OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraska collected 11 hits and scored 10 runs against three different Creighton pitchers as the 12th-ranked Cornhuskers knocked off the Bluejays 10-2 in five innings Wednesday night at the CU Sports Complex. The run-rule win was the first for the Huskers over the Bluejays since 1997, while the game is the first run-rule win the series since the Bluejays topped the Huskers 13-1 on April 9, 2008.
Nikki Haget singled to lead off the game for the Huskers and two walks from starter Sammy Snygg loaded the bases for Ashley Guile. The NU first baseman singled to drive in the first run of the game. Snygg worked out of the jam without allowing any more runs to cross the plate in the first.
The Huskers (31-6) plated four runs with two outs in the second inning to push ahead by five. The key hit in the inning was a bases loaded, bases-clearing double off the bat of Guile.
Brittany Telecky came on in relief of Snygg in the third inning and after striking out the first hitter she faced, a walk and two singles loaded the bases for NU's leading hitter Taylor Edwards. The freshman catcher drove in a pair of runs to give her three in the game and 53 on the season. NU would add another run to give the nationally-ranked visitors an 8-0 lead.
Creighton (18-18) scored its first run of the game with the help of a Husker error in the bottom of the third inning. Ellen Homan, who had singled in her first at bat, doubled down the right field line and came around to score when Julie Brechtel misplayed a ball at second base off the bat of Amy Baker.
A bases loaded walk to Taylor Edwards in the fourth inning allowed the Huskers to regain their eight-run lead, going ahead 9-1.
The Bluejays pushed across their second run of the game in the same fashion, as pinch-hitter Brittnie Kreiser worked a bases loaded walk to make the score 9-2. Ball four to Kreiser proved to be the final pitch for NU starter Tatum Edwards, as NU ace Ashley Hagemann relieved to retire the next two Bluejay batters and keep the Husker lead at seven.
Tatum Edwards hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to once again give the Huskers an eight-run lead and conclude scoring in the game.
Tatuum Edwards improved to 6-0 with the win, lasting 3.1 innings before giving way to Hagemann. The rookie righty allowed four hits and one earned run, walked two and struck out five. Hagemann allowed one hit and one walk, but recorded a strikeout for all five outs she notched in relief.
Snygg (1-7) took the loss for Creighton, surrendering five hits and five runs in two innings. Telecky allowed four hits and three runs in her inning of work and Hovinga allowed two hits and two runs in two innings out of the bullpen.
Homan collected her team-leading 12th multiple hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Taylor Edwards finished 2-for-3 with four RBI, while Guile also had two hits and four RBI for the Huskers. NU had not run-ruled the Bluejays since a 10-1 five-inning win on April 3, 1997.
Creighton continues its longest home stand of the season when it plays host to Wichita State this weekend at the CU Sports Complex. The Bluejays and Shockers will play a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday and conclude the series with a single game on Sunday.
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