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Husker bats go cold in loss

It looked like Nebraska had solved its offensive woes following four straight wins at Haymarket Park.

But following the Huskers' 5-0 loss to Louisiana Tech on Friday night, it seems the Huskers still have some work to do.

Louisiana Tech starter Phil Maton blanked the Huskers over seven innings, allowing just four hits and striking out eight. The 2012 freshman All-American also pitched his way out of several jams.

Nebraska had its chances. The Huskers got runners to second base in each of the first three innings, but were unable to break through. Nebraska loaded the bases in the fifth inning with two outs for senior Chad Christensen, but the senior fouled out to end the inning. That was as close as Nebraska would come in the game, as Louisiana Tech reliever Jamie Gilley came on and blanked the Huskers in the eighth and ninth innings. Nebraska was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Friday.

"Our whole offense is based on getting guys on base and putting pressure on people," head coach Darin Erstad said after the game. "Obviously it's not going how we want and it's up to us as coaches to get it changed."

The Huskers got a strong start from senior pitcher Ryan Hander that went off the rails for one inning -- and it cost Nebraska.

Hander pitched 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out six. Hander ran into trouble in the bottom of the third, when the Bulldogs loaded the bases before Hander walked in the first run of the game. Louisiana Tech's Taylor Terrasas doubled in three runs on the next at-bat to give Louisiana Tech a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

"He competed well, but a four-run inning backed up by a one-run inning and there's your ballgame," Erstad said.

The teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday, that starts at 1 p.m. Christian DeLeon and Brandon Pierce will be on the mound for the Huskers.

Erstad was asked what he said to his team after the game: "I don't think you want me to say that. I'd rather keep that in-house," he said.

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