Baseball Bytes: Huskers Take Down Michigan, Creighton Smashes Villanova

Huskers

Tied 2-2, Nebraska (27-19, 14-8 Big Ten) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh on its way to a 5-2 win over Michigan at Hawks Field on Thursday night.

Michigan (37-15, 15-6 Big Ten) retains its lead in the conference standings, but things have tightened up. Nebraska is in a three-way tie for third with Illinois and Minnesota at 14-8, while Indiana is in second place at 15-7.

The Huskers and Wolverines meet for a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. The second game will begin at 8:02 p.m.  Game two will be broadcast on Big Dog 98.9 FM and 1340 AM with the Husker Sports Network.

Creighton

Senior Mitch Ragan threw 7.1 innings of one-run ball as Creighton Baseball moved into a tie for first place in the BIG EAST with a 10-1 win over visiting Villanova on Thursday, May 16.

Creighton improved to 33-11 (12-4 BIG EAST) with its third straight victory, and eighth in its last nine games. Villanova dropped to 13-36 with the loss (4-11 BIG EAST) while being eliminated from contention for a spot in next week’s BIG EAST Championship.

The Bluejays and Wildcats will resume their series on Friday in another 6:30 p.m. Central start at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

UNO

The Omaha baseball team clinched the 2019 Summit League regular-season championship Thursday with a 13-3 win over Oral Roberts and North Dakota State’s 3-2 win against South Dakota State.

The regular-season crown marks Omaha’s third of the Division I era, joining the 2013 and 2014 teams, who were ineligible to advance to postseason play due to Omaha’s reclassification to NCAA Division I.

Omaha returns to action today at 2 p.m. against Oral Roberts at Seymour Smith Park.

Omaha Storm Chasers

Storm Chasers first baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and center fielder Bubba Starling each smacked two hits, including a homer, however Oklahoma City left fielder Zach Reks mashed a three-run shot as part of a four-run fifth inning in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win over Omaha on Thursday evening at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The two teams are scheduled to continue their five-game series on Friday evening, with first pitch set for 7:05pm

Lincoln Saltdogs

Tyler Moore went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in his Saltdogs debut, but the ‘Dogs fell behind by six and couldn’t overcome it in a 6-2, season-opening loss to the Sioux City Explorers at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park on Thursday night.

The ‘Dogs continue their season-opening seven-game road trip with the second of four games against the Explorers on Friday night. First pitch from Mercy Field is scheduled for 7:12 p.m.

 

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