Omaha, Neb. - The Nebraska
baseball team (29-19, 9-9 Big Ten) was unable to complete a season sweep of the
Creighton Bluejays on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park, as the Jays used 16 hits
to produce a 8-1 win.
Huskers' lone bright spot on the night came on the bat of Michael Pritchard,
who was 4-for-4 with a double and NU's lone RBI. The sophomore continued his assault
the Husker record book, as he extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a
single in the top of the first. Pritchard is now tied with Derek Dukart (1994)
for the third longest hitting streak at NU since 1958. Ken Ramos holds the No.
2 spot on the list with a 28-game hitting streak in 1987.
Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. NU
starter Tom Lemke retired the first two Jays he faced, before CU rattled off
five straight hits to plate three runs.
failing to get much going in the first two innings, Nebraska scored its first
run in the top of the third with its own two-out rally. Cory Burleson, Kale
Kiser and Pritchard all stroked two-out singles, with Burleson scoring on
Pritchard's hit to cut the Jays' lead to 3-1.
Husker bats went quiet and were retired in order in both the fourth and fifth
innings, before loading the bases with one out in the sixth. NU was unable to
come up with a clutch hit though, as Chase Webb struck out Josh Scheffert
looking and got Rich Sanguinetti to ground out to second to end the threat.
then loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame off NU reliever
Aaron Bummer. The freshman lefty struck out Chance Ross for the second out of
the inning, but couldn't get Brad McKewon, who dropped a two-out single into
shallow right field that scored two runs, extending the Jays' lead to 5-1.
Jays pushed their lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out double
by Jake Peter with the bases loaded. Peter lifted a ball to center field and
Sanguinetti came up just short of a catch on a diving attempt, allowing three
runs to score.
got back-to-back single to start the ninth, but Reese McGraw got a double play
and a pop out to secure the win.
Huskers get back to Big Ten action this weekend when they host the Minnesota
Golden Gophers for a three-game series at Hawks Field. The two squads open play
on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. and the game will be shown across the state on
NET. The series continues on Saturday and 2:05 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at