Published Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AT 12:26 AM / Updated at 12:29 AM
Quotes from Nebraska’s doubleheader sweep over No. 12 Arkansas
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Three Husker pitchers combined to throw the first no-hitter in 20 years, leading Nebraska to a 3-0 over No. 12 Arkansas in the first game of a doubleheader. Then NU used a three-run rally in the eighth inning and held on to beat the Razorbacks 4-2 in the nightcap.

Quite a day for NU baseball. Here are some leftover quotes…

DARIN ERSTAD

“I’m proud of my boys. They came out and battled, through some tough weather. A doubleheader at home. A lot of them came right from classes. Some guys had presentations. They came right over here and they just competed for 18 innings.”

On Blake Headley’s tie-breaking home run in Game Two: “I was actually telling Ty Kildow as soon as Blake gets to first, you’re going to run for him. And then Jake Placzek’s going in to shortstop. We were doing that. Let’s just say Blake blew that plan up, but I’ll take that.”

On the no-hitter: “Well, you surely don’t talk about it. Everybody can think about it. But I didn’t hear a word about it. I’ve been through a few of those. I’ve always felt, you’re at the mercy of this game. So if it was meant to be — we’re going to have a no-hitter today — then we are. You can never really figure out why those things happen.”

“I was behind Mark Buehrle’s (no-hitter in 2007) with the White Sox. You’re definitely thinking, Don’t screw it up. Don’t get a bad jump on the ball. Don’t do something that’s going to screw it up. … Another one of those special moments in a game that you don’t get to have very often. For our guys to feel that in their guts and to be apart of that is something they can never have taken away from them. That’s very special.”

KYLE KUBAT

“I noticed (the no-hitter potential) in the second inning. And I just kept throwing strikes. They kept swinging at them. I kept making good pitches. Before you know it, nine innings later, we had a no-hitter.”

“I don’t think I threw a single curveball. It was all fastball-changeup. Fastball in, changeup away. Put them away (with a) changeup down. They couldn’t get the timing down. So stick with what’s working.”

KASH KALKOWSKI

The hitters’ mind-set against the nation’s top pitching staff: “Keep our approach that we’ve had all year. Just keep seeing fastballs up, in and out. Just keep hitting. … With our hitters, we just competed all day, so that’s what worked out.”

“We played great ball. There’s just little things we need to work on still and we’ll improve. … Arkansas is a great team. I give credit to them. But we just battled.”

BLAKE HEADLEY

“I asked Kubat after the game, ‘So what were you thinking after the fifth inning when you got taken out?’ He goes, ‘I was a little disappointed but I knew (there was a pitch limit). It was just good to be back.’ He was excited.”

On the post-game celebration after the no-hitter: “There’s always music going on in (the locker room). People going crazy. It’s a fun time. We were ecstatic, but we knew we had another game to play.”

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.