Creighton completes season sweep of the Huskers
Tuesday night’s matchup was a final tune-up game for in-state rivals Nebraska and Creighton as both get ready to make last-ditch efforts for postseason play.
In a tight game throughout, Nebraska just couldn’t ever get the bats going. The Big Red had four 1-2-3 innings at the plate, including a stretch of 11 consecutive batters retired in the 2nd-5th innings. The Huskers were only able to muster six hits against the Creighton staff. The missing offensive production resulted in a 5-4 loss.
“I didn’t think (Creighton’s) lefty was doing anything special but he was getting us out. We squared some balls up early and then he really settled in. (Hull) was able to establish his fastball late inside to our right-handers and we just really didn’t have an answer for him,” Nebraska’s head coach Darin Erstad said following the 5-4 loss.
Facing a left-hander on the mound in Hull, Erstad turned to the same lineup he put out in the previous meeting against Creighton. The lineup features Nebraska’s strongest hitters, Scott Schreiber and Jesse Wilkening, in the one and two holes, while the normal leadoff man in Mojo Hagge drops to the ninth slot.
Erstad has found success with this lineup in the past. In the lineup’s debut against Creighton two weeks ago, the Huskers scored nine runs. The 8-9-1-2 hitters went 8-15 at the plate, combining for eight RBIs and seven runs scored. Erstad looked to the same lineup the next game against Nevada, scoring another nine runs.
Unfortunately for Nebraska’s skipper, the same success wasn’t there this time against Creighton. Although they had mild success from the bottom of the lineup, the rest of the team couldn’t garner much production. Nebraska’s 9-1-2 batter combination was responsible for four of the team’s six hits, as well as scoring three of the team’s four runs. The 3-8 hitters were 2-17 (.118) at the dish.
The lack of offense comes in the midst of a hot-streak for Nebraska’s bats, who have scored 59 runs in their previous six games.
With this 5-4 loss to Creighton, the Bluejays complete the season three-game sweep over Nebraska.
Although this loss is frustrating from a rivalry standpoint, this game will have little effect on the season. Currently, Nebraska sits 1.5 games back from the eighth spot in the Big Ten with only six games remaining. Fortunately for the Huskers, they were able to save their strongest arms for this weekend’s series.
The Big Red welcome Indiana into Lincoln on Friday, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. (CT). Matt Waldron is expected to get the start for the Huskers. You can watch the game on NET or BTN+ ($), or listen to the game through the Huskers Sports Network.
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