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Iowa baseball vs. Nebraska in Big Ten tournament: Final score, stats, highlights

Iowa pitcher Grant Judkins (7) glances toward a runner at first base during a game at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa pitcher Grant Judkins (7) glances toward a runner at first base during a game at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

No. 5-seed Nebraska walloped No. 8-seed Iowa 11-1 in a Big Ten baseball tournament game that was moved from Thursday night to Friday due to storms that hit Omaha.

The Huskers (30-20) move on to Saturday's semifinals while the Hawkeyes (31-23) turn around and play in an elimination game later Friday.

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» Nebraska takes advantage of Iowa's pitching in Big Ten baseball tournament

Turning point: Iowa took a 1-0 lead on Mitchell Boe's second-inning single, but that was basically the last of the good news for the Hawkeyes in this one. The Huskers immediately pounced on Iowa starter Grant Judkins in their half of the second. Spencer Schwellenbach hit an RBI double and Cam Chick delivered an RBI single. Aaron Palensky then greeted reliever Jason Foster with a bases-loaded RBI single and Angelo Altavilla followed with a sacrifice fly.

MVP: Hagge set the tone at the top of Nebraska's lineup. He was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and walk and scored two runs, including the "walk-off" winner. The game ended in eight innings via the tournament's mercy rule as Chick's sac fly brought home Hagge, who led off the eighth with a triple. Tip of the cap as well to starting pitcher Nate Fisher, who settled in after a shaky second inning, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out seven in seven innings.

Key stat: 1 1/3. Judkins only made it through four outs in this one. In a postseason setting, a starter getting knocked out early is the last thing teams want to see. Judkins allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.

Up next: Iowa faces No. 4-seed Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. Friday (BTN). The loser goes home, the winner lives to see another day.

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