September 17, 2014

Storm Chasers repeat at Triple-A national champions

The Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-2 tonight at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina to capture their second straight Triple-A National Championship, and third Triple-A Championship overall. It is the first back-to-back Triple-A Championships in franchise history. Brett Hayes was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

The Storm Chasers led 2-1 through four and a half innings on two RBI by Cheslor Cuthbert, but then the game was halted for one hour and 45 minutes due to thunderstorms. After the delay the PawSox tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth, but then Brett Hayes hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the seventh with two outs to put the Chasers ahead for good. After the Hayes round-tripper, the Omaha bullpen retired nine of the final ten Pawtucket batters to clinch the title and finished a postseason where they only let in one earned run in 35.0 combined innings.

Omaha is the third team to win the Triple-A Championship in back-to-back years.

Story courtesy OmahaStormChasers.com

19th ranked Wayne State volleyball rallies past #22 Augustana

#19 Wayne State College rallied from a 2-1 deficit to open Northern Sun Conference volleyball play Tuesday evening with a thrilling five-set win at #22 Augustana College. Scores of the match were 25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19 and 15-5. WSC is now 8-1 overall and 1-0 in the NSIC

The first set featured 12 ties and four lead changes between the two clubs. With the score tied at 20-20, WSC got a kill from Alyssa Frauendorfer followed by an Augustana attack error to take a 22-20 lead. The Wildcats then used a Katie Hughes kill and a block by Frauendorfer for a 24-20 lead before finishing with a kill from setter Leisa McClintock to take the first set 25-21.

In the second set WSC held a 20-19 lead, but the Vikings scored three straight points to take the lead for good at 22-20 as Augustana recorded a match-high 19 kills in the second set to win 25-22.  Augustana used a scoring run midway through the third set to take a 25-18 win.

Wayne State used a late scoring run in the fourth set to take a 25-19 win, forcing a fifth set and the Wildcats took control hitting .529 with nine kills and no attack errors while forcing the Vikings into six attack errors and a -.048 attack percentage as WSC rolled 15-5 in the fifth set to rally for the win.

3rd ranked Creighton soccer remains undefeated at win over UIC

The No. 3 Creighton men’s soccer team defeated UIC 3-1 at Morrison Stadium Tuesday night.  The Bluejays never trailed in the contest, extending their streak to six straight matches this season in which Creighton has yet to fall behind. An early goal from CU sophomore Fabian Herbers put the Jays ahead. He later assisted on the game-winning score by junior Timo Pitter in the second half to secure the victory.

Creighton improves to 5-0-1 with the win while UIC drops to 3-2-1 with the setback. It marks the first victory in the series for the Bluejays against UIC in three attempts – all at Morrison Stadium.

Huskers ready to renew an old rivarly (AUDIO)

The Huskers are 24th in this week’s AP poll, and they host an old rival of sorts in Miami this Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be the renewal of one of college football’s most significant non-conference rivalries where the two schools are 5-5 in the all-time series. The two programs have combined for 10 national championships, including eight since 1983. Saturday’s game will mark Miami’s first trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln since 1976.

The 1983 Hurricanes clinched the program’s first national crown with a memorable 31-30 victory over Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl. Three of Miami’s five national titles, came with bowl victories over Nebraska. Nebraska’s 1994 national championship, the first of three in a four-year span under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne, came with a win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. Osborne’s 1994 Huskers will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their championship season with a reunion this weekend in Lincoln.

Listen as we take you down memory lane.

Huskers battle heat and hostile environment as Pelini pleased with better effort (AUDIO)

The Huskers laid an early knockout blow in their 55-19 win at Fresno State, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first three minutes and Bo Pelini talked about how that kind of took the life out of the stadium.  562 total yards including 127 of those in the first three minutes of the game. A 70 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp and a 57 yard run by Ameer Abdullah.

Defensively, the Huskers saw a lot of passing, had to play a lot of dime coverage, which means six defensive backs which will help down the road. It was also the return of Randy Gregory, who had three tackles.  Just coming back from knee surgery, really saw his first significant playing time and it was so hot out there, Pelini said Gregory battled and played well.  The conditions and flow of the game made it tough for the entire team.