Nebraska finished off the season sweep of Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Tuesday night. Creighton led for most of the game, fell behind then tired to stage a rally in the ninth, but fell short to the Huskers 7-6.
Creighton got off to a quick start as the Jays scored three runs in the second inning. Sophomore Kevin Connolly and Senior Kevin Lamb delivered back-to-back singles adding two runs for the Jays.
Creighton later brought another man home to put the game at 3-0.
After a scoreless third inning, the Huskers challenged the Bluejays in the fourth inning, leading off with two runs then shutting down the Jays in the bottom of the inning.
The fourth inning marked the start of a back-and-forth battle as there were runs scored in each remaining inning.
Nebraska’s RBI single in the top of the fifth inning brought the game to a tie at 3-3.
After three scoreless innings for the Bluejays, Creighton brought in two runs during the bottom of the sixth inning.
Connolly recorded a hit to hit help put the Bluejays in scoring position and junior Ryan Fitzgerald was brought home followed later by Lopez’s RBI.
At the bottom of the sixth inning, Creighton was back on top with a 5-3 lead.
The seventh and eighth inning took a toll on the Bluejays as they failed to score runs in both innings, allowing the Huskers to gain three more runs.
“You have to find a way to keep that lead. It is really frustrating but I thought we did a really good job hanging in there,” junior Harrison Crawford said. “Even when they took the lead we found a way to scratch and claw back in but we have to find a way to put the foot to the ground and put games away a little better than we have.”
The Huskers had control of the game entering the ninth inning leading 6-5.
Nebraska scored their last run of the game in the top of the ninth before they struck out.
Creighton stepped up to the plate needing a rally to avoid the sweep, and they almost pulled it off.
Lopez came in strong with a triple that was later followed by a double by junior Reagan Fowler, cutting the lead to only one.
However, Fowler was stranded at third at the end of the game as the Bluejays couldn't bring him home for the tying run.
“I knew that we were going to bunt the next guy then I was just hoping that someone would either got a hit or sacrifice but it didn’t happen,” Fowler said.
The Bluejays have a quick turn around, traveling to Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday.
“It’s good that we do play tomorrow, we have a couple things we got to work out on but I don’t think we will have any issue tomorrow to getting ready to play,” head coach Ed Servais said.
Creighton will take on South Dakota State at 6 p.m. Wednesday.