The Huskers live to see one more day. They bounced back from a tough 3-2 loss against Ohio State Thursday with one of their more complete performances of the year.
Below are some comments about Nebraska’s 7-4 win in an elimination game. We’ll have a story and a notebook on Omaha.com later Friday night.
On the Huskers’ response after Thursday’s close loss: “Let’s be honest: Our guys were crushed. They really wanted that game last night. But we’re a very resilient group. They fight. We knew we needed to come out — especially after a team’s played a full game — and step on it right away. … With their backs against the wall after a tough emotional game, we could have came out and just went through the motions. That’s just not the kind of team we have.
How does he flip the switch to get back into a starter’s mind-set after nearly two months as a reliever? His answer: “I don’t know if it ever goes off. Every day, before the game, I play catch, I work on my flat grounds. Starting or relief, I just go out there and my main thought is just throw strikes, get out by out, inning by inning.”
On the three-run homer he allowed in the fifth: “I fell behind. I gave him every opportunity to hit the ball well.”
On his mind-set as Minnesota appeared to be seizing the momentum: “The biggest thing was, I was throwing strikes. I managed to throw my fastball for a strike. Just let it work. That’s pretty much what it came down to.”
MINNESOTA COACH JOHN ANDERSON
On Nebraska’s six-run fourth inning, when freshman starter Dalton Sawyer appeared to get rattled: “The game got going fast for him right there. If you watched him, he started going faster. He wanted to get the inning over with. Those are young players.”
On his three-run homer that cut NU’s lead to 6-4: “I was just trying to not let him beat me on the curveball again. I was just trying to stay close, trying to shoot the ball the other way. I got one inner-half, just threw my hands and got good contact. That felt great. i wasn’t trying to hit a home run. It just worked out.”