The Husker bats that were silent in a loss Saturday to Arkansas came alive Sunday afternoon against New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Nebraska (33-13, 31-12 Big Ten) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning and added another in the third. After the Highlanders (27-24, 23-17 American East) scored in the top of the fourth, the Huskers ran up eight runs in the bottom half before tacking on six more in the fifth.
Both teams added runs in the final third of the game en route to an 18-4 final score, eliminating NJIT.
Shay Schanaman had perhaps his best outing of the season, going 7.0 innings with five strikeouts and giving up just four hits and one earned run. Caleb Feekin (1.0 IP, 1 hit, 2 ER, 2 Ks) and Braxton Bragg (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K) combined to finish off the game.
At the plate, Nebraska ran up 19 hits. Eleven Huskers notched at least one hit apiece, with six of them putting together multi-hit efforts.
Joe Acker led the Huskers with his 4-for-5 day, knocking in two runs and scoring four himself. Cam Chick went 2-for-5 and led the team in RBIs with four.
Acker, Chick, Jaxon Hallmark and Brice Matthews all hit home runs. Chick’s was an inside-the-park effort as part of the eight-run fourth inning.
The 18 runs scored tied a Nebraska school record for runs in an NCAA Tournament game. The last time the Huskers scored so many runs was in the 2003 Lincoln Regional as the home team beat Eastern Michigan 18-2.
This is the first time since 2007 that Nebraska has recorded two wins in a regional.
The victory puts Nebraska into the regional final against Arkansas. The Huskers need a win Sunday night to force a winner-take-all game Monday. Sunday night's contest starts at 8 p.m. CDT and will be televised on ESPNU.