Omaha, Neb. — Trailing 2-0 after three innings, the Creighton Baseball plated 10 runs to down Nebraska-Omaha 10-3 in the first game played at the Mavericks’ new facility Tal Anderson Field on Friday, March 5.
The win lifted Creighton to 3-2 on the season, while UNO fell to 3-4.
The fourth frame saw the Bluejays load the bases with no outs on a double from sophomore Jared Wegner, a single to left by sophomore Sterling Hayes, then Dax Roper was hit by a pitch. Two outs later with the bags still full, junior David Webel knotted the game at 2-2 with a ball off the glove of UNO shortstop Keil Krumwiede that was ruled an error.
“Punching in those runs in the fourth inning with two outs calmed our team down,” said Creighton head coach Ed Servais. “From that point on we had much more competitive at-bats and the runs followed.”
Creighton took its first lead of the game in the top of the fifth on a walk to freshman Alan Roden, a sacrifice by senior Ryan Mantle and an RBI single by Wegner. A bases loaded walk from senior Parker Upton later in the frame pushed the Bluejays edge to 4-2.
After the Mavericks inched closer with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Creighton responded with a run in the sixth as sophomore Andrew Meggs ripped a leadoff double down the right field line and scored via an RBI single by Roden.
The Bluejays tacked on three more runs in the seventh with Meggs delivering a bases loaded two-run single up the middle and Roden lifting an RBI double to right.
Holding an 8-3 lead, Creighton’s final two runs came on a two-run blast in the eighth inning by Roper.
Bluejay starter Dylan Tebrake earned the win (2-0), by limiting UNO to three runs on four hits and two walks in five innings of work. The tandem of sophomore Paul Bergstrom and senior Ben Dotzler worked four innings of scoreless relief.
Maverick reliever Mark Timmins took the loss (1-1), allowing two runs on one hit and four walks in two-thirds of an inning.
Offensively the Bluejays got a three-hit day from Wegner (3-for-5) and multi-hit offerings from Hayes, Meggs and Roden.
Creighton and Nebraska-Omaha continue the three-game series on Saturday, March 6 at 3:00 pm.