Creighton Edges Nebraska 2-1
Senior Jack Strunc hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and six Creighton pitchers held Nebraska to four hits as the Bluejays picked up a 2-1 win over the Huskers on Tuesday night before 10,378 fans at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The win gives Creighton (23-8) the series win over the Huskers (22-14), also 2-1, for the first time in consecutive seasons since 1992 and 1993.
Denson Hull needed just 21 pitches to retire all seven men he faced and help the Bluejays off to a good start. Ben Dotzler and Paul Bergstrom both notched four outs to help the Jays get to the back end of their bullpen with a 1-0 lead.
The Jays got that 1-0 lead thanks to a two-out rally in the fourth inning. Jordan Hovey walked and advnaced to second when Parker Upton was plunked. With both runners moving on a full count with two outs, Jared Wegner's single to left scored Hovey.
The Bluejay lead held up until the sixth inning, when Spencer Schwellenbach singled later scored on a sacrifice fly by Gunner Hellstrom before winning pitcher John Sakowski worked out of the jam. Sakowski would improve to 3-0 with 2.2 scoreless innings of work.
Creighton answered Nebraska's score with one of its own, as Strunc pulled a Mike Waldron offering into the seats above the left-field bullpen for his first homer of the season with one out in the sixth inning.
After Creighton left the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings, the Jays called on closer Bobby Kametas to slam the door. Kametas was unusually wild, falling behind 2-0 to the first four batters he faced and walking a pair, before retiring pinch-hitter Mojo Hagge on a flyout to end the game with the go-ahead run stranded at first. The save was the fifth of the season and 12th career for Kametas, who capped a fourth straight game where CU allowed just one run.
Creighton visits Kansas on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN+ before returning to Omaha to host Xavier in a battle of the top two teams atop the BIG EAST standings.