September 19, 2014

Jays avoid season sweep in win over NU

The Creighton baseball set a new TD Ameritrade Park Omaha record with 16 hits en route to an 8-1 win over Nebraska. The win improves Creighton to 19-23 overall and marks the teams third straight win, while the Huskers dropped their third straight.

The 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. After 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.

The Bluejays put up a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, using four hits to give the Jays a 5-1 lead. Nebraska brought in Aaron Bummer, and the right hander surrendered a leadoff single to Gerber down the right field line before Thornburg beat out an attempted sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second.

A fly out to left led to Murphy loading the bases with another single through the left side. After a Ross strikeout, McKewon singled to right field, scoring both Gerber and Thornburg.

Creighton continued its offensive dominance in the bottom of the seventh inning, expanding its lead to 8-1 with three runs on three hits in the inning. With one out, Staehely singled on the infield and advanced to third on a Gerber single to right center. A Thornburg walk loaded the bases before a bases-clearing double from Peter pushed across the final runs.