Husker Baseball Team Scores 50 Runs
Mar. 17, 1999
It was a smashing effort Tuesday for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who set two NCAA scoring records and a record for total RBIs in routing Chicago State 50-3 during the second game of a doubleheader.
That's right. Fifty-to-three.
``When people see it in the paper, they'll probably think it's a misprint,'' said Nebraska infielder Craig Moore.
It was 23-0 after the third inning and 32-2 after the fourth. The game, which had been scheduled for nine innings, ended on the 12-run mercy rule after 6 1/2 innings. And this after the Huskers won the seven-inning first game 15-3.
``You feel bad for the other team,'' Nebraska coach Dave Van Horn said. ``You don't really know what to do. I mean, you've got to send a guy up to the plate, and you can't really tell him to try to make an out.''
The previous record for runs by a winning team was set by West Chester, Pa., which beat Philadelphia Textile 42-1 on April 7, 1994.
The Huskers (12-6) also established an NCAA record for winning margin _ 47 runs. The former record was shared by West Chester five years ago and Georgia Tech, which beat Earlham 41-0 on March 21, 1975.
Nebraska's 48 RBIs eclipsed the NCAA single-game record. West Chester had 37 RBIs in the 1994 game and Clemson also had 37 against North Carolina State on April 6, 1979.
Moore went 5-for-7 in the late game and his 10 RBIs were a Nebraska school single-game record. He said even from his Little League days, he couldn't recall a game so lopsided.
``I've never, ever seen a score like this,'' Moore said. ``I've never even dreamed about my team scoring this many runs. I didn't even think we'd score 15 runs in the first game.''
The Huskers pounded out their 50 runs against five Chicago State pitchers. Nebraska's 35 hits were six short of the NCAA single-game record of 41, set by Memphis against Delta State on April 18, 1978.
None of Nebraska's innings set NCAA records for single-inning scoring. The Huskers had nine runs in the first, 10 in the second, four in the third, nine in the fourth, 13 in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Nebraska slugger Ken Harvey hit two home runs in the first game and hit another pair in the second. His seven runs scored in the nightcap also set a single-game Nebraska record.
``I kind of felt bad for them (Cougars) but within reason,'' Harvey said. ``If I was on that team, I know how I would have felt. But you've also got to remember we have a job to do, too.''
The Huskers were coming off a 10-day layoff.
Chicago State (2-9), on the other hand, played last week in a tournament at Miami, returned home over the weekend and flew Tuesday to Omaha. The Cougars took the field shortly after their one-hour bus ride to Lincoln.
Eight players hit nine home runs for Nebraska. But Van Horn said the Huskers never stole a base and he denied trying to run up the score.
``We had four freshmen on the field at one time,'' he said. ``I started substituting in the top of the third. I didn't start three starters because I wanted to give some other guys some work.
``It's just that every time we hit the ball, we found a hole and we hit a lot of them hard,'' Van Horn said.