Baseball Bytes: Huskers Take 5 Seed, Creighton #1 in Championship Play

Baseball Bytes: Huskers Take 5 Seed, Creighton #1 in Championship Play
Creighton celebrates a Big East regular-season title-clinching win over Villanova on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Z LONG/THE WORLD-HERALD

Huskers

The Nebraska baseball team earned the No. 5 seed for the Big Ten Tournament this upcoming week at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

In Wednesday’s first round, the Huskers will face No. 4 seed Minnesota at 9 p.m. (CT).

Creighton

The Creighton Baseball team won its third BIG EAST title since 2014 with an 8-2 win over visiting Villanova on Saturday, May 18.

Needing a win to add to the BIG EAST trophies won in 2014 and 2017, Creighton scored in each of the first three innings and never trailed while matching the 2005 squad for the best mark in program history after 46 games.

The regular-season title gives Creighton the top seed in next week’s BIG EAST Championship, Presented by Jeep, that will be hosted in Mason, Ohio. Play begins on May 23rd, with Creighton taking on fourth-seeded Seton Hall at 1:30 p.m. Central. The Bluejays defeated the Pirates by scores of 5-1, 11-1 and 3-1 in mid-April and are 5-0 all-time against SHU at the BIG EAST Championship.

UNO

The Omaha baseball program fell 13-9 in the regular season series finale Saturday afternoon at Seymour Smith Park.

The game also marked Senior Day, as Andrew BrightonThomas DeBonvilleTyler DaughertyBen PalenskyBraden RogersPayton KinneyGrant SuponchickAndrew Brighton and Jonas Lovin were recognized prior to the game with their friends and family.
Omaha concludes the regular season as the No. 1 seed in next week’s Summit League Championship. The Mavericks take on the No. 4 seed Western Illinois Wednesday, May 22, at noon.

MLB

KCR- 5, LAA-1; TUE @ STL- 7:15pm

CHC-6, WASH- 5; vs. PHL- 7:05 on Boomer 1490 and 104.1, FM

MiLB

Omaha Storm Chasers‘ shortstop Humberto Arteaga smashed two home runs for his first career multi-homer game as center fielder Erick Mejia , first baseman Samir Duenez and catcher Andrew Susac drove in two runs each in the Storm Chasers’ 11-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Sunday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The two teams are slated to finish their five-game series with a Monday matinee. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05am.

In Lincoln Saltdogs action, Curt Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and homer to become the 12th player in American Association history with 600 career hits, and the ‘Dogs held on late for a 10-8 win over the Sioux City Explorers at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park on Sunday evening.

The ‘Dogs now head to Kansas City to continue their season-opening seven-game roadtrip. First pitch from T-Bones Stadium on Monday night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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