Nebraska and Creighton baseball were both back in action this weekend. Creighton traveled to Utah to take on BYU, while Nebraska hosted Nicholls State in a non-conference series.
Creighton came into its series with BYU ranked first in the nation in ERA, while BYU ranked fourth in the nation in batting average. BYU’s high-powered offense got the best of Creighton’s defense in game one, beating the Jays 13-4. BYU tallied 17 hits in Friday’s game. Creighton’s starting pitcher Rollie Lacy suffered a loss while allowing four runs on four hits with three walks in just over one inning.
The series continued with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon as the Bluejays rallied back to take both games. Freshman catcher Michael Emodi led the Jays to a 10-2 win in game one of the doubleheader behind his six RBI performance. Creighton claimed its ninth weekend series of the season after winning the final game of the series 8-5. The top four hitters in the Creighton lineup each tallied two hits.
Creighton moves to 27-9 on the season with a 5-1 conference record after the wins this weekend. The Jays sit atop the Big East conference standings, while St. John’s (20-15-1, 5-3 Big East) is at their heels.
Nebraska opened its weekend series against Nicholls State with a 6-1 victory behind a dominant pitching performance from junior Derek Burkamper. Burkamper held the Colonels to one run on seven hits. Burkamper struck out four batters with just one walk.
Nicholls State evened the series Saturday after a 7-1 win against the Huskers. Nicholls State starting pitcher Cole Stapler stifled the Huskers’ offense as he threw a complete game, allowing just one run on seven hits in the process.
The Huskers came back Sunday with a 4-2 win, taking the weekend series. Nebraska starting pitcher Jake Meyers earned the win, allowing no runs on just four hits through seven innings. The win puts the Huskers at 25-15 with a 7-5 conference record.
Up next, the Huskers and the Bluejays face off for the final installment in the in-state rivalry series Tuesday at 6:30 in TD Ameritrade Park.