Lincoln - A career-high 8.0
innings from sophomore Jon Keller carried the Nebraska baseball team (23-12,
5-4 Big Ten) to its third straight win on Tuesday night in a 5-3 victory over
the Creighton Bluejays. Keller improved to 4-1 on the year, as he gave up just
two runs (one earned) on three hits, while striking out six.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native retired the first seven Jays he faced before giving
up a walk to Jake Peter. Cory Burleson then threw out Peter on a steal attempt,
his 16th runner caught stealing on the season. Keller got back in a groove and caught
Brennan Murphy looking at strike three to end the third. On the night, four of Keller's
six strikeout victims looked at strike three.
took the mound to start the ninth inning and looked to pick up the first
complete game by a Husker since his teammate Tom Lemke went the distance
against Texas A&M on May 2, 2010, but Keller saw his night come to an end after
issuing a leadoff walk to Nick Judkins.
Huber came in and gave up three straight hits, but bounced back with a
strikeout and a game-ending double play to secure the Huskers' 23rd win of the
Husker defense was solid throughout the night with a pair of double plays and a
few outstanding individual efforts. Josh Scheffert made of one the best plays
of the season in the top of the second when his momentum on a grounder down the
third-base line took him back behind the bag in foul territory, but he regained
his footing and rifled a laser across the diamond to get Scott Thornburg at
Huskers strung together nine hits on the night, including two each from Michael
Pritchard and Austin Darby. Chad Christensen drove in his team-leading 36th and
37th RBI's of the season and for the first time all year the Huskers failed to
draw a walk.
failing to score in either of the first two innings, when they led off both
frames with singles, the Huskers took a one-run lead in the third on a two-out
RBI single from Kash Kalkowski that scored Rich Sanguinetti.
did the rest of its scoring in the fourth with four runs on four hits and one
Creighton error. Darby got the inning going with a one-out single and moved to
second on a passed ball. The freshman then moved to third on a groundout by Pat
Kelly. With two down, Burleson caught the Jays napping with his third and the
Huskers' 24th bunt single of the season. Burleson then went first to third on a
single by Pritchard, who moved to second on the throw to third. With a chance
to end the inning the Jays instead cost themselves three runs, as Sanguinetti
reached on an error by Chance Ross at third that allowed Burleson to score and
extended the inning for Christensen to later drive in Pritchard and Sanguinetti
with a single.
the four runs against the Jays in the fourth, the Huskers have outscored their
opponents 47-7 in the fourth inning this season.
playing four straight at home, the Huskers hit the road this week for a three-game
series against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio. Friday's series opener
will be the first game between the two teams since 2001 and is scheduled for a
5:35 p.m. (CT) first pitch. The squads will meet again at Bill Davis Stadium on
Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:05 p.m. All three games will be video
streamed at OhioStateBuckeyes.com (subscription required), while Lane Grindle
and Jeff Culhane will have the call on the Husker Sports Network, including for
free on Huskers.com.