Baseball & Softball Seasons Underway: Huskers, Creighton, UNO

Husker Baseball

The Nebraska baseball team (3-1) closed its season-opening series with a 7-1 win over UC Riverside at Riverside Sports Complex on Sunday.

Freshman right-hander Colby Gomes, making his pitching debut, went 4.0 scoreless innings and recorded two strikeouts. Senior Matt Waldron threw 5.0 innings of relief and earned seven strikeouts.

The Huskers return to action next week at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz. NU faces defending national champion Oregon State in a four-game set, beginning on Thursday.

Creighton Baseball

Four scoreless innings of relief from junior Jonah Smith provided time for a game-tying home run in the ninth by junior Will Robertsonas well as the game-winning RBI in the 11th as Creighton baseball swept Liltte Rock with a 12-10 win in 11-innings on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The victory pushed the Bluejays to 3-0 on the season, while the Trojans fell to 0-3.

Creighton returns to the diamond on Friday, Feb, 22 as the Bluejays begin a four-game mini tournament with Texas State and McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.

UNO Baseball

The Omaha baseball team edged Southern California, 12-9, for its first win of the season in the series finale.

The win marks Omaha’s first road win over a Power-5 opponent since last season’s 8-7 win at Nebraska on April, 18, 2018. After leading 12-1, the Mavericks survived eight unanswered USC runs and closed out the series with a three-run victory.

Thomas DeBonville finished 2-for-6 with three RBI and a home run, Max Gamm also had three RBI (1-for-4). Matt BondarchukBraden Rogers and Parker Smejkal all had two RBI apiece. Keil Krumwiede went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

On the mound, Payton Kinney earned the win (1-0) with two strikeouts through 4.0 innings pitched, while USC’s Chandler Champlain earned the loss. Tyler Daugherty notched his first-career save with two strikeouts, as 17 of his 25 total pitches were on target.

With Wednesday’s game against Kansas postponed due to weather, the Mavericks will set their focus on another west coast series at Seattle. That four-game series is set for a 6 p.m. (CST) start on Friday, Feb. 22, followed by a doubleheader Saturday that begins at 3 p.m. Sunday’s series finale begins at 2 p.m.

Husker Softball

Behind Tristen Edwards’ career day at the plate, the Nebraska softball team (7-2) defeated Pittsburgh (1-8), 16-2, on Sunday morning in five innings. It was the first time Nebraska scored at least 15 runs since April 2017 (Rutgers). The Huskers picked up their fourth win this weekend in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking NU’s first 4-0 outing at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Edwards led the offense going 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs – including one grand slam – and eight RBIs. Edwards recorded career bests in every category and tied a Nebraska single-game record with eight RBIs.

The Huskers are back in action next weekend when they travel to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

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