It was a 2-1 week for the Creighton baseball team, as they faced I-80 rival Nebraska on Wednesday before playing a weekend series against Fresno State. The weekend series against the Bulldogs was reduced to a two-game series due to cold temperatures on Saturday in Omaha.
Creighton (9-6-1) 4 v. Nebraska (12-7) 5 F/10
In the first of three games this season, Creighton traveled east to face the Cornhuskers at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. The Huskers struck first, scoring in the third inning before adding a second run in the fourth. Ryan Fitzgerald started a three-run fifth inning, drawing a leadoff walk. Nicky Lopez and Jake Peter had back-to-back singles, which scored Fitzgerald. Mike Gerber's sac fly tied the game, and Kevin Lamb's single put the Jays in front 3-2. Nebraska tied things up in the bottom of the seventh off Mark Lukowski with two outs. With the scored tied at three, the teams advanced to extra innings. The Bluejays went ahead when Brett Murray scored on a wild pitch in the top of the tenth. Jake Peter came on to pitch and got the first two outs with little trouble, but a parade of three singles resulted in two runs and a 4-3 defeat.
Game 1: Fresno State (15-8) 1 v. Creighton (10-6-1) 2
Back at the friendly confines of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, the Jays welcomed in 2008 National Champion Fresno State. The Bulldogs took the first lead after a single and double before a sac fly that produced a run off starter Matt Warren. In the bottom half of the fourth, Creighton responded when Gerber led off with a triple and was brought home on a Cody Kottich single. The tie wouldn't last long, as the Bluejays scored a run in the fifth inning when Reagan Fowler, with runners on first and second, singled up the middle, scoring Nicky Lopez. Warren went 5.2 innings before giving way to four relievers who allowed just one hit. Will Bamesberger, Max Ising, John Oltman and Bryan Sova, who got the save, combined for 3.1 scoreless innings.
Game 2: Fresno State (15-9) 2 v. Creighton (11-6-1) 6
After Saturday's game was called due to cold conditions, the teams met Sunday for the series finale. Unlike their previous two games of the week, the Jays struck first, getting three runs in the second inning off Bulldog starter Tim Borst. Fresno State was plagued by errors in the third, and the Bluejays took full advantage. Starter Austin Groth, who worked in and out of trouble during his 4.1 innings of work, allowed one run in the fourth inning. CU picked up three runs in the fourth and two more in the eighth to take the two-game series. Fowler was 3-for-3 and scored two runs on the afternoon, while Gerber, Lamb and Fitzgerald each drove in runs.
Next up for Creighton is a Wednesday night game against Kansas with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 pm at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The Jays will host a second opponent from the Sunflower State when they welcome Kansas State for a weekend series, starting Friday night at 6:30 pm.
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