Creighton completes season sweep of in-state rivals with 8-1 win over UNO

Creighton completes season sweep of in-state rivals with 8-1 win over UNO
World-Herald News Service

Creighton fell behind 1-0 after one inning, but its pitching staff subdued the UNO offense from there and its bats eventually came alive to clinch a comfortable 8-1 victory over the Mavs on Kids Day Tuesday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.

The win secured a perfect 11-0 record in midweek games for CU, which swept both three-game season series against rivals Nebraska and UNO. The Jays have now won six straight — although they still need help to qualify for next week’s Big East tournament.

The Mavs dropped their ninth in a row, unable to keep pace with Creighton after a strong start. Junior Grant Suponchick put his team in front 1-0 with an RBI single in the first inning.

But UNO did not record a hit after that. Its lone base runner after the first came courtesy of a one-out walk in the seventh.

CU starter Denson Hull retired the final 14 hitters he faced. Five more Jays relievers combined to work four scoreless innings.

Creighton used a three-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Its four-run fifth essentially clinched the victory. Junior infielders Thomas Luevano and Jack Strunc both had three RBIs.

CU will return to action Friday when it hosts California in the final regular season series of the year. UNO faces off against Western Illinois beginning Thursday at Seymour Smith Park.

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