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Nebraska clobbers Michigan in Big Ten tourney

Austin Darby had 4 RBI's in Nebraska's 11-2 win over Michigan on Wednesday. Austin Darby had 4 RBI's in Nebraska's 11-2 win over Michigan on Wednesday.

After dropping a three-game series to the Michigan Wolverines (29-26) last week at Hawks Field, the Nebraska baseball team (26-28) responded with a 11-2 win on Wednesday afternoon over the Wolverines at Target Field in Nebraska's first game of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Sophomore Kyle Kubat dealt 7.0 innings on one-hit ball, while Blake Headley, Pat Kelly and Austin Darby each produced multi-hit days at the plate.  

Nebraska's pitching staff limited the Wolverines to five hits on the day, including just a pair of hits over the first eight innings. The Husker bats produced 12 hits on the afternoon, marking the sixth straight game the Huskers have pounded out double-digit hits.
On the mound, Kubat dominated the Wolverines, allowing just one hit over his 7.0 innings of shutout work. The sophomore lefty sat down Michigan's offense in order four times on the day and didn't allow a Wolverine to reach base until the top of the fourth. Kubat took a no-hitter into the seventh, where Kevin White broke it up with a two-out single.
Luke Bublitz pitched a scoreless eight and then Colton Howell took over in the ninth with an 11-0 lead. The Wolverines scratched across two runs off the freshman reliever on three hits.
Headley led all players with three hits, while Darby belted a pair of doubles and Kelly added two singles. Darby plated four runs on the day, as Nebraska's 6-7-8 hitters were 5-for-13 with seven RBIs.
Nebraska's bats got after Michigan starter James Bourque, who gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks over 4.1 innings. Bourque was tough on the Huskers during last week's series in the Lincoln, as he threw 3.2 inning of scoreless relief, giving up just two hits and striking out six.
Kubat allowed his first base runner of the game in the top of the fourth on a leadoff walk to Biondi, but then locked back in and retired Michigan's 2-3-4 hitters to keep Nebraska on top, 4-0.
The Huskers return to Target Field Thursday for a 3:35 p.m. game with the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes. Sophomore Aaron Bummer is scheduled to start for the Huskers, while the Buckeyes will counter with righty Brad Goldberg. The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
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