Huskers Rally to Knock Off Creighton Bluejays

Brandon Buckman's ninth-inning homer broke a 4-all tie, as sixth-ranked Nebraska posted a 6-4 victory over No. 21 Creighton in front of a crowd of 12,276 at Rosenblatt Stadium Tuesday evening.

Buckman went 3-for-5 with two homers, his seventh and eighth of the season, while adding three RBIs and scoring three times. His effort helped the Huskers (21-5) take the first game of the three-game season series.

The Huskers struck first, getting a two-run single by redshirt freshman Jake Mort in the top of the second off CU starter Tony Bilek, who went just 1.2 innings. After a leadoff single by Brandon Buckman, Luke Gorsett was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. Jake Opitz sacrificed both runners into scoring position before Mort ripped a 1-1 pitch into left two batters later.

Nebraska added two more runs in third. Ryan Wehrle tripled off the top of the wall in left before coming home on Buckman's tape-measure blast that landed near the the top of the bleachers in right.

Creighton chipped away at the Husker lead in the fifth, scoring three times off in the frame to chase Husker starter Charlie Shirek after 4.2 innings. With one out, an infield single and a walk put runners on first and second before RBI singles by John Nowaczyk and Matt Daeges closed the Husker lead to 4-2. Two batters later, Chase Odenreider made it a one-run game with a run-scoring single to right. Jared Cranston came out of the bullpen and got NU out of the jam, striking out Darin Ruf to end the inning.

Cranston pitched a scoreless sixth, but ran into trouble in the seventh when Creighton pushed a run across to make it a 4-all game. After a Nowaczyk single, Daeges dropped down a bunt and Mort got the runner at second, but Wehrle's throw to turn the double play went into the Husker dugout, allowing Daeges to get into scoring position. The error would prove costly, as reliever Erik Bird retired the first man he faced, but Odenreider then singled to right to plate CU's fourth run. After another base hit put runners on the corner, Brett Jensen came in and struck out Chad Odgen to end the rally.

The Huskers came to life against Creighton preseason All-American Scott Reese in the ninth, scoring twice to take a 6-4 lead. With one out, Buckman gave NU the lead with a homer to right that hooked inside the foul pole for his second homer of the evening. After a Gorsett single, Jeff Christy's second hit of the night gave NU a two-run lead, as the senior slapped an RBI single to right to score Gorsett from second.

The runs snapped a streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings for Reese

The Huskers continue their eight-game road trip this weekend, as they take on the Missouri Tigers in Columbia. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Pinnacle Sports Network.


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