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Cornhuskers shell out 50 runs against Chicago State
Posted: Wednesday March 17, 1999 12:55 PM
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- Nebraska led 19-0 after the second, 23-0 after the third and 32-2 after the fourth.
Not too unusual on crisp autumn afternoons in Lincoln, Neb. This time, however, it was innings, not quarters.
The Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in a record-setting baseball game that must have caused plenty of double-takes by anybody perusing the scores. Even the players had trouble digesting it.
"I've never, ever seen a score like this," said Nebraska infielder Craig Moore, who went 5-of-7 with a school-record 10 RBIs. "I've never even dreamed about my team scoring this many runs."
Coach Dave Van Horn's team set two NCAA scoring records and another record with 48 RBIs. He said the Huskers' aluminum bats kept plinking out hits throughout the second game of a doubleheader.
"You feel bad for the other team," 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 game, 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.
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 its 1994 game and Clemson also had 37 against North Carolina State on April 6, 1979.
The Huskers scored their 50 runs against five Chicago State pitchers. Nebraska's 35 hits were six short of the single-game NCAA record of 41, set by Memphis against Delta State on April 18, 1978.
Amazingly, Nebraska failed to set any 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.
Care to chew some more numbers? Chicago State's pitchers issued 16 walks and the Cougars committed five errors. The Huskers had 51 at-bats, nine home runs and only three strikeouts.
And how about this? 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," Van Horn 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.
The Huskers were coming off a 10-day layoff.
Chicago State, 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.
"Once we got up on them, they kind of folded," Moore said.
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