LINCOLN, Neb. – Luis Alvarado and Paul Tillotson combined on a seven-hit shutout as Nebraska evened its four-game non-conference baseball series against Cal Poly with a 4-0 victory Friday afternoon inside Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.
Alvarado (1-1) tossed seven scoreless frames, scattering five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, while Tillotson earned his first save with two scoreless innings.
With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 6-8. Nebraska improves to 7-6.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs had two runners on base in both the first and eighth innings and Colby Barrick doubled with two outs in the ninth, but Cal Poly could not capitalize each time, stranding eight runners on the basepaths for the game.
Nebraska scored a run in the third inning on a single, sacrifice bunt, passed ball and wild pitch, added two more in the fourth on a sacrifice fly and RBI single and one in the eighth on catcher Jesse Wilkening's solo home run to right field, his third of the year.
Cal Poly's seven hits included two each by junior center fielder Alex McKenna, junior second baseman Kyle Marinconz and freshman first baseman Tate Samuelson (pictured above), who is hitting a team-leading .373 on the year. McKenna sports a .345 mark and Marinconz .328.
Wilkening and shortstop Angelo Altavilla each had two of Nebraska's nine hits.
Mustang senior southpaw Trent Shelton (1-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts, receiving no run support for the second time in his last three starts.
The two teams wrap up the series with a 10:05 a.m. PST doubleheader Saturday, with freshman right-hander Darren Nelson (2-0, 0.55 ERA) and sophomore lefty Thomas Triantos (0-0, 0.93 ERA) to start on the mound for Cal Poly.
Photo above of Tate Samuelson courtesy of Lauren Pluim