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UNO baseball sweeps season series from Creighton, with help from ex-Bluejays

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A trio of former Bluejays returned to their old ballpark to help UNO pick up another win over its city rival.

Cam Frederick and Will Hanafan drove in runs and Jack Lombardi scored once as the Mavericks earned a 5-3 win over Creighton at Schwab Field.

UNO (22-24) also won the first meeting between the teams 5-3 on a March 8 night when temperatures were about 40 degrees colder than it was Tuesday.

"The guys did a good job of playing a complete game tonight, which we've been struggling to do last weekend," UNO coach Evan Porter said. "They came ready to play. All the credit goes to our players."

Harrison Kreiling made his second career start for the Mavs after outstanding start last Tuesday against Kansas.

Kreiling, who faced the minimum through six innings against the Jayhawks, struck out six Bluejays in his three innings.

UNO had runners at second and third with one out in the fourth, but CU (25-16) kept the game scoreless by throwing out Eddie Rosario at the plate. The Mavs, though, broke through in the fifth.

Lombardi doubled down the left-field line before Frederick followed with a single to left to score Lombardi. Both played at Creighton before transferring to UNO.

The Mavs added two more runs in the sixth when another former Bluejay, Hanafan, hit a drive to left center that was just out of the diving reach of left fielder Jared Wegner. Hanafan's single brought home Eddie Satisky from second, then Harrison Denk later scored on a wild pitch.

Satisky's RBI double to left made it 4-0 in the seventh before Creighton got on the board.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Andrew Meggs lined an RBI single. With two on, Joey Machado came on in relief and struck out Jared Wegner to end that threat.

Creighton, though, put together another two-out rally in the eighth. Nolan Clifford hit a two-run double to the base of the wall in left field to make it a one-run game.

But UNO answered in the ninth, when Noah Greise brought home Mike Boeve with a single up the middle. Boeve had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 22 games while Machado recorded the last seven outs for his fourth save.

The Mavs begins a crucial Summit League series against Oral Roberts on Friday night.

"We need to find a way to bring the energy we did tonight every game this weekend," Porter said.

Creighton will look to snap a five-game losing streak when it hosts Butler at 11 a.m. Friday,

UNO (22-24) ................. 000 012 101—5 11 1

At Creighton (25-16) ..... 000 000 12x—3 7 1

W: Gordon, 1-2. L: Lidd, 2-1. S: Machado, 4. 2B: UNO, Lombardi, Satisky. CU, Clifford.


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