Below is a sampling of what the Husker players and coaches had to say after beating Michigan 11-2 and advancing in the Big Ten tournament.
Nebraska plays Ohio State at 3:35 p.m. Thursday. Plenty more on NU’s first-round win to come on Omaha.com. Stay tuned.
On the performance of Kyle Kubat (7 IP, 1 H, 6 K): “It’s pretty much what he does. He pounds his fastball in to righties, it opens up the whole plate. He’s able to throw his changeup in any hitter’s count he wants. And he competes. … I thought his breaking ball was as sharp as it’s been. He doesn’t throw a ton of them, but you throw a wrinkle in and it’s a pretty effective three-pitch mix.”
On his approach Wednesday: “As always, it was establish first-pitch strikes, get ahead of hitters and put them away.”
He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. His mind-set then: “I wasn’t really looking at pitch-count. Just kept competing. If you think about anything else, you’re not going to be focused on the hitter.”
On his three-run double in the fifth inning, putting NU up 7-0: “I kind of went up there thinking, ‘He’s going to try to beat me with a fastball here. Just be on time with it.’ … It was a great feeling finally getting that off a lefty, because it’s been tough throughout the season hitting lefties. This is a good confidence boost in the long run. It’s going to help me a lot, getting that hit off of him.”