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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.

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Baseball midweek update: Examining Nebraska’s NCAA resume

Those who saw any or all of the Huskers’ series loss to Northwestern last weekend are probably scratching their heads at the title of this blog.

NCAA resume? For this Nebraska squad? The team that blundered about defensively too often against the Wildcats? The same one that couldn’t consistently generate solid contact against a statistically mediocre pitching staff, while also running its way out of threats on the base paths along the way?

Yep. These wildly unpredictable Huskers still have at-large hopes.

Losing twice — at home! — to one of the nation’s poorest performing squads isn’t quite a death blow to Nebraska’s NCAA tournament prospects. Close, though. Go ahead and remove nearly all margin for error in its final month of resume building.

Of course, …

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Baseball: Northwestern at Nebraska preview

Update: NU announced that due to impending weather, Sunday’s game would be moved to Saturday. The Nebraska-Northwestern doubleheader will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

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Where: Haymarket Park
Radio: Huskers Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
TV: BTN on Friday; NET on Saturday
Online stream: Huskers.com (subscription required)

Game One
7:05 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (4-2, 2.73) vs. So. LHP Reed Mason (1-2, 5.06)

Game Two
12:05 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (5-1, 1.76) vs. Jr. RHP Brandon Magallones (0-5, 5.04)

Game Three
45 minutes after Saturday’s first game
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (4-2, 3.99) vs. TBD

Scouting Northwestern (8-24, 2-9 Big Ten): Freshman Matt Hopfner and junior Scott Heelan are tied for the team lead with …

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Baseball: Nebraska at Minnesota

Where: Siebert Field in Minneapolis
Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
Online stream: BTN.com on Friday; Gopher All-Access on Saturday (subscription required)
TV: BTN on Sunday

Game One
at 3:05 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (5-1, 1.05) vs. Sr. RHP Alec Crawford (3-1, 3.51)

Game Two
at 2:05 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (3-2, 2.84) vs. So. LHP Jordan Jess (0-5, 4.78)

Game Three
at 2:05 p.m. Sunday
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (4-2, 4.24) vs. Jr. RHP Ben Meyer (3-2, 2.65)

Scouting Minnesota (17-11, 5-4 Big Ten): The Gophers have finished first or second among Big Ten squads in team ERA each of the last five seasons, but they’ll need a strong finish to make that happen in …

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Baseball: Nebraska at Creighton; Kansas State at Nebraska

Where: TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday; Haymarket Park on Wednesday
Radio: 1620 AM KOZN on Tuesday; Husker Sports Network
TV: NET on Tuesday
Online stream: Huskers.com on Wednesday (subscription required)

Nebraska (19-13) at Creighton (15-10-1)
at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Pitchers: Fr. RHP Jake Hohensee (0-3, 7.98) vs. LHP Jeff Albrecht (0-0, 4.50)

Kansas State (18-13) at Nebraska
at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday
Pitchers: So. LHP Landon Busch (2-1, 4.18) vs. Jr. LHP Kyle Kubat (2-1, 5.25)

Scouting Creighton: Jeff Albrecht hasn’t allowed a run in his last three outings, surrendering three hits and striking out six batters in five scoreless innings. NU’s lineup has struggled with left-handers at times this year. … Senior Brad McKewon, junior Jake Peter, senior Mike Gerber and sophomore Reagan Fowler have …

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Practice report: Coordinators share their spring ball evaluations

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck and defensive coordinator John Papuchis spoke with reporters for the first time this spring after Monday’s practice. As you could have guessed, there was plenty to talk about.

A few of the highlights are below. We’ll have more in Tuesday’s edition of The World-Herald.

>> Papuchis said redshirt freshman Marcus Newby is “probably a year away” from making an impact at linebacker — given what Newby needs to learn and the number of already seasoned guys he’d have to surpass on the depth chart. But Newby’s found a role rushing off the edge. And Nebraska will benefit from having his explosiveness in pass-first situations, according to Papuchis. “It gets us as fast as we possibly can be with he and Randy …

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NU baseball weekend recap: Catcher reflects on three straight complete games

Junior Tanner Lubach was behind the plate for all 326 pitches thrown by the three Nebraska starters, who were so good over the weekend that no Husker reliever made an appearance in NU’s series sweep of Ohio State.

“It makes my job easy back there,” Lubach said. “That’s what you want.”

Put down the signs and stick out the glove. That was Lubach’s duty during the weekend. No real pep-talks were needed.

Lubach simply got to enjoy the three players’ remarkable feat, perhaps getting the best view of anyone. Back-to-back-to-back complete games — when a Nebraska pitcher hadn’t thrown nine innings and earned the win in four years.

Senior Christian DeLeon, junior Chance Sinclair and junior Aaron Bummer combined to strike out just 11 total …

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Practice report: Pelini evaluating individuals in NU’s scrimmage

Coach Bo Pelini’s most recent message to his players: You’re running out of time to make an impression this spring.

So that made Saturday’s scrimmage quite important for the group — especially those on the second and third teams who Pelini and the coaches are monitoring closely as Nebraska builds depth.

Generally speaking, Pelini said the players on top units have all had their moments. He’d like to see more consistency on an individual basis, though. And now that Saturday’s scrimmage has concluded, there are just two more full-padded practices for the Huskers to take that next step (not counting the Red-White game).

“I don’t really get caught up in the results — who did this, who did that, as far as three-and-outs and some of …

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Baseball: Ohio State at Nebraska

Where: Haymarket Park
Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
Online stream: BTN.com (subscription required)
TV: NET on Saturday

Game One
at 6:35 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Sr. RHP Greg Greve (3-2, 5.26) vs. Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (2-2, 3.00)

Game Two
at 2:05 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Fr. LHP Tanner Tully (3-1, 2.06) vs. Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (4-1, 1.28)

Game Three
at 1:05 p.m. Sunday
Pitchers: TBD vs. Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (3-2, 5.46)

Scouting Ohio State (18-10, 2-4 Big Ten): The Buckeyes had to replace their entire weekend rotation. But the new starters have all showcased their potential at some point so far. Riga pitched a complete game shutout at Oregon. Greve threw six scoreless against Pitt, striking out nine and allowing just one …

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Baseball: Nebraska at Arkansas

Where: Fayetteville, Ark.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
Online stream: ESPN3 on Tuesday; Huskers.com on Wednesday (subscription required)

Game One
at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday
Pitchers: Fr. RHP Jake Hohensee (0-2, 7.59) vs. S0. LHP Colin Poche (2-0, 0.53)

Game Two
at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Kyle Kubat (1-1, 4.91) vs. Fr. RHP Alex Phillips (2-0, 1.29)

Scouting Arkansas (17-10): The Razorbacks have all sorts of talent on the mound once again. They began the week ranked seventh in team ERA (2.22) and seventh in hits allowed per nine innings (6.6). Their six shutouts are tied for the seventh-most nationally as well. … That kind of pitching doesn’t allow for many comebacks. Arkansas is 16-1 when it scores first and 15-0 …

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NU baseball weekend recap: Aggressive hitting approach sometimes costly

UNLV’s pitchers had established themselves as strike throwers. And Nebraska clearly didn’t want to fall behind in the count Sunday.

The result was NU’s rather aggressive mind-set at the plate — even for the Huskers, who’ve not recently been a team full of hitters with a preference for grinding out at-bats.

Nebraska hitters didn’t force UNLV starter Bryan Bonnell to throw more than 10 pitches in an inning until the fifth, when he faced his first three-ball count of the afternoon (he threw 12 that inning). They jumped on the first appetizing pitch they saw — and to their credit, often made solid contact. But there just weren’t enough hits clustered together to completely rattle Bonnell or exhaust him to any significant degree.

The good

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