The 23rd ranked Nebraska Baseball team overcame 3 costly errors on the scoreboard, as they beat the Creighton Blue Jays Tuesday night 7-6. Nebraska used a rally in the ninth to score the winning run after Creighton had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The Jays looked like they would take control early. After a single and a double to lead off the first inning, the Jays would take advantage of an error to plate two runs. Scott Schreiber could not get to the bag in time to receive a throw from Jake Schleppenbach. The throw ended up behind Schreiber scoring the second Jay run.
After Creighton took the lead in the bottom of the first the Huskers would score six runs in the next two innings. After back to back walks by Ben Miller and Austin Darby to lead off the inning a pair of wild pitches would score the first Nebraska run. After a fielder’s choice and another walk Ryan Boldt would double, knotting the score at 2.
Nebraska would again find success in the third by platting four runs. The first two men would reach for the Huskers as Blake Headley walked and Tanner Lubach singeled. Headley would be out at third on a hit and run attempt for the second out of the inning.
With the Husker rally in doubt, four straight two out hits plated four runs. Austin Darby single putting runners on the corners with two outs. Schreiber then hit a bouncing ground ball to score Lubach. Christian Cox then delivered the big blow with a double down the left field line to score two more. Cox would then score on a Schleppenbach single putting the Huskers up 6-2.
Nebraska would find trouble in the seventh. After a one out home run by Creighton, Garett King would then allow a single and walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Jeff Chestnut would come in a get a routine ground ball that was booted by Schleppenbach to allow the Jays to pull within 6-4. After a groundball drove in another run the Jays inning ended with a groundball to Jake Placzek.
Nebraska would look for insurance in the top of the eighth but could not find it. After a Miller double, the Huskers stranded him. While the Huskers could not cash in, the Jays did in the bottom of the eighth. After a double and a single from the Jays, the Huskers called on Josh Roeder. Roeder recorded a strikeout, but on the play Lubach threw to second to try and get the runner stealing, but the throw bounced into center allowing the Jays to tie the game.
Nebraska would gain the run back in the top of the ninth. After Schleppenbach doubled down the right field line Boldt would hit a ground ball off the pitchers glove for an infield hit. With runners on the corners Placzek would deliver the go ahead single back up through the middle. With the Huskers up 7-6 Josh Roeder came back out to clinch the win. Roeder would work around a single, but would get a groundball to end the game.
Nebraska improves to 27-11 (5-4) on the year. Nebraska returns home to face the UNO Mavericks tomorrow night at Hawks Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.