Nebraska (22-12, 5-4 Big Ten) vs. Creighton (14-15, 2-7 MVC)
Tuesday, April 10 – 6:35 p.m.
Probable pitchers: Jon Keller, So., RHP (3-1) vs. Ty Blach, Jr., LHP (3-3)
Fresh off a 2-1 series win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Huskers are set to host the Creighton Bluejays at Hawks Field on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. It will be the first of three meetings between the two programs this season, with the other two games coming at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The game will be shown nationwide on the Big Ten Network and streamed live on BTN2Go.com.
The Huskers enter the game with a 22-12 overall record and a 5-4 Big Ten record, while the Bluejays are 14-15 overall and 2-7 in the Missouri Valley.
Winners of two straight, the Huskers are scheduled to start sophomore Jon Keller, who will look to improve on his 3-1 record in ninth start of the season. The Jays are set to counter with junior lefty Ty Blach, who is 3-3 on the year with a 3.00 ERA.
The Creighton Bluejays enter Tuesday’s game with a 14-15 overall record and a 2-7 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Jays are one game under .500 on the road with a 7-8 record and have dropped three straight road games since beating Pacific in Stockton, Calif., on March 11.
The Jays have hit a rough stretch of late, as they have are 3-8 in their last 11 games.
Last Friday against Indiana State, Erik Mattingly threw nine innings of no-hit ball, but the Jays were unable to give their pitcher any support and ended up losing the game, 2-0, in 12 innings.
Offensively, only one of the Jays’ regulars is hitting over .300, as Nick Judkins is hitting .342 (39-for-114). Creighton only has 10 home runs on the year, but CU’s pitchers have only given up 12.
Nine CU pitchers have an ERA under 5.00, including four with an ERA under 3.00. The staff is holding opponents to a .247 batting average and has 178 combined strikeouts compared to just 86 walks.
Tuesday’s scheduled starter is lefty Ty Blach, who enters the game with a 3-3 record and a 3.00 ERA. Blach leads the Bluejays with 54.0 innings pitched, while no other pitcher has top 30.0 innings.
Blach has given up 25 runs (18 earned) on 45 hits, while striking out 39 and walking 16. He has given up just one home run on the year and is holding opposing batters to a .233 average.