LINCOLN, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team doubled its season
output of runs in the 9th inning, rallying to put up a pair of runs on
Nebraska's bullpen in the final frame, but two runs wouldn't be enough
as the Bluejays fell 5-3 to Nebraska on Tuesday night. The Huskers have
now won the series opener in eight of the last 10 seasons, with seven
of the 10 games being played in Lincoln.
The loss drops the
Bluejays to 13-15 on the season, while Nebraska improves to 23-12.
Nick Judkins walked to lead off the ninth inning, the Huskers brought
in Travis Huber to pitch. Scott Thornburg then singled up the middle,
putting a pair of runners on first and second. Anthony Bemboom then
picked up the only extra-base hit of the night for the Jays, doubling to
right center field and driving in both runners.
Alex Staehely then
singled to shortstop, a ball in the gap that didn't allow Bemboom to
advance to third. A strike out looking followed by a game-ending double
play shut down the Creighton rally in the ninth.
NCAA leading 11th start of the season, Ty Blach kept the Huskers
scoreless in his 2.0 innings of work. The southpaw gave up three hits
but struck out four, forcing the Huskers to strand three runners in the
opening pair of innings.
Nebraska struck first, however, putting
up a single run in the third and four runs in the fourth. The Huskers
used a pair of defensive errors, a passed ball, a wild pitch and three
infield singles to push across the five combined runs off Bluejay
reliever Nick Musec.
Creighton struggled offensively against Nebraska's opening pitcher
Jon Kelly, putting up just one run in Kelly's 8.0 innings on the mound.
In the sixth inning, Brennan Murphy drew a one out hit-by pitch and
advanced to second with a single through the right side by Chance Ross.
Ross had two hits on the night for the Jays, also picking up
Creighton's first hit in the fourth inning with a single off Kelly.
Murphy and Ross on first and second, Brad McKewon flied out to fight
field, driving the ball deep enough to allow Murphy to advance to third
base. A passed ball by Husker catcher Cory Burleson allowed both
runners to advance, giving Creighton its first run of the game.
Winkelman and Chase Webb each pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless relief,
as the duo allowed just one baserunner to reach (via error) in the final
four innings of play.
The Bluejays finished the night with six
hits, three of which came in
the final inning of play. Judkins and Staehely each had a pair of hits
for the Jays, while Bemboom and Thornburg picked up one hit each.
The Bluejays remain out of conference play through the weekend,
hosting South Dakota State on Friday and Sunday, with a single game
against Iowa sandwiched in on Saturday afternoon. All three games will
be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
NOTES: Creighton has now lost the opening game of the
three-game series with Nebraska in six of the last nine openers ... The
Creighton pitching staff surrendered just two earned runs on the night,
as Creighton made a season-high three errors. That is the most since
they committed three at Iowa (5/17/11) ... The Bluejay pitchers combined
to strikeout seven Huskers on the night, but possibly more impressively
did not issue a walk or hit a batter through the nine innings ...