Jeff Tezak’s RBI double in the top of the 12th inning broke a 1-1 tie and sparked a three-run inning, as Nebraska evened the season series with Creighton with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Huskers had just five hits over the first 11 innings, but strung together four hits in the 12th, including run-scoring hits from Tezak and Cade Thompson. With one out, Cody Neer and Tezak came through with consecutive doubles off of Bluejay closer Bob Lackovic to plate NU’s first run of the frame. Kyle Bubak, who had two hits,then laid down a bunt single which was thrown away by CU third baseman Jimmy Swift, scoring Tezak from second. Thompson made it a three-run game, driving in Bubak with an RBI single to right.
Creighton rallied in the bottom of the inning against Michael Mariot, who came in the 10th for Husker starter Erik Bird. One-out singles by Carson Vitale and pinch-hitter Scott Thronburg started the rally, putting runners on first and second. After Mariot retired Nick Becker for the second out, Robbie Knight roped a two-run double to right to pull the Bluejays within 4-3. Mariot then closed out the game by getting Elliot Soto to foul out to Tyler Farst.
The Huskers broke the scoreless deadlock in the top of the fifth, getting a two-out RBI from Adam Bailey, who drove in his team-high 40th run of the season. With one out, Cory Burleson struck out but reached on a wild pitch to get the rally started. The freshman stole second and moved to third before Bailey sent a 1-1 offering from Brandon Koeningstein through the left side to score Burleson.
Creighton answered in the bottom off the fifth as Robbie Knight doubled to left with two outs before Elliot Soto’s RBI single to right tied the score at one apiece.