Gabe Swansen’s two-homer day helps keep Nebraska’s season alive

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska baseball team kept their College World Series hopes alive Saturday afternoon after winning their sixth elimination game of the postseason.

Gabe Swansen was the hero for the Huskers as his two home runs helped Nebraska beat Niagara 7-5 in the Stillwater Regional.

Swansen finished the game 2-for-5 from home with two runs and two RBI’s.

Niagara’s bats were hot early.

A pitch hit Nick Groves in the first inning, then a single to right field by Brady Desjardins allowed him to advance to third base.

MAAC Player of the Year Eric Rataczak took a first-pitch fastball over the left-center field wall to give the Purple Eagles a 3–0 lead.

Groves was also active in the second inning, hitting a sacrifice fly to left field to score Vincent Mauro, extending the Eagles’ lead to 4.

The Huskers finally woke up in the top of the third inning.

A single by Dylan Carey and a walk by Joshua Overbeek led to a three-run explosion by Case Sanderson, making the score 4-3 in favor of Niagara.

Overbeek started the fifth inning with a bang.

A triple against the left-center field wall allowed Sanderson to hit a sacrifice fly to center, tying the game at 4.

Continuing his red-hot streak, Swansen hit a solo shot to left field to give the Huskers a 5-4 lead.

The Purple Eagles wasted no time getting that point back.

Desjardins took the first pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning and sent it over the left field wall, tying the score at 5.

Nebraska rode the momentum from the fifth inning to the sixth.

A Tyler Stone double into the right field corner and a pitcher’s error on a bunt by Rhett Stokes gave the Huskers a 6-5 lead.

Swansen came up big again for the Huskers in the seventh inning, hitting his third home run of the regional to give the Huskers a 7-5 lead.

Starting pitcher Mason McConnaughey’s day was over after six innings of work.

McConnaughey had a rough start, giving up four runs in the first two innings, but shut down the Eagles’ lineup the rest of the way.

He finished with 10 strikeouts while giving up five runs on five hits.

Nebraska’s Jalen Worthley was numb with relief.

Worthley closed out the rest of the game, pitching three innings, giving up only three hits and blowing two.

Sanderson led Nebraska in RBIs with four. Carey was also very productive for the Huskers with two hits and a run.

The Purple Eagles were led at home by Desjardins with three singles and an RBI.

The Huskers will face the loser of Oklahoma State and Florida in another elimination game on Sunday evening.

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