The season series between Nebraska (17-10) and Creighton (17-7) is now tied 1-1. The Huskers’ won the first meeting in late March, 6-3. The Bluejays then evened the series on Tuesday evening with a 10-2 win and handed Nebraska its first loss at home for the season.
Everything started well enough for the Huskers on Tuesday. The weather was great, a good number of fans were in attendance and Nebraska’s new men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg was in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Kyle Perry got the start on the mound for Nebraska, but struggled to keep it going. Perry went 2.1 innings, giving up four hits and five runs. Perry started in the last meeting against Creighton, but was unable to get settled in this time.
Creighton came out swinging and took the lead with a two run homer in the first inning. The Jays never looked back and continued to build on their lead, reaching 10-0 at one point. Nebraska finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning with RBIs from Colby Gomes and Cam Chick.
The Huskers never got momentum on offense and recorded only four hits on the night. This was a big change compared to last weekend where Nebraska put up 39 runs against Purdue.
“Baseball is a humbling game,” Coach Darin Erstad said post-game. “It is my job to get them ready to play and we obviously weren’t ready to play.”
Whatever the case, Creighton really dominated from start to finish. The Huskers went through eight pitchers on the night, marking a season high. On top of it, Nebraska never really seemed to find any momentum.
Leadoff batter Spencer Schwellenbach returned to the starting lineup for the Huskers after suffering an ankle injury earlier in the season against Air Force. He went hitless, but looked like he was very comfortable moving around.
Ty Roseberry got some more action entering the game as the designated hitter. Roseberry recorded one hit and is now three-of-five on the season. It will be interesting to see if his playing time continues to increase.
The series finale between Nebraska and Creighton is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 in Omaha. Until then, it is back to conference play for the Huskers.
Nebraska hits the road to take on Penn State in a three game series over the weekend. First pitch is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT.