Tyler Farst’s ninth-inning RBI single plated Adam Bailey with the go-ahead run, as Nebraska overcame a 10-run deficit for an 11-10 win over North Dakota Tuesday evening at Hawks Field.

 


Tyler Farst’s ninth-inning RBI single plated Adam Bailey with the go-ahead run, as Nebraska overcame a 10-run deficit for an 11-10 win over North Dakota Tuesday evening at Hawks Field.
Farst sent a 3-1 pitch from Kris Kwak to center for his second hit of the game, scoring Bailey from second and touching off a celebration, as Nebraska overcame its largest deficit since also overcoming a 10-run deficit in a 14-13 victory against Iowa State in 2000.  The win was also NU’s first win in its final at-bat after losing five times in its 11 losses this season in an opponent’s last at-bat.
Bailey, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, provided a key moment earlier in the inning, as he battled through a 13-pitch at-bat before tying the game with an RBI double to score pinch-runner Khiry Cooper.
“That was a big at-bat for us. I’m happy for them and thrilled that they came back,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “They figured out a way to win. That’s one of the biggest steps. I don’t care how it is, where it is, it’s a huge step. We’ve been on the other side of that this year, not necessarily 10-0, but we’ve had those things happen. We’re ready to get this game back even where we get our share of those things to.”
The heroics made a winner of reliever Chase Adams, who went a career-long 5.2 innings for the win. Adams (2-0) overcame a shaky start to held North Dakota off the board for the final five innings, allowing Nebraska to manufacture a comeback. Adams fanned four in his longest relief effort of the season and didn’t allow a runner to reach scoring position over the final four innings.
“We needed a hold, and that is what Chase gave us tonight,” Anderson said. “When you get behind and you have a pitcher that can do that and put up zeros, the only chance we have to win is if we have Chase Adams doing that. That’s the only chance.”
Kwak (1-1) took the loss, as he allowed two runs in 1.1 innings of relief.
The Huskers belted four homers on the night, including a two-run shot by pinch hitter Cade Thompson and an eighth-inning grand slam from Cody Asche to pull the Huskers within 10-9. Chad Christensen also homered and drove in two runs, as NU totaled 13 hits on the night.
It looked bleak for the Huskers early on, as the Fighting Sioux jumped to a 10-0 lead after three and a half innings. In the second, a two-run double by Jabby Bakhit and a two-run homer by Josh Lagein spotted the visitors a four-run cushion off of NU starter Sean Yost.  UND added one in the third on an RBI double by Andrew Gudmunson before scoring five more in the fourth, including a three-run double from Gudmunson, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs on the night.
The Huskers (13-11) began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the frame, as Bailey belted his Big 12-leading ninth homer off the foul pole in left before Christensen’s RBI single scored Asche to make 10-2. In the sixth, Thompson came off bench to blast a two-run homer off of UND starter David Lind to cut the deficit to six runs. Christensen then drilled his fourth homer of the season one inning later to trim the deficit to 10-5.
NU kept battling in the eighth, as a walk, a Bailey single and a North Dakota error loaded the bases for Cody Asche, who blasted a 3-1 pitch from Brandon Baumgartner over the fence in left for his fourth homer of the year to make it 10-9 game and setting up a dramatic finish.
With one out in the ninth, Kale Kiser drew a walk – one of three for the sophomore and Cooper came in to pinch run. Bailey fell behind 1-2 and fouled off five straight pitches to stay alive. Bailey eventually got the count to full and fouled off another pitch before finding the gap in right center for the game-tying hit.
The two teams will return to action Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. as Khris Tate looks for his first win as a Husker.