Nebraska Edges Creighton 4-3

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Nebraska rallied from an early two-run deficit, then held on late for a 4-3 win over Creighton Wednesday night in Omaha.

Tatum Edwards (17-5) won her ninth straight start with a complete-game effort. Edwards fired a four-hitter and struck out 11 while allowing three runs. Brooke Thomason drove in Nebraska's third and fourth runs, helping the Huskers improve to 26-7.

Becca Changstrom (13-5) took the loss for Creighton, which fell to 19-10. In a complete-game effort, Changstrom allowed four runs on nine hits, striking out six and walking three.

Edwards quickly retired the first two hitters in the home first before a two-out walk was followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Alexis Cantu that gave the Bluejays a 2-0 lead.

Mattie Fowler pulled the Huskers back to within one when she led off the top of the second with a solo home run to left. Hailey Decker followed with a home run of her own, launching a 3-2 pitch over the center-field wall.

Kiki Stokes began the top of the fifth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gabby Banda. Taylor Edwards then beat out an infield single and stole second base to put Huskers at second and third with one out. Thomason then came through with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Stokes to give the Huskers a 3-2 lead.

Creighton recorded only its second hit of the game when Liz Dike blooped a single down the right-field line with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, snapping Tatum Edwards' streak of 15 straight batters retired. That put the tying run on base and the go-ahead run at the plate in Amy Baker, the Missouri Valley Conference's all-time home run leader. But Edwards struck out Baker looking.

The Huskers gave Tatum Edwards an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Stokes reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice from Banda. Thomason then brought Stokes home with a two-out single up the middle.

Creighton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh. Cantu worked a lead-off walk and Bri Lingl followed with a double to put the tying runs at second and third with no outs. A one-out bloop single from Blair Lowe cut the lead to 4-3. A walk then loaded the bases with only one out before Edwards struck out the next two batters.

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