Local Sports 6/4/2019

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Nebraska Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad announced Monday afternoon that he has resigned. Erstad said he was stepping away from coaching because “the bottom line is I do not want to miss seeing our kids grow up.” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said Erstad was the right individual to lead the Husker program, but understands the coach’s choice to spend more time with his family. Erstad guided the Husker program for the past eight seasons, leading the Huskers to a Big Ten Championship and four NCAA Regional appearances.

Three Nebraska football greats are among 76 players announced as finalists for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The 2020 ballot includes quarterback Eric Crouch, and linemen Zach Wiegert and Larry Jacobson. Crouch became Nebraska’s third Heisman Trophy winner in 2001 after leading the Huskers to the National Championship game. Jacobson was a stalwart on Nebraska’s first national title teams in 1970 and 1971. Wiegert was a 1994 unanimous first-team All-American. The 2020 class will be announced leading up to the 2020 College Football Playoff Championship in New Orleans.

The Creighton Baseball team ran out of gas in a winner-take-all battle with Michigan in the NCAA Tournament, falling 17-6 in the Corvallis Regional Final on Monday night. The loss ended Creighton’s season at 41-13, while the Wolverines advanced to the Super Regional. The Wolverines will face #1 UCLA next weekend.

The search for the next Big 10 Conference commissioner has ended. Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren is expected to be named commissioner on Tuesday morning at a press conference in Chicago. Jim Delany has said he’ll step down after the 2019-20 academic year. Delany has led the B1G since 1989.

The Hastings Sodbusters lost the Casper Horseheads 14-7 Monday night in Casper, Wyoming. Hastings got into a 13-1 hole after the second inning and could never recover. Grant Schmidt provided some offensive power for Hastings pwith both a three-run home run and a triple. Sodbusters and Horseheads will play the second game of the four-game series tonight at 7:35 in Casper.

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