Creighton (28-15) fell behind 9-1 against in-state foe Nebraska (24-26) before falling 12-9 in front of 10,418 on Tuesday night in Omaha. The Cornhuskers chased Jays starter Matt Warren after 2.2 innings in which he allowed seven runs, four of which were earned.
Errors plagued CU as they committed three on the game. Fielding blunders helped prolong the first inning, which Nebraska used to race out to a 5-0 lead. Creighton got one run back in the second inning, but left the bases loaded.
In the third and fifth innings, the Huskers scored two runs in each frame to push the advantage to eight runs. The Jays fought back with a four-run fifth inning, cutting the deficit to 9-5. CU took four walks, but got a timely two-run double from Ryan Fitzpatrick to cap the inning.
Trailing by four, the offense got the home team to within one run, tacking three runs on in the bottom of the sixth inning. Frederico Castagnini hit a two-run homer, his first in a Creighton uniform, to left field making it 9-7. The offense added one more run in the inning, making it a one run game. Creighton was unable to get any closer as Nebraska added three more runs over the next three innings to the Jays one.
The teams split the 2013 series at one apiece with a postponed contest. Next up for the Bluejays will be the conclusion of the regular season when Missouri State comes to town for a three-game series starting on Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
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