Huskers Down to Final Out, Rally with Two Runs and win 5-4
Lincoln - Downto his final strike in the bottom of the 10th and the game tied 4-4,sophomore Jake Placzek muscled a 1-2 pitch into center field that scored AustinChristensen from second base to give Nebraska a 5-4 come-from-behind victoryover Creighton on Wednesday night at Hawks Field in front of 2,432 fans.
Freshman Ryan Boldt kept the Huskers' (12-7, 0-0 Big Ten) hopesalive in the 10th when he posted an two-out infield single after a hard-hitshot to second base and then stole second base, his second steal of the night.Christensen, who went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBIs, continued the inningafter falling behind in the count with a flare down the left field line thatplated Boldt and knotted up the contest before Placzek sent Husker Nation homewith a win.
The Husker offense scattered 12 hits on the day with two-hitoutings from Austin Darby, Steven Reveles, Taylor Fish and Ben Miller, whoconnected on a 1-2 pitch for a solo home run to deep right field to open the NUscoring. The first career home run for Miller gave the Huskers an early 1-0lead after three frames.
With one out and a runner on third in the bottom of the fourth,Christensen took a 3-2 pitch to right field where Creighton's Brett Murray madean highlight-reel catch against the wall that took away a home run. Despite thefly out, Boldt tagged up on the play to give NU a 2-0.
In the top half of the fifth inning, the Jays took the lead withthree runs on three hits after some help from the NU pitching staff. CU's RyanFitzgerald led off with a walk, and after a strikeout by leadoff hitter BradMcKewon, Nicky Lopez and Jake Peter each singled, with Peter driving in theJays' first run of the game. Mike Gerber followed with a sacrifice fly to knotup the score, before Kevin Lamb's base hit drove in Peter for the go-ahead run.After reliever Jeff Chesnut loaded the bases with a two-out walk to Murray,senior Bob Greco came in and put out the fire with a strikeout of pinch-hitterCody Kottich.
The Jays' kept their lead until the bottom of the seventh whenFish got a rally started with a two-out single. Darby then took a 1-0 pitch theopposite way to keep the inning alive, and Reveles laced a 1-1 offering throughthe left side that scored Fish and tied the game at 3-3.
After each team went down in order in the eighth, the Jays had thewinning run at second base with one out, but freshman reliever Jake Hohenseeretired CU's No. 5 and 6 hitters to give the Huskers a chance to win in thebottom of the frame.
Nebraska also had the winning run in scoring position in Ty Kildowafter he stole second base as a pinch runner following a single by Miller. CU'sBryan Sova was able to escape the inning though when first baseman ReaganFowler made a diving stop on a ground ball by Reveles down the first-base linefor the third out of the inning.
Creighton got the break it need in the top of the 10th when abases loaded wild pitch from Josh Roeder allowed the go-ahead run to touchhome. Despite uncorking the wild pitch in the 10th, Roeder picked up the winand moved to 2-0 on the year.
Creighton brought closer Jake Peter in to seal the win and he wason his way when he retired Michael Pritchard and Pat Kelly to start the bottomof the 10th, but three-straight two-out singles from Boldt, Christensen andPlaczek changed the ending in NU's favor.
The Huskers will be back in action this weekend when they open theBig Ten Conference play with a three-game series in Iowa City, Iowa, againstthe Iowa Hawkeyes, who lead the Big Ten with a 12-5 record. First pitch onFriday is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on HawkeyeAll-Access, subscription required. Lane Grindle and Ben McLaughlin will alsohave the call across the Husker Sports Network, including for free onHuskers.com.
Courtesy UNL Sports Information