LINCOLN — Scott Schreiber provided the Nebraska offense with an early jolt as the Huskers defeated Northern Colorado 8-2 in their home opener Tuesday at Haymarket Park.
It marks the 39th straight season that Nebraska has won its home opener.
The Huskers (4-6) hadn’t hit a home run in their first nine games this season. But in the bottom of the first inning, Schreiber hit the first pitch he saw from Northern Colorado starter Justin Mulvaney over the fence in left-center field for a three-run home run.
Schreiber, who hit a team-best 16 home runs last season, added to his RBI total during a three-run third as the Huskers raced to a 6-0 lead.
Luis Alvarado led off with a double to center field and later scored on a single by Schreiber. Jake Meyers, who finished the day with three hits, two runs scored and two steals, followed with a single that put runners on the corners. After Mulvaney struck out Angelo Altavilla for the second out, the Huskers got consecutive RBI singles from Jesse Wilkening and Alex Raburn.
Meanwhile, Nebraska starter Matt Waldron scattered four singles through the first four innings before Northern Colorado (6-8) got to him in the fifth. Three singles loaded the bases with one out, and then Cole Maltese delivered a two-run single that cut Nebraska’s lead to 6-2. Waldron then got a strikeout and a lineout to end the threat.
But the Huskers made sure the momentum didn’t stay with the Bears for long. In the bottom of the fifth, Nebraska scored runs on a wild pitch and a failed pickoff throw.
Nebraska relievers Robbie Palkert and Jake McSteen each pitched two shutout innings to close out the win. Northern Colorado threatened in the seventh as it had the bases loaded with no outs, but Palkert got a flyout and a 4-6-3 double play to escape without damage.
The eight runs were the most Nebraska has scored in a game this season.
Nebraska wraps up its two-game series with the Bears on Wednesday. First pitch will be 1:35 p.m.
Northern Colorado (6-8)……….000 020 000—2 10 3
Nebraska (4-6)…………………..303 020 00x—8 10 1
W: Matt Waldron. L: Mulvaney. 2B: NC, Tapia; NU, Alvarado. HR: NU, Schreiber (1).