Huskers Rout Creighton, 21-5
Omaha, Neb. – Adam Bailey had a Rosenblast of his own, driving in a career-high eight RBIs, as the Nebraska baseball team routed Creighton, 21-5, Tuesday evening in the final game between the two teams at Rosenblatt Stadium
Bailey went 3-for-7 with a homer and eight RBIs, as his RBI total was the most by a Husker since Craig Moore drove in10 runs against Chicago State on March 16, 1999. Bailey was one of several Huskers who enjoyed career evenings, as Nebraska (24-27) pounded out 26 hits, tied a season high with 21 runs and established school record with 11 doubles, the ninth-highest total in NCAA history.
DJ Belfonte and Kyle Bubak had four hits apiece, as Bubak scored four times, while Belfonte tied a school marked with three doubles. Kale Kiser also set career bests in both hits (three) and RBIs (four) as he had two doubles and a triple, helping NU score 21 runs in the first six innings in taking the final game of the season series between the two teams.
Freshman Luke Bublitz (1-1) earned his first win, allowing one run on four hits over three pre-determined innings of work. NU used seven pitchers, while the Bluejays (24-22) used eight of their own in allowing the most runs to a Husker team in program history.
Nebraska took advantage of a pair of Creighton errors en route to putting up five runs in the top of the first inning – its highest first inning total of the season. With one out, Bubak doubled before back-to-back errors on CU first baseman Ian Dike allowed Bubak to score NU’s first run. The Huskers loaded the bases for Cody Asche, who made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to left before Kiser plated two more with a triple into right center – his first career triple. Tyler Farst made it a 5-0 game with an RBI single off of Creighton starter Greg Hellhake with an RBI single to center Hellhake (1-1) allowed five runs on four hits as he didn’t get out of the first to take the loss.
After Creighton pushed across a run in the first, Bailey broke the game open in the second with a three-run homer – his 17th of the season – to make it an 8-1 game. NU took the suspense out of the game with a five-run third, pounding out six hits, including RBI doubles from Peters, Scheffert and Kiser, to make it 13-1. Bailey who drove in runs in each of his first four plate appearances, made it 16-1 with three-run double in the fourth, as he topped his previous best of six RBIs.
Dike and Trever Adams both homers and drove in two runs apiece for Creighton, but it was too little, too late as the Huskers built a 21-2 cushion after six innings.
The Huskers will close out the regular season this weekend with a three-game series against Texas Tech. Friday’s first game is set for 6:35 p.m. with afternoon games set for both Saturday (2:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.