April 23, 2014

Huskers use big comeback to avoid series sweep by Northwestern

With the tying run on third base and two down, Nebraska closer Josh Roeder slammed the door on the Wildcats to secure a 10-9 come-from-behind victory for Huskers in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Hawks Field. The Huskers trailed 8-2 after the top of the fourth, but fought back and rallied from a deficit of six or more of the first time since March 30, 2010. The Huskers improved to 26-16 on the year and 8-4 in conference play with the victory, while also avoiding a series sweep by the Wildcats.

Down 8-2 midway through the fourth inning, the Huskers managed four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to gain a 9-8 edge. The Wildcats knotted things back up with a run in the seventh but could not fend take the lead despite 16 hits in game two. including multi-hit outing from its first six batters.

Nebraska’s offense was paced by Blake Headley who produced a three-hit, three-RBI game with a pair of runs scored, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth. Headley has compiled multi-hit performances in six of his last eight games along with a trio of three-hit efforts. [Read more...]

Creighton baseball shuts out Villanova in series finale

Led by seven shutout innings from Matt Warren, Creighton claimed the series from Villanova with a 4-0 win on Saturday, April 19.

The win pushed the Bluejays’ 2014 record to 20-12-1 and Creighton’s BIG EAST mark to 5-1. Villanova, meanwhile, fell to 11-24 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

The Bluejay offense continued to get a lift from sophomore Joey Mancuso as the Missouri native opened the scoring in the second with a two-run single. Sophomore Reagan Fowler and junior Landon Lucansky set the stage for Mancuso, reaching on an error and a walk respectively. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring posiiton with one down and Mancuso made Villanova regret it with a single to left. [Read more...]

Wild win for Storm Chasers in extra innings

The Omaha Storm Chasers (9-8) scored their second walk-off win of the 2014 season in unusual fashion, with the winning run coming home on a wild pitch by Nashville Sounds (8-9) reliever Michael Blazek in the tenth inning. The Storm Chasers secured the 7-6 victory despite blowing a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning.

Omaha took advantage of erratic Sounds pitching all day recording ten walks and two hit batters as well scoring on three Nashville wild pitches, including two with the bases loaded. Johnny Giavotella scored the game-winning run in the extra frame, capping off a great day in which he reached bases in five of his six at-bats. With a double in the fifth inning, Giavotella moved in to a tie with former teammate Irving Falu (who played in today’s game) and 1970s Omaha Royal Dave Cripe for eighth place all-time on the doubles list at 84. Gio has had multiple hits in five of his nine games for the Chasers this season.

Omaha held a 6-3 lead with two outs in the ninth, but Nashville strung together two hits before outfielder Jeremy Hermida took Ramon Troncoso deep to right for a game-tying three-run shot. Chris Dwyer, who came on in relief after being activated from the disabled list today, and Troncoso had retired 13 of 14 batters before those three straight hits with two outs. The Sounds scored all six runs on homers, with Kevin Mattison hitting a solo shot in the third and Hunter Morris hitting a two-run bomb in the fourth off Omaha starter Aaron Brooks during his five innings. [Read more...]

Rough weekend for Creighton softball against league leading DePaul

The Creighton softball team fell 8-4 to league-leading DePaul at the CU Sports Complex Saturday.

Over 600 fans came out to the CU Sports Complex to cheer on Creighton (25-19, 6-8 BIG EAST) on a sunny afternoon, but the Jays fell behind early and could not recoup the lead in a setback to DePaul (33-8, 13-0 BIG EAST). As a result the Blue Demons swept the series to remain undefeated in BIG EAST play while Creighton sits sixth in the league standings but just one game out of third place.

Sophomore Blake Ringle led the Jays with a pair of hits and an RBI. Freshman Allie Reinhart posted two RBI in the game for CU. Seven different Bluejays connected at the plate in the game.

CU senior Becca Changstrom opened in the circle in game one for the Bluejays.

A three-run homer with two outs put the Blue Demons up 3-0 in the top of the first frame [Read more...]

Nebraska softball sweeps Ohio State

The 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team completed a three-game series sweep of Ohio State with an 8-0 five-inning victory in game two of a Saturday doubleheader in front of a school-record 2,204 fans at Bowlin Stadium.

The win marked Nebraska’s seventh straight win overall and the Huskers’ eighth consecutive Big Ten Conference victory. NU swept a series from a conference opponent for the second straight weekend. After outscoring Iowa 32-3 in a three-game series last weekend, Nebraska outscored Ohio State 30-1 this weekend, winning every game in six-or-fewer innings. The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game one of the series, but were shut out over the final 14 innings and never got a runner to third base during that time.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 33-13 on the season and moved to 11-4 in Big Ten play. Ohio State fell to 20-23 overall and dropped to 6-9 in the league. [Read more...]