Nebraska and Creighton baseball rallied to pick up series wins at home this weekend. The Huskers and the Bluejays both won Saturday and Sunday’s games after losing game one Friday.
The Huskers walked 12 batters and scored just four runs in a 6-4 loss to Illinois in game one of the weekend series Friday. Nebraska found itself down 7-1 in the sixth inning Saturday but surged back, scoring five runs in the eighth inning to top Illinois 9-8.
The Huskers (19-9, 5-1 Big Ten) won Sunday’s game 9-7 to take the series two games to one against Illinois. Nebraska rallied behind its explosive offense in the second half of the series with 29 hits in the last two games.
Huskers sophomore designated hitter Scott Schreiber was the stand out in Sunday’s contest. Schreiber racked up four hits, a career high, along with four RBIs and a two-run homer. Schreiber now leads the team with seven home runs on the season.
The series win against Illinois gives Nebraska the most conference wins in the Big Ten, along with the third best overall record in the conference behind Michigan and Michigan State.
Up next, the Huskers face off against Kansas State at home Tuesday before heading to Werner Park to take on in-state rival Nebraska-Omaha Wednesday.
The Bluejay’s home winning streak ended Friday after dropping game one of a three game series with Jacksonville 4-3. Creighton (18-6) bounced back, winning 4-0 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday to win its sixth straight series this season.
Creighton third baseman Harrison Crawford knocked two out of the park Saturday, driving in three runs in the process. Before Saturday, Crawford had driven in just two runs all season.
Sophomore right handed pitcher Keith Rogalla helped fend off Jacksonville’s offense Sunday, allowing just four hits and one run through a career-high eight innings. Rogalla struck out four batters with no walks. The win was Rogalla’s third straight.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this team as down as they were after the game on Friday,” Creighton head coach Ed Servais said. “To come back and do what they did yesterday, and to hang on and do enough today to get a W says a lot. We wanted to win the series, we did, and now it’s on to conference play.”
Creighton hosts Seton Hall in a three game series starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. to open up conference play. The Bluejays currently hold the best overall record in the conference, but Seton Hall trails close behind.