Jackson Brockett, Nebraska (NU photo)

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Nebraska’s Brockett makes history with first no-hitter since 1954

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It’s safe to say Nebraska junior lefthanded pitcher Jackson Brockett made the most of his midweek opportunity, firing off a no-hitter in a dominant 8-0 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night.

Brockett, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, from Buford, Ga., entered the night with 6.75 ERA, and he had made just six appearances so far this season. His last appearance was almost a month prior against Kansas, where he allowed a pair of runs in an inning of work. His longest outing of the year prior to Wednesday’s game against Kansas State was a two-inning scoreless stint against Nicholls.

But on this night, Brockett made history and recorded Nebraska’s first individual no-hitter since 1954, and the program’s sixth overall.

Brockett tamed one of the better offenses in the Big 12 Conference in the Wildcats. He struck out 12 and walked two, and out of 107 pitches, he tossed 71 strikes. The shutout was the third time this season K-State had been shutout. The other two instances came against UConn in midweek action and TCU last weekend in Fort Worth.

The Huskers remain in the mix for a regional host spot, but were not in the Top 16 in the latest D1Baseball Postseason Projections, released earlier this week. The Huskers are up five spots in the RPI to 20 after splitting a pair of midweek games. Though heavily in the mix for a host spot, there’s not a lot of wiggle room down the stretch with series remaining against teams such as Minnesota (124), Indiana (67) and Michigan State (110).

Jackson Brockett made history on Tuesday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

That’s what you call making the most of an opportunity.

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