Creighton and Nebraska baseball both came away with conference wins on the road this weekend. Creighton headed to Pennsylvania to take on Villanova, while the Huskers headed to New Jersey to face off against Rutgers.
Creighton started the series against Villanova with a 9-3 win Friday behind a strong pitching performance from Rollie Lacy. Lacy allowed just two runs on five hits over eight innings, picking up his Big East-leading seventh win of the season.
The Bluejays came back Saturday with a win in the first half of a doubleheader with Villanova. The score was knotted heading into the ninth when Creighton’s offense scored six runs to give them a 10-4 win. Senior Harrison Crawford finished the game going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Bluejays held a 6-2 lead in the seventh inning before the game was suspended before the eighth inning due to darkness. Villanova rallied when the game resumed Sunday morning, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, cutting the Creighton lead to just one run. Creighton closer David Gerber came into the game in the ninth inning to strikeout the final two batters to grab his ninth save of the season as Creighton held on for a 6-5 win.
The sweep moves Creighton to 30-9 on the season. Creighton still sits atop the Big East Conference with an 8-1 conference record. Next up for Creighton is a three game series against the Georgetown at home. That series begins Friday, May 6th at 6:30.
The Huskers struggled as they opened up their weekend series with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Nebraska was one out away from a win when in the bottom of the ninth Rutgers scored two runs on a single followed by a throwing error from the Huskers, giving them a walkoff win. None of the runs Rutgers scored Friday were earned runs.
The Huskers rallied back to take the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader behind an impressive pitching performance from Matt Waldron. Waldron had missed his previous three starts due to injury, but came back Saturday and pitched six innings, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk. The Huskers won 8-1.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Nebraska found its groove on offense as it came away with 15 hits, just one short of its season high. Sophomore Scott Schreiber finished the day going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a homerun. Nebraska came away with an 8-4 win, also clinching the series win.
After the series with Rutgers, Nebraska’s record is now 28-16 with a 9-6 conference record. The Huskers are tied for fifth in the Big Ten with Maryland, and just a half game behind Michigan for fourth place.
Next up, the Huskers head to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in a three game series. The series starts Saturday, May 7th at 12:05.