Errors hurt the University of Nebraska at Omaha baseball team early and often Saturday as Creighton roughed up the Mavericks 11-4 in front of 1,738 at Werner Park.
Creighton (14-5) has taken the first two of the three-game series that wraps up Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Mavs (5-14) committed four errors, and the Jays got another solid performance out of their bullpen after their starter struggled for the second consecutive game.
Mark Lukowski and Nick Highberger combined to allow the Mavericks one hit and one walk over the final six innings.
Lukowski got the win for the Bluejays to improve to 3-1 while Highberger picked up his first save of the season.
UNO coach Bob Herold said the Mavericks fell short in every important aspect of the game.
“All the areas of the game you need to play to win, pitching and defense, you don't take care of those and get timely hitting, we're 0 for 3,” Herold said.
Creighton starting pitcher Nick Musec struggled with his control and was yanked by coach Ed Servais after allowing four hits and walking five in 19 batters faced.
Servais said he expects more out of his Saturday starter.
“We can't afford to walk five hitters,” Servais said. “You just can't really overcome it very often. I don't know how we did it today.”
They overcame it because of a generous UNO defense that allowed a bevy of free Creighton base runners.
A fielding error cost the Mavs in the second inning when shortstop Clayton Taylor booted a potential double-play ball off the bat of Michael Blatchford and enabled Reagan Fowler to take second base.
Two batters later, Jerry Mitchell sent a shot up the middle for a single, and Fowler made it home safely to put the Jays on top 1-0.
Creighton went up 2-0 in the third inning when, on a double steal by Brennan Murphy and Jake Peter, Mav catcher Collin Leif's throw to third sailed over the outstretched glove of Tyler Splichal. Murphy trotted home, with Peter taking third.
Fowler doubled Peter home two batters later to give a Bluejays a 3-0 advantage.
Peter went 4 for 5 with two doubles and raised his team-leading batting average to .432.
UNO suffered another costly error in the fourth inning when Splichal dropped a pop-up in front of the mound off the bat of Ryan Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald made it all the way to second on the play, and Mitchell singled him home four pitches later to give the Jays a 4-1 lead.
The Mavs got to within two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor smacked a double off Lukowski down the right-field line to score Alex Mortensen from first base and cut the Bluejay lead to 6-4.
Prior to walking Mortensen, Lukowski had retired all nine batters he'd faced in relief.
Highberger finished the game by retiring eight straight Mavericks over 223 innings to earn the save and lower his ERA to 0.64.
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