the second game of the doubleheader Monday night at the Metrodome. EMU won the first game, 3-1.
Selik allowed just two base runners – an RBI double following an error and an infield single in the sixth – but was in control for most of the evening. He retired the first 10 men he faced, before EMU shortstop Aaron Crooks reached on an error with one out in the fourth.
Dating back to his NCAA Tournament victory against Coastal Carolina last May, Selik has allowed just one earned run on five hits over his last 12 2/3 innings.