The Nebraska baseball team (26-16-1, 9-5-1 Big Ten) returns home to host Rutgers (17-25, 5-7 Big Ten) for a three-game series this weekend at Hawks Field.
It is Military Appreciation Weekend at Hawks Field, meaning all veterans and military personnel receive free general admission with military ID for all three games. Nebraska will honor veterans Bob Cerv and George Sullivan this weekend. The first 750 fans through the home plate entrance on Friday night will receive a free Bob Cerv bobblehead. Sullivan celebrates his 90th birthday this weekend, and will throw out the first pitch on Sunday.
Friday night's series opener is set for 6:35 p.m., and will be televised on NET and BTN2Go. Saturday's game will start at 2:05 p.m., and Sunday's finale is slated for 12:05 p.m. The final two games of the series will be streamed on BTN Plus.
The Huskers won two of three games at Ohio State last weekend before Finals Week. Weather suspended Game 1 of the series in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, April 28, and the Buckeyes came out the next day with a 9-7 triumph. In Game 2, also on Saturday, April 29, NU notched a 3-1 win to tie the series. In Game 3 on Sunday, April 30, Nebraska held off a late Buckeye rally attempt, ultimately winning the rubber match by an 11-9 margin.
The Huskers are 12-5 at home this season as they enter the second-to-last series at Hawks Field in the regular season. After this weekend's series with Rutgers, NU hosts Michigan State for a three-game series next weekend. The Huskers are currently in second place in the Big Ten standings behind Maryland, who is 13-5 in conference play. Four teams are tied for third at 9-6 in the Big Ten. The logjam includes Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Purdue.
Rutgers defeated Wagner, 12-10, in its most recent outing on May 2 at Bainton Field in Piscataway, N.J. Last weekend, the Scarlet Knights won the series opener against Michigan, but dropped each of the last two games against the Wolverines. Prior to the Michigan series, Rutgers had won 2-of-3 against Iowa and Purdue after being swept by Maryland. Rutgers is 5-7 in Big Ten play, and 11-16 on the road.
Nebraska-Rutgers Series History