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Huskers swept by Creighton for the first time in 26 years

OMAHA, Neb. - For the third time this season, the Creighton Blue Jays defeated the Nebraska Huskers on the diamond. The two teams met last night in Omaha for the final meeting in their three-game season series.

Both previous outings had played out as opposites, Creighton winning a pitcher’s duel back on March 27, 3-1, and then the Huskers falling 12-9 in an offensive firework display in Lincoln in late April. The third game was kept close yet again, but the Blue Jays were able to hold on late to win by one, 5-4.

Nebraska starting pitcher Mike Waldron lasted only three and two-thirds innings allowing two earned runs on six hits and walking a batter, while Creighton’s Denson Hull threw five and two-thirds innings of three hit baseball before being chased by a game-tying sac fly in the sixth from Gunner Hellstrom.

The Blue Jays put up three runs in the top of the 8th inning to take a 5-2 lead prior to the Huskers scoring two of their own in the bottom frame to bring the deficit back to one. Nebraska threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but with two outs and runners on the corners, junior catcher Jesse Wilkening flied out to the warning track in left field allowing Creighton to clinch the series sweep.

This marks the first time since the 2010 season the Blue Jays have taken the season series from the Huskers. Nebraska had not been swept by the team from Omaha since meeting, and losing, twice in the 1992 season.

The Huskers will be back in Big Ten action this weekend as they open a three-game series at Hawks Field in Haymarket Park with the Indiana Hoosiers coming to town beginning Friday evening.

 

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