Rice: Berry good start for Nebraska

By Jonathan Yardley - February 24, 2007

Rice freshman Ryan Berry might have rather had the extra minutes a rain delay would have provided - he looked mortal in the first inning for the first time all season, and Nebraska rolled to a 4-0 lead.

With one on and one out, Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson started Jeff Tezak from first base, and it paid off when Rice could only get one out on Ryan Wehrle's chopper to second instead of an inning-ending double play. Four successive hits followed, including a two-run triple from Nick Sullivan, making it a 4-0 game. The wet conditions made it impossible for outfielders to make a play on any of the runners, so I expect some aggressive baserunning in this one.

Nebraska's four first-inning runs doubled the season total against Berry, who came into the game with a 1.08 ERA in three outings, two of them starts.

Nebraska's starter, 6-foot-3 sophomore Charlie Shirek, had an eight-pitch bottom of the first inning.

Posted by Jonathan Yardley at 02:34 PM on February 24, 2007

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