April 21, 2015

Nebraska baseball falls in extra innings for second straight day to Ohio State

NU MillerA 10th-inning RBI single off the bat of Aaron Gretz broke a 2-all deadlock, as Ohio State took the rubber game of the three-game series with a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field.

OSU (26-10, 9-3 B1G) was held in check by the Husker bullpen for most of the afternoon, as NU relievers Jake Meyers, Jeff Chesnut and Colton Howell combined for 6.1 shutout inning of relief until the Buckeyes struck in the top of the 10th.

One-out singles by Ronnie Dawson and Nick Sergakis set the stage for Gretz, who lined Howell’s 1-0 pitch to left, plating Dawson from second with the go-ahead run. OSU, which picked up its second-straight extra-inning win, tacked on two more runs later in the frame on Jake Placzek’s two-out throwing error, the Huskers only error in 29 innings on the weekend.

Nebraska (29-13, 6-6 B1G) got the leadoff runner on in the bottom of the 10th after a Tanner Lubach single, but could not sustain the threat, as Ben Miller grounded into a double play before Aaron Darby’s ground out ended the contest. [Read more…]

Huskers softball can’t survive Northwestern rally and falls in series finale

NU softballThe Nebraska softball team was three outs away from a sweep of Northwestern before the Wildcats rallied for a 5-3 win in the series finale Sunday at Bowlin Stadium.

It was a tight contest throughout that featured high drama in the late innings. Nebraska built a 3-0 lead after three innings of play, but Northwestern scored the game’s final five runs. The Huskers led 3-2 after six innings before the Wildcats used a two-run double to take the lead and an RBI double to add an insurance run.

Trailing 5-3, Nebraska loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. The next two Huskers both popped out before senior Mattie Fowler laced a line drive up the middle, where Northwestern’s Andrea Filler made a terrific diving catch to end the game. Adding to the drama, Northwestern recorded the game’s final out less than three minutes before the teams’ mutually agreed upon drop-dead time of 5:50 p.m. Had the drop-dead time been reached before the Wildcats recorded the final out, the game would have reverted back to the last completed inning, which would have given Nebraska a 3-2 six-inning victory. [Read more…]

Creighton softball drops series finale on the road at DePaul

CU RingleThe Creighton softball team fell by a score of 2-1 to DePaul in the series finale at Cacciatore Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Creighton (20-14, 5-8 BIG EAST) rallied in the top of the sixth to cut the DePaul (17-21, 8-3 BIG EAST) lead in half, but the Bluejays could not push across the tying run. The teams played evenly and were separated by one run, one hit and one error on the day. Four Jays registered a hit in the contest and the CU pitching staff combined for five strikeouts on Sunday.

The Bluejays continued to hold the Blue Demon bats in check by allowing five or fewer hits in the third straight contest this weekend. DePaul salvaged a win in the finale after Creighton swept the opening doubleheader on Saturday.

Junior Micaela Whitney earned the start in the circle for Creighton. [Read more…]

Creighton baseball washed out on Sunday, remain in 1st place tie with Red Storm

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Due to the combination of rain and travel restrictions, Sunday’s finale for Creighton Baseball and St. John’s has been cancelled.

Scheduled for a 12:00 pm start, the forecast calls for rain into the early afternoon. In addition the Red Storm are scheduled to return to New York on an early evening flight.

Saturday’s recap

The Creighton Baseball team dropped a 4-1 decision to St. John’s on Saturday, April 18.

The loss moved Creighton back into a tie with the Red Storm for first place in the BIG EAST conference as each team is 6-2. Creighton fell to 21-11 overall, while St. John’s moved to 21-13 on the season.

The Bluejays got the first run of the ballgame in the second inning as junior Brett Murraydrew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on an error. One out later Murray came home via an RBI single from junior Harrison Crawford. [Read more…]

Nebraska basketball inks Bakari Evelyn and Jack McVeigh to letters of intent

University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced Wednesday that Bakari Evelyn (Detroit, Mich.) and Jack McVeigh (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) have signed National Letters-of-Intent to join the Husker basketball program next season.

Evelyn, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard, spent the 2015 season at Hillcrest (Ariz.) Academy playing for Coach Nick Weaver. Evelyn averaged 25.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game in just nine games after GFVXSTNFQCWPFST.20150415224635becoming eligible following his transfer. He spent his first three seasons at Southfield (Mich.) Christian, helping the school to a 73-7 record and three straight Class D state titles. He was considered the top player in Class D and one of the best players in the metro Detroit area heading into his senior year. As a junior, he averaged 17.4 points and 4.4 assists per game, highlighted by a 28-point, seven-rebound and four-assist performance in the state title game victory. During his sophomore campaign, he averaged 20.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game to earn first-team all-state honors. Bakari, who also visited UTEP, is the son of Cassandra Stone and Gerald Evelyn.

“Bakari is a great kid with a big personality who is also an excellent student,” Miles said. “He is also a student of the game of basketball which excites me. He is a combo guard who shoots the ball well and uses screen and roll very well. He finds shooters and inside guys alike while penetrating, which has been an important missing ingredient in our style of play. Because of his attitude and the fact he can play either guard position, he’s a great fit for our program.”
McVeigh, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound wing, is one of the top international players in the class of 2015, as he attends the Australian Institute of Sport, the same program that produced seven NBA players in the last 15 years, as well as MVURGXPLLQBLVTN.20150415225018Husker great and 2012 Olympian Aleks Maric. McVeigh made his debut for Australia’s Senior National Team at the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge and was voted captain of Australia’s Under-19 National Team in 2014. He was unable to play because of illness, but the Under-19 team qualified for the FIBA Under-19 World Championships this summer in Greece. In addition, he was also chosen to play on the Australian Select Team in 2014 and represented his country at the 2013 adidas Nations event, averaging 11.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing against some of the top basketball players in the World in his age group. In domestic competition, he led his Queensland team to a runner-up finish at the 2014 National Under-20 Championships, averaging 27.5 points per game on 55 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds per game. His efforts earned McVeigh the Bob Staunton Medal as the tournament’s most outstanding [Read more…]