OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team was held to a season-tying low three hits by a combined eight Nebraska pitchers in a 4-1 loss on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The loss drops the Bluejays to 15-21 overall on the season, while Nebraska improves to 27-15.
Nebraska put up single runs in each of the first two innings off Bluejay starter Nick Musec, while the Jays were baffled by Husker starter Ryan Hander. Both pitchers finished with 2.0 innings of work, with Nebraska posting two runs on six hits and the Bluejays picking up just one hit against Hander.
Creighton was held scoreless until they cut the Nebraska lead in half with a run in the sixth inning. With two outs, McKewon singled into left field and then scored on a gap-shot to right center field off Bemboom's bat. A walk to Nick Judkins put a pair of runners on base, but a ground out would end the threat, giving Creighton its only run of the night.
Bluejay relievers Mark Winkelman, Chase Webb and Kurt Spomer each put up scoreless innings through the middle of the game. Winkelman saw the most time, striking out three batters in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Webb and Spomer combined to allow just one hit and strike out one batter in 2.1 innings of work.
The Bluejay bats were silenced through the remainder of the game, reaching base just three times, twice via walk and once with a defensive error. But the Bluejays couldn't push any baserunners past second base in the final three innings.
Nebraska scored a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning off Reese McGraw. A leadoff infield single was followed by a pair of outs by the infield to put the runner on second with two outs. But a hit batter, defensive error and single to the outfield pushed across both runs for the Huskers.
The Bluejays play host to Illinois State on the weekend, playing a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series against the Redbirds. The two teams opened up MVC play last season in Normal, Ill., with ISU winning the Friday night game before the Jays earned the series win with victories in the second and third games.
NOTES: The 9,684 fans to see the game on Tuesday night were the most fans at a Creighton game this season ... Anthony Bemboom's RBI double extended his hit streak to seven games, the longest of his Bluejay career ... His double snapped a streak of 11 consecutive Bluejay outs at the plate ... Creighton has now scored four runs on just eight hits in the two combined losses against Nebraska ... The Bluejays did not have a leadoff hitter reach base safely all night, and were sat down in order in four different innings ... The two teams used a combined 13 pitchers (Nebraska 8 and Creighton 5) on the night, with no pitcher going more than 2.2 innings. The two used 14 pitchers combined in the May 10 meeting last season. ... Even with the high numbers of pitchers used tonight, both teams starting pitchers - Nick Musec (3-3) and Ryan Hander (2-0) remained the pitchers of record.