OMAHA, Neb. -- A three-run eighth inning lifted visiting Nebraska to a 4-2 win over Creighton Baseball on Tuesday, April 8th, spoiling a dynamite performance by Bluejay freshman Jeff Albrecht.
Creighton had a three-game win streak snapped, falling to 15-11-1 on the year. Nebraska, which had three last at-bat victories over the weekend vs. Ohio State, used more late-inning heroics to win its fifth straight game and improve to 20-13 this spring.
A freshman from Omaha making his fourth career start, Albrecht was dominant while working into the sixth inning. He allowed just one hit in his first 5.1 innings of work before departing with a 2-0 lead with one out after Michael Pritchard's single up the middle.
Will Bamesberger and Max Ising relieved Albrecht in the sixth inning and escaped a bases-loaded jam, with the only blemish being Bamesberger's bases-loaded walk to Ben Miller that forced home Pritchard. The run would be charged to Albrecht.
Nebraska scored three runs in the eighth inning after Pritchard's fly out to open the frame. Losing pitcher John Oltman (0-1) walked Pat Kelly on four pitches before a single to Ryan Boldt put two on with one out. Creighton turned to BIG EAST saves leader Bryan Sova, but Taylor Fish would single through the left side to knot the score at 2-all. After a groundout moved runners to second and third with two away, Jake Placzek lined a single just past the glove of Sova to put the Cornhuskers ahead, 4-2. It was the second game-winning RBI this season for Placzek, joining the one he had in NU's 5-4, 10-inning, victory over Creighton on March 19th in Lincoln.
After falling behind for the first time all game, Creighton was retired in order to end both the eighth and ninth innings.
Creighton took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in both the first and second frames. Jake Peter opened the scoring with a homer to right field in the first inning. The Jays made it 2-0 in the second when Reagan Fowler tripled, then beat the throw home from left on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brett Murray.
Albrecht received a no-decision despite a career-long 5.1 innings of one-run ball. He was the first of six Bluejay hurlers on the night. The Creighton offense was paced by two hits from Brad McKewon, his 10th multi-hit game of the season.
Husker starter Jake Hohensee did not factor into the decision, allowing two runs in four innings of work. Austin Christensen picked up the next seven outs before Zach Hirsch walked his first man and then sitting down the final eight men he faced to improve to 3-0.
A crowd of 6,378 was on crowd for the televised contest, the largest in the state this season.
Creighton returns to action on Friday, April 11 as the Bluejays host Georgetown at 6:30 pm.
NOTES: Creighton fell to 8-1 when out-hitting the opponent this season and 12-1 when leading after seven innings ...The teams will meet for the third time this year on April 29th ...Nebraska wins the season-series from Creighton for the first time since 2012 with tonight's win ...Creighton, which hit just three home runs in 45 games at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in 2012 and 2013, now has three home runs in the ballpark in 13 games in 2014 ...Bryan Sova is now 6-for-8 in save situations this year. Both blown saves have come against Nebraska ...Creighton has had a triple in each of the last four games, including Reagan Fowler's tonight ... Ryan Fitzgerald had a single in the third inning to continue a hot spell. After starting the year 10-for-76, he's now 8-for-14 in the past four games to push his batting average from .132 to .200 ...Nebraska has allowed five runs or less in nine straight games.
More to come...