May 23, 2015

Omaha Westside, Lincoln Pius X win State Baseball titles

NSAA+LogoClass B

Lincoln Pius X used a three-run fifth inning to win its second straight Class B state title with a 6-3 victory over Norris in Thursday’s championship game at Haymarket Park.

Class A

Matt Waldron tossed a no-hitter striking out 12 as Omaha Westside took the Class A state baseball championship 1-0 over Millard South Thursday at Werner Park.

Late Spartans rally eliminated Huskers from Big Ten Tournament

NU KubatThe No. 8 seed Nebraska baseball team (34-23) had a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon at Target Field, but the No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans (34-22) exploded for six runs in the frame on its way to a 9-7 victory that eliminated the Huskers from the Big Ten Tournament.

The Huskers entered the game 28-1 on the year when leading after seven innings, but were unable improve to 29-1. Reliever Ben Miller took the mound in the eighth and gave up a walk to Brandon Hughes to start the frame. The bases were quickly loaded following singles by Chad Roskelly and Anthony Checky. Dan Durkin stepped in and Miller issued a four-pitch walk to plated a run. NU went to senior Josh Roeder and NU’s all-time saves leader came into a jam, the bases loaded and no out. With the tying runs on base and the top of MSU’s order coming to the plate, Roeder plated a run with just his third walk of the season before Ryan Krill delivered a grand slam that put the Spartans ahead, 9-7, it was Krill’s 13th homerun of the season. [Read more…]

Creighton baseball takes Big East tournament opener from Seton Hall

CU FitzThe second-seeded Creighton Baseball team topped third-seeded Seton Hall 7-4 on the first day of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Thursday, May 21.

Creighton improved to 31-17 with the win while Seton Hall dropped to 24-24. The Bluejays will face top-seeded St. John’s at 7 p.m. CT Friday night on day two of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship.

After junior Matt Warren retired the Pirates in order to begin the game, Creighton scored in their first at-bat. Sophomore Nicky Lopez reached on a hit by pitch with one down, then the Bluejays put together a two-out rally as junior Brett Murray singled to right to put runners on the corners before an RBI double off the bat of junior Ryan Fitzgerald gave Creighton a 1-0 lead. [Read more…]

Huskers open Big 10 softball tourney with win over host Buckeyes

NU StokesThe Nebraska softball team opened postseason play with a 5-2 win over host Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday evening at Buckeye Field.

With the win, Nebraska (33-20) advanced to Saturday’s second semifinal. The Huskers will face either second-seeded Minnesota or No. 10 seed Iowa at 5 p.m. (Central) on BTN. The Big Ten Tournament championships game is set for 7:30 p.m. (Central) on Saturday.

The Huskers won behind a strong outing from junior right-hander Emily Lockman, who earned the win to improve to 17-12 on the season. Lockman tossed a complete game and held Ohio State to only two runs, after the Buckeyes set a Big Ten Tournament record with 24 runs on Thursday against Indiana. Lockman scattered nine hits against a Buckeye offense that ranks 10th nationally in scoring and 19th in batting average. [Read more…]

Creighton baseball comes up short against Wolfpack

CU ConnollyThe Creighton Baseball team came up just short, falling 5-4, against Nevada on Friday, May 8.

The loss dropped Creighton to 27-15, while Nevada moved to 39-12.

The Bluejays claimed the lead with a run in the top of the first as sophomore Daniel Woodrow laced a leadoff double to right-center. He went to third on a balk, then came home on an RBI single from sophomore Nicky Lopez.

After the Wolf Pack pulled even on an RBI single from Jay Anderson in the top of the second, Creighton reclaimed the lead via an RBI double from sophomore Kevin Connolly in its half of the frame. The Bluejays, however, left the bases loaded in the frame as Creighton settled for a 2-1 lead.

Nevada made the missed opportunity sting even more with single runs in the third and fifth frames to take a 3-2 edge. [Read more…]