With the game deadlocked at 1-1 through the first seven frames, NU’s Bryce Nimmo led off the top of the eighth with a single up the middle, forcing UA starter Preston Guilmet from the game.
Left fielder Nick Jaros moved Nimmo over to second on a sacrifice bunt off of reliever Ryan Perry, and a wild pitch advanced him another 90 feet to place the go-ahead at third with one out.
Shortstop Ryan Wehrle delivered in the following at-bat with a double to left center to plate Nimmo and hand the Huskers a 2-1 lead.
Daniel Schlereth took over for Perry, and retired the final two NU batters in the frame, but a ball that right fielder Jon Gaston lost in the lights fell in for a double for Andy Gerch to lead off the ninth.
The Huskers took advantage and extended their lead to two after another sac bunt and a run-scoring single by Jake Opitz for a 3-1 lead. The Wildcats, who scratched together a season-low four hits in the loss and scored their lone run on a bases-loaded balk in the second, went quietly in order in the ninth.
The loss wasted an outstanding effort by Guilmet on the mound. The freshman right-hander went toe-to-toe with NU starter Tony Watson, going seven innings for a second-straight start. Guilmet (1-1) surrendered just two runs on six hits and finished with seven Ks and two walks, but was charged with the loss after Perry allowed the inherited Nimmo to score in the eighth.
NU’s Luke Gorsett hit his second home run of the Dairy Queen Classic in the second to hand the Huskers a 1-0 lead and Nimmo, Gerch and Opitz all finished with two hits in the game.
The Wildcats struck out a season-high-tying 12 times on Saturday and stranded eight runners on base, including five in scoring position. Junior Jason Donald saw his season-high 11-game hit streak come to an end after finishing Saturday’s contest 0 for 4.